At Torrens University Australia you will be treated fairly, studying in a positive and safe learning environment that allows you to reach your full potential.
The Torrens University Australia Student Charter outlines your rights and responsibilities while you are studying with us. Information related to fees can be found in our international student brochure.
In order to study at Torrens as an international student, you must obtain a student visa. Student visas are temporary visas that allow people to come to Australia for a specified period to study at an Australian educational institution.
An international student is defined as someone who is not an Australian or New Zealand citizen, nor a migrant holding a permanent resident visa for Australia. Visit this government site for more information: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/stud.
At Torrens, we offer innovative purpose-built campuses located in some of the most beautiful cities in Australia and New Zealand. With courses for international students available in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland, you can access some of the most covetable sites and each country’s most beautiful, sophisticated cities.
As the capital of South Australia, Adelaide is a sophisticated, modern and affordable place to live, work and study. With a population of 1.1 million, Adelaide has all the hallmarks of a major urban centre with modern and classical architecture, a bustling retail hub and a multicultural population. The city has wide streets and central squares ringed by 900 hectares of lush parklands. Traffic is rarely congested, people are relaxed and friendly, the air is clean and the public transport system can take you to the city’s white, sandy beaches or the Adelaide Hills within half an hour.
Sydney is one of the world’s most loved cities, with a sunny and vibrant buzz that makes it the ultimate summer destination. There’s no denying the beauty of its sparkling harbour and landmarks galore, and there are always plenty of things to do, from sightseeing and al fresco dining, to fun in the sand and surf at one of Sydney’s idyllic beaches. Be prepared to love every second of your time here. It is a geographically stunning, friendly and cosmopolitan city that people from all over the world call home. A place of pristine beaches, chic cafés and New York-style restaurants and bars. Nature is always close by with stunning beaches 20 minutes away from most campuses and major national parks in every direction.
Melbourne has a reputation as the cultural and creative hub of Australia. It has a cooler climate than Sydney with lots of indoor activities on offer. There’s always something exciting happening in Melbourne’s hive of bustling, creative laneways with their boutiques, restaurants, cafes and bars. The city is also a melting pot of many cultures so you will find fantastic food, markets and cultural events. Both our campuses are centrally located in trendy inner-city neighbourhoods, so going to class is easy and fun!
Brisbane is Australia’s third most-populated city (after Sydney and Melbourne) and offers a sunny, warm climate. Brisbane offers all the conveniences of a modern and cosmopolitan city. It is culturally bursting but still offers a relaxed lifestyle that’s affordable and perfect for students. If you love beaches and nature the beautiful Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast beaches and famous Great Barrier Reef are close by. Studying in Brisbane also gives you access to our cutting-edge campus that overlooks the beautiful Brisbane River. This is no ordinary campus! Expect light-filled atriums, collaborative learning spaces and the coolest interior design.
Known as the city of sails, Auckland (or Tāmaki Makaurau) is New Zealand’s most populated city with 1.4 million people currently residing here. The central city boasts a harbour, museum, art gallery, several concert and theatre venues, town hall and countless public reserves, parks and recreation areas. A variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options cater for a range of interests. The Media Design School campus is not only close to some of Auckland’s finest restaurants, cafes and shopping districts; it’s close to some great hiking spots, beautiful beaches, and adventure activities galore. Popular day trips from Auckland include taking the ferry to Waiheke Island or driving to Matamata to visit Hobbiton, where Lord of the Rings was filmed.
As a condition of your student visa you must have sufficient funds to pay all costs of studying in Australia, including tuition fees, living expenses, Overseas Health Cover, return airfares and visa fees.
Knowing the average living costs in Australia is an important part of your financial preparation. The Australian Government recommends a single student budget of AU $20,290 per year, with an additional AU $7,100 per year for a spouse and AU $3,040 per year, per child. Visit www.studyinaustralia.gov.au for details. Figures correct from 1st Feb 2018
Torrens University Australia’s accelerated bachelor courses allow students to minimise the expense of studying in Australia. The standard duration of a course is two calendar years rather than three years as at most other Australian universities.
Under-18 International Student Visa Holders
The University welcomes applications by suitably qualified under-18 international students and is guided by requirements set out in the ESOS Framework.
If you are an under-18 student who has an offer for study and intend on travelling to Australia on a student visa, you will need to have formal arrangements in place for accommodation and welfare before the Department of Home Affairs will process your visa.
There are two ways to do this:
- ACCOMPANIED: LIVING WITH PARENTS OR FAMILY
If you decide to travel and live with parents or relatives in Australia, you must apply to the Department of Home Affairs for approval.
The University is not required to issue a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation (CAAW) letter with your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) and will not accept responsibility for your welfare conditions. You will need to liaise directly with Department of Home Affairs to meet their conditions for your welfare. For more information visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
- UNACCOMPANIED: THE UNIVERSITY ACCEPTS RESPONSIBILITY FOR WELFARE AND ACCOMMODATION
You may study and live in Australia with Torrens University Australia taking responsibility for your welfare arrangements as a condition of your student visa.
You will be required to use University approved service provider companies for your accommodation and welfare arrangements. The University will not approve arrangements with any other service providers or arrangements with family members. All approved providers are expected to meet high standards of service.
Approved providers of welfare and accommodation are regularly added and updated.
The University will not enrol international students who are under 16 years of age at their commencement date of their course under any circumstances.
How to apply for your Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) letter
- Review of costs/services of Australian Homestay Network Pty Ltd and ISA Guardian and Welfare Services
- Sign a contract with Australian Homestay Network Pty Ltd and ISA Guardian and Welfare Services and pay them any necessary fees
- Pay the University the minimum fee required for tuition (and health cover if you would like us to arrange this for you)
- Your service providers will forward the International Team copies of your contracts as evidence that you have engaged their services
- When we receive both contracts from your providers for accommodation and welfare, and we receive your minimum payment for tuition from you, we will issue you an eCoE and a CAAW letter
- You may then apply for your student visa.
Please note the period of our care will extend up to your 18th birthday only, as this is the minimum requirement of your student visa. You may choose to remain in this welfare agreement and accommodation option with providers beyond the date of your 18th birthday if you so choose.
Torrens University Australia approved providers:
Australian Homestay Network Pty Ltd
Phone: +61 2 9264 0470
Fax: +61 3 9459 8710
ISA Guardian and Welfare Services
Phone: +61 3 9663 2887
Fax: +61 3 86781317
For more information, see the University’s relevant Policies and Procedure documents:
International Student under 18 Procedures
Enrolment and Attendance Policy