I’m on a tourist/working holiday visa and want to change to a student visa

Common Questions and Issues

I came to Australia on a tourist visa and I wish to study in Australia – am I allowed to do that?

My working holiday visa is expiring soon – can I remain in Australia to apply for a student visa?

Can I visit the schools I am interested in before I submit an application and apply for my student visa?

I am not sure about my English level – can I take a placement test to find out how many weeks of English I need to study?

I just finished my study tour and I liked it – can I extend my course and apply for a student visa?

How ACIC can help

Our expert education consultants will guide you through every step and based on your situation and available budget, we will design the best study options tailored for you. We can help you apply for English classes as well as courses at all levels – ranging from high school, to certificates & diplomas, to Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degrees.

Our consultants will provide you with the latest course information, saving you from researching, and help you compare courses according to your needs (e.g. school timetable, school location, paying tuition fee by instalments, etc). We will then help you lodge and follow up your school application until enrolment. If required, we can arrange English placement tests or campus tours for you to see the school first.

Most importantly, we will also assist you with your visa extension in Australia and help with any issues after enrolment. We will handle all communications with the Australian Department of Immigration so that you can focus on your studies and life in Australia.

Did you know? ACIC’s education advice and application service is FREE for international students already in Australia as we are an authorised and official representative of the long list of universities and colleges that we work with.

Full range of ACIC services
  • Unbiased course advice and tailored study plans that are best for your situation
  • Provide the latest school and course information (entry requirements, pricing, timetables, etc).
  • Quickest application outcomes
  • Arrange English placement tests
  • Waive school application fees*
  • Assist with GTE checks and questions
  • Assist with personal statements
  • Arrange health insurance (OSHC) and book medical check-ups
  • Visa applications: help change visa class (including FREE onshore visa extensions*)
  • Migration and other visa advice
  • Get scholarships
  • We use customised and modern CRM software to monitor your application, enrolment and visa processes

*For eligible students

The ACIC Difference

ACIC is recommended by all the top institutions in Australia – click here to see video testimonials.

ACIC was established in Australia in 1988 and we now have over 35 years of experience in the Australian education sector. Our experience is unrivalled in the industry and is backed by the 90000+ students whom ACIC have successfully helped enroll in Australian institutions. That’s a lot of experience and knowledge that you can rely on. You can be assured that ACIC will provide you with the best advice.

ACIC has consultants that specialise in helping tourist/working holiday visa holders in Australia. Whether you are from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China or elsewhere, ACIC has had many successful cases of helping students extend their stay and studies in Australia.

ACIC focuses exclusively on helping students to study in Australia (not other countries) so we are a true expert on Australian education.

All of ACIC’s staff are highly qualified and experienced. They undertake regular training and have the latest course and visa information. Over 85% of our staff at our Head Office have completed a Master’s degree from an Australian university and over 95% have studied at an Australian tertiary institution, so they have first-hand experience of student and visa processes and student life in Australia.