Australian Education and Migration Services

Student Exchange

Requirements applying to the student and the exchange program

Overseas students in Australia on a student visa are allowed to participate in an international exchange program provided where:

the study or training to be undertaken under the program is an assessable part of the student's course in Australia and has been approved as part of the registration process for the course the exchange is no more than 12 months in duration dependants of the student who are in Australia accompany the student if the student spends more than 6 months outside Australia for the exchange.

Education providers' responsibilities while the student is outside Australia

The education provider must report in the Provider Registration and International Students Management System (PRISMS):

any non-compliance with student visa condition 8202 which relates to attendance and satisfactory academic performance any cessation of the student's studies.

Information can be located from the Provider Registration and International Students Management System (PRISMS) website.

Education providers are required to report the above-mentioned events under the ESOS Act to enable appropriate compliance action to be taken for students who breach visa condition 8202.

A guide on education providers' reporting responsibilities can be found in the following documents:

Reporting Overseas Students for Course Non Attendance or Unsatisfactory Academic Results Recording Student Course Variations in PRISMS.

Both are available on the Help Menu in PRISMS. These guides do not replace the provider's legislative requirements under the ESOS Act.

The provider must also maintain an accurate record of the student's overseas address in accordance with section 21 of the ESOS Act.

Providers are not exempt from the National Code's Standard 6 requirement to give students access to support services that help them meet course requirements.

Student's responsibilities while on exchange overseas

The student must:

complete their course within the expected course duration as per National Code Standard 9 requirement comply with visa condition 8202 which relates to attendance and satisfactory academic performance comply with condition 8517 which requires the student to maintain adequate arrangements for the education of school-aged dependants - those who are allowed to be left behind in Australia where the student is outside Australia for 6 months or less.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure that their visa will remain valid during the period of the exchange.

It is advisable that student visa holders keep a copy of their visa grant notification with them when they travel. Their visa is linked electronically to the passport details provided in their visa application. When in Australia, they can view their visa status and entitlements online using Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO). VEVO is a free internet service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It allows them, and their employer or education provider, to view their visa details online.

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