Under 18 international students

COVID-19 update: If you are under the age of 18 and wish to study online from your home country and are unable to travel to Australia, you do not need to apply for a student visa. This means that you do not require your accommodation and welfare arrangements to be approved by the University while you are offshore. This is a temporary arrangement until travel to Australia is possible.

When travel restrictions have been lifted, you will be required to apply for appropriate accommodation and welfare for your Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) to be issued so you can apply for your visa to commence your studies in Australia. This includes notifying the University of the date you intend to arrive in Australia.

If you're Under 18 and planning to study at Melbourne, you must have appropriate accommodation, support and welfare arrangements in place to be issued with a student visa by the Department of Home Affairs.

To satisfy these conditions, you need to choose an approved Under 18 accommodation option.

Depending on which option you choose, you'll need to have your accommodation and welfare arrangements approved by either the Department of Home Affairs or the University of Melbourne. This includes if you're already on a packaged offer with Trinity College Foundation Studies, Hawthorn Melbourne or other Australian education provider.

Some students may also be required to register with the Under 18 International Student Supervision Program. The Program ensures your accommodation and welfare is appropriate, and provides support and encouragement until you turn 18.

You don’t need to apply for accommodation, or to have your accommodation arrangements approved, until you’ve received an offer of study. However, it’s worth reading through this information so you’re aware of your options.

If you are under the age of 18 and wish to commence your studies from your home country while there are travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19, you do not need to apply for a CAAW. This is a temporary arrangement. Once travel restrictions are lifted and you wish to enter Australia, you will need to have your accommodation and welfare arrangements approved for a CAAW to be issued.

If you commence your studies in your home country during travel restrictions and you are under the age of 18, you do not need to apply for a student visa. This is a temporary arrangement. Once travel restrictions are lifted and you wish to enter Australia, you will need a student visa. To apply for a visa, you need your accommodation and welfare arrangements approved to be issued with a CAAW (Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare).