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Before You Arrive

To ensure that you arrive ready to begin your studies it is important that your pre-departure preparation is done adequately.

Visa Information

All overseas students must apply for a student visa before travelling to Australia. To find out more, please contact your nearest Australian Embassy, Consulate or High Commission, or visit

Comprehensive information about visa application, student work rights and restrictions, health requirements and much more can be found on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website at


Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

OSHC is insurance to assist international students meet the costs of medical and hospital care that they may need while in Australia.

As an international student, it is a condition of your student visa that you have OSHC for the entire duration of your stay in Australia.

Exceptions to this requirement only apply where the Department of Immigration & Border Protection recognises a suitable alternative health cover arrangement. This includes Swedish and Norwegian students who have health cover with the approved home government insurer.

"Dual or Multi Family" Overseas Student Health Cover provided by Allianz Global Assistance must be arranged if you intend to travel to Australia with your family members as dependents on your student visa.

Students who do not arrive in Australia on a student visa will not be covered by OSHC until they have obtained a student visa.

Click here for more information about OSHC.


Planning your budget

Planning your budget is an important part of your application and preparation.  On top of your university fees, SSAF, OSHC and book and resource fees, you will also need to work out your living expenses.

Estimated Weekly costs $AU
Rent (Share accommodation $85 - $215
Groceries & eating out $80 - $280
Gas, Electricity $35 - $140
Mobile phone & Internet $25 - $55
Public transport / Travel $15 - $$55
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Total Estimated Weekly Costs* $270 - $825

All prices are to be used as a guide and can vary based on indivudual circumstances.  For more information regarding living in Australia visit the Study in Australia website

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia. From 1 July 2016 the 12 month living cost is:

  • You - $19,830
  • Partner or spouse - $6,940
  • Child - $2,970

All costs are per year in Australian dollars. To convert to your own currency, visit (opens in a new window)


Guidelines, Policies and Regulations

The Australian Government wants overseas students in Australia to have a safe, enjoyable and rewarding place to study. Australia's laws promote quality education and consumer protection for overseas students. These laws are known as the ESOS framework and they include the Education Services for Overseas (ESOS) Act 2000 and the National Code 2007.


Books and Miscellaneous Study Expenses

A minimum of $A400 per trimester is required for text books. Students will also need to budget for other study associated costs such as stationery and subject handbooks.

Emergency Numbers

An emergency is:
The actual or imminent occurrence of an event which endangers or threatens the safety or health of any person in the area; and/or destroys, or threatens to destroy or damage any property.

In any life threatening Emergency Call (0) 000 (112 from Mobile) and request Police, Fire or Ambulance. Then notify JCU Gatehouse on 07 4781 5555.

James Cook University - Critical Incident Policy

Policies and Procedures

Please check out the full list of Policies and Procedures from A - Z.

Academic Acknowledgement and Plagiarism Policy

Academic Progression Policy

Administration of Commonwealth Scholarships

Administrative Charges - Rules

Admissions Policy

Advanced Standing for Previous Studies and Recognised Prior Learning

Appointment of Examiners - Near Relatives

Commonwealth Assisted Students - Policy

Domestic Tuition Fee Policy

Enrolment Requirements for International Student Visa-Holders

Examination Requirements

Fees for Course-and Subject-related Goods and Services (Incidental Fees) Policy

Leave of Absence from Study

OS-Help Loans Policy

Provision for Defence Force Reservists Enrolled as JCU Students

Review of Assessment and Student Access to Scripts and Materials

Special Consideration, Supplementary, Deferred and Special Examinations Requirements

Standard System for Reporting Grades

Student's Suitability to Continue a Course Involving Placement

Student Academic Misconduct Requirements

Student Access to a Dictionary During an Examination

Student Conduct Policy

Students Fees and Charges Payment Allocation Policy

Student Loans

Students with Disabilities

Transfer of International Student Visa Holders to Other Educational Institutions

Tuition Fee Internal Sponsorship Policy

Tuition Fee Payment Instalment Plan Policy for On-shore and Distance International Students

Tuition Fee Policy for International Students

UMAP Grants Policy

University Prizes

University Requirements for Undergraduate Coursework Awards

University Scholarships

US Federal Aid Loans - Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Requirements for Continuity of Funding


Overseas Student Health Cover provided by Allianz Global Assistance