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Welcome 2022 Students: International Students

International Student Guide


Please read key details listed below on an International enrolment prior to accepting your place at AFTRS. 

They outline detailed information about accepting the offer, your fees and other information which will assist you taking up your place in the course.

If you have any questions or would like to talk through the process, please contact the Student Centre team on +61 2 9805644 or email:

International: Step One - Accept Your Offer as per date in your offer email


To accept your offer please go to the AFTRS Portal by the date indicated on your Offer letter. 

If you do not accept your offer by that date, your offer will lapse.

To access the AFTRS portal you will need the username and password which you set up during the application process.  

Once on the AFTRS Portal, you will be able to choose either:

  • Accept
  • Decline
  • Defer


If you have been offered a place in a course, you can defer the commencement of your study by one year if you have a reason why you cannot take up your offer immediately. You will select a reason from the drop down menu available once you select DEFER

2. International: Overseas Health Cover


International student applicants must have Overseas Health Insurance Cover (OSHC) for the duration of their stay in Australia. If you have family members who will live with you in Australia, they must also be included in your health cover.

You will be required to arrange and provide a copy of your OSHC upon accepting your offer from AFTRS to study.

  • OSHC is also a requirement in applying for your student visa.

Additional information on health cover requirements, including a list of approved OSHC health providers, is available from the Study In Australia website. OSHC exemptions exist for some countries.

Start date of the cover should be from Orientation week until March the year following completion of your degree.


3. International: Pay your FEES


AFTRS requires you to pay your first semester fees as a tuition deposit as outlined in your letter of offer and by the due date. Delay in paying fees will affect your ability to apply for a student visa and take up your place in the course.

The International Student Fees for 2022:    $95,136 ($47,568 P.A.)

First semester tuition fees due on acceptance of offer: AU$23,784

Note: The tuition fees are reviewed each year and you are liable for the additional tuition costs if the tuition fees rise during the course of your enrolment.

All fees are payable per semester on the dates outlined below:

Semester 1 each year – 30 January.

Semester 2 each year – 30 June.

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Payment Methods

The following methods will allow you to pay your tuition deposit.

 International students are liable for all currency conversion & associated bank fees incurred if paying via an overseas banking institution.

Direct deposit is the preferred method of payment for international students.

Paying within Australia

  • Bank: Commonwealth Bank
  • Account Name: Australian Film Television & Radio School
  • BSB: 062-320
  • Account: 10141213
  • Ensure you use a specific reference such as your name so that we can identify your payment.

Paying from Overseas

  • SWIFT code: CTBAAU2S
  • Bank Identification Code (BIC): CTBAAU2S IBAN: 06232010141213
  • Ensure you use a specific reference such as your name so that we can identify your payment. 

Paying via Credit Card

  • AFTRS will also accept other payment options such as credit card payment over the phone. 
  • You can call our Finance Department December/January on 1300 223 877 to pay over the phone. Mastercard or Visa only.
  • Payment cannot be made via the Paradigm Student Portal for international fees at this time. 

Contact the Student Centre if you require assistance in paying your fees.

4. International: Confirmation of Enrolment


Once the Student Centre has received a receipt of First Semester tuition fees payment and a copy of your OSHC policy,  AFTRS will then issue you with your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) letter which you use to apply for your student visa with the Australian Department of Home Affairs.

You will need to send the following to AFTRS to start the process:  email to

  • proof of your tuition deposit payment in the form of a transaction receipt 
  • A copy of your OSHC policy that you have arranged, covering the length of your course.

Allow at least 5 working days for Student Centre to check your documentation has been received. The COE will not be issued if you have not completed these steps and provided us with the required documentation. Delay in completing these requirements may affect the timeframe for your application for a student visa.

If you already have a valid Student Visa, then you can progress straight to AFTRS Enrolment at this point. 

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5. International: Student Visa


For information on student visas, go to the Australian Department of Home Affairs Studying in Australia website.

All student visa applications must be lodged online and it is important that the application is complete at the time of lodgement and includes your CoE and a detailed GTE statement.

You will need to meet the Department of Home Affairs GTE requirement  and they may request addition information and interview you at their discretion.

More information is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.


You are also required to have a valid passport for the duration of your stay in Australia.

Any changes to your contact details, visa or passport must be sent to within 2 weeks of any changes.

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Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement

You must satisfy the Department of Home Affairs that you are a Genuine Student and a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE).

They may ask you to provide more information or to attend an interview in order to determine whether you meet the criteria for grant of a visa. However, a decision may be made solely on the information provided in your application.

It is therefore important that you lodge a complete application and provide a GTE statement with detailed responses to these five dot points:

  1. Your reasons for choosing to undertake the course of study specified in your application
  2. Your reasons for choosing your education provider
  3. Your reason for choosing to study in Australia rather than in your home country
  4. The relevance of your course of study to your academic and/or employment background
  5. The relevance of the course to your future career/education plans

It is also important to provide an explanation of any gap between your studies or change to your area of study.

Family (dependents)

If you intend to bring family members with you to Australia, you should first check with your nearest Australian Visa Office whether your visa allows for this. While you are in Australia, you will be responsible for supporting any dependents (i.e. family members).

If you are bringing your children to Australia, you must provide evidence that you are arranging for them to attend school. Tuition fees must be paid for school age dependants who study in Australia.


On application, if you provided details of an current Student Visa, which has been validated by AFTRS, then you will not need to apply for a new student Visa.  However you will still be required to pay Tuition Deposit and provided OSHC cover for the dates of your AFTRS course. 


If your Student Visa expires before you complete your course of study, you will be required to apply for a new VISA, as it is not possible to renew a student visa. 

  • We generally recommend applying for a new visa no earlier than four months before your current visa expires. 
  • Please contact the Student Centre to request a new Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

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6. International: AFTRS Enrolment



Enrolment is the process in which you confirm your place in a course. Once you have enrolled, you are officially a student of AFTRS. 

  • The questions asked within the enrolment form are required to be asked as part of government reporting requirements. They are for statistical purposes only. The answers you supply will not affect your enrolment at AFTRS.  
  • If your address/contact details have changed between application and enrolment, please contact the Student Centre to update. 

Return to the AFTRS Portal and use the ENROL button next to your Course Application and complete the enrolment process.

Planning Your Arrival


AFTRS follows the advice of the NSW and Australian Governments regarding travel restrictions into and out of Australia. 

We recommend you read the information available and monitor the Department of Home Affairs  website for further Government advice.  There are currently no travel exemptions for AFTRS students.

We encourage you to familiarise yourself with AFTRS, support services and living in Sydney to ensure a smooth transition into studying.

You must arrive in Sydney in time for Orientation week, before the start of your course which will include further information for all international students.  Orientation provides you with opportunities to meet with other students and become familiar with AFTRS facilities and services.

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While AFTRS doesn’t provide dedicated student accommodation on campus, or residential colleges, we have provided information and advice on off-campus options in vibrant surrounding suburbs.

The Student Accommodation Guide has information on Rental & Shared Housing, Private Student Accommodation, Residential Colleges as well as short term accommodation and home share options. 

The iconic Bondi Beach is just 2kms to the east of AFTRS and the Sydney CBD a mere 2kms in the other direction where you’ll find Chinatown, Darling Harbour, the Rocks and Circular Quay. The inner city suburbs of Darlinghurst, Redfern, Paddington and Surry Hills are in close proximity to the AFTRS campus and the inner west suburbs of Newtown and Marrickville just beyond. The sprawling Centennial Parklands surround the Entertainment Quarter and the EQ itself is home to food markets and cinemas. A world-class city, Sydney is home to a multitude of festivals and events throughout the year.

Please contact the Student Centre if you would like anymore information on Accommodation options. 

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Living and Studying in Sydney

For international students, the Study Australia website covers in more detail how to work out how much money you might need to cover the costs of your stay in Australia as international student.

As a single student you must be able to show you have the financial capacity to cover living costs of at least $21,041 Australian dollars per year. There are additional costs for extra family members.

As of October 2019 the 12 month living costs:

  • student/guardian – AUD21,041
  • partner/spouse – AUD7,362
  • child – AUD3,152

These figures do not include large household items (such as a refrigerator) or a car. We recommend that you use public transport, as owning a car can be expensive and there is very limited parking near AFTRS.

We recommend you have at least AUD$2,000 when you arrive to cover the initial costs of books, rental bond, and furniture.

The Insider Guides 'Cost of Living Calculator' is also a useful, practical tool to help estimate your cost of living in Australia.