Changing Courses or Education Providers
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If you want to change to a new course at the same level of qualification, you do not need to apply for a new student visa unless your current visa is about to expire.
Important: If your new course will be with a different education provider, read the information below regarding changing education providers.
If you want to change your level of qualification, you will need to apply for a new student visa because your visa subclass will change.
Example: You want to change from a Diploma to a PhD degree.
See: Visa Options
If you are intending to change education provider you should contact your current education provider for information. In most circumstances the new education provider will be restricted from enrolling you if you have not completed 6 months of the main course of study for which your visa was granted.
If you want to change provider before completing the first six months of your main course of study you must contact your current education provider for permission. You will require a letter of offer from the new provider in order to apply for a letter of release from your original education provider.
If you change your education provider at any time you must contact the department and provide a Confirmation of Enrolment certificate from your new education provider.
See: Contact Us
Changing courses and/or education provider if you are eligible for streamlined visa processing
Your eligibility for streamlined visa processing may be affected if you change your course(s) of study before a decision had been made on your visa application.