If you are a current international student studying with an Australian education provider, find out about how to get the most out of your experience and the measures in place to protect you while you study.
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Legislation to protect international students
The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) legislative framework makes sure that courses for international students meet high quality standards.
- Know your rights and responsibilities under the ESOS legislation
- Understand the penalties for provider breaches of ESOS legislation.
Including work integrated learning in your studies
There are many opportunities to increase your employability while you study. This includes work integrated learning (WIL) opportunities such as internships, cadetships, work placements and more.
- preparing for WIL
- understanding Australian workplace cultures
- undertaking WIL in an online environment.
What to do if your education provider closes or you cannot complete your course
The Tuition Protection Service (TPS) is a placement and refund service that helps:
- Eligible students who are affected by an education provider closure
- Students who have either withdrawn from or not started their course, and who are eligible for a refund of tuition fees, but the refund has not been processed by their education provider
- Provide students with the information they need to choose an alternative course that best suits them
- Arrange a refund of any pre-paid tuition fees if there is no course that meets their needs.
The rights of international students at work
International students have the same workplace rights and protections as anyone else working in Australia. For all you need to know about paying tax, working hours and the type of work you can do.Read more about the rights of international students
Welfare arrangements for international students under 18 years
If you are under 18 years old, you must have approved welfare arrangements in place when studying in Australia.
- Find frequently asked questions
- Explore options for welfare arrangements
- Read guidance for education providers on these welfare arrangements.