English skills need work? The student pathway visa is for you

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The student pathway program offers visa holders one of the best ways of adjusting to a new life in Australia with the list of courses available under the initiative including engineering, IT and healthcare studies.

The list of courses which allow aspiring international students to secure a visa and complete preparatory studies for a higher education course (generally a bachelor’s degree or higher) includes institutions in every Australian state or territory.

The scheme is designed to help students who would like to study a bachelor’s degree or higher, but have not met English language or other prerequisites, stay in the country and improve their skills before commencing the higher education course of their choosing on a student visa (subclass 500).

The recently updated list includes the Diploma of Business Studies at Charles Darwin University, the Diploma of Engineering at Flinders University, the Diploma of Cybersecurity at La Trobe University and the Diploma of Information Technology at Southern Cross University.

It was published along with updates to English language requirements for applying for a student visa in Australia. Applicants need an overall IELTS score of at least 6.0 or its equivalent where previously they needed 5.5. Students applying to study an ELICOS course, their minimum IELTS score must be 5.0 overall, up from 4.5, unless they are pursuing English language studies. 

The IELTS score needed to apply for the temporary graduate visa (subclass 485) also increased from 6.0 to 6.5 with applicants required to demonstrate a score of at least 5.5 for each individual component of the test (speaking, reading, writing and listening). The length of this visa also decreased from 3 years to 1 year, except for students from some countries.

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