International students under 18 years of age

ANU will admit international students under the age of 18 where acceptable living arrangement have been made as outlined below. These arrangements must be finalised before visa application documentation can be issued.

These stipulations are informed by Part D Standard 5 of the National Code, which requires that:

  • students aged under 18 must have appropriate accommodation and welfare arrangements in place prior to applying for a student visa
  • the arrangements must be approved by the University
  • the arrangements must remain in place for the duration of the period of enrolment plus seven days or until the student turns 18.

Acceptable living arrangements

Scenario one

The student will live with a parent or eligible relative who is over the age of 21 and of good character.

This arrangement must be approved by the Department of Immigration & Border Protection, and will not required a confirmation of appropriate accommodation and welfare (CAAW) letter from ANU.

Further information on student guardian visas can be found on the Department website.

Scenario two

The student lives in one of the approved University student residences on-campus. The following residences are approved for this purpose.

  • Bruce Hall
  • Burton & Garran Hall
  • Fenner Hall
  • Toad Hall
  • Ursula Hall
  • Davey Lodge
  • Kinloch Lodge
  • Warrumbul Lodge
  • Lena Karmel Lodge

This option will require ANU to provide a CAAW letter to the Department of Immigration & Border Protection as part of your visa application (see details below).

Further information on the residences and the application process can be found in the Accommodation section of this site.

Scenario three

The student organises accommodation with the Australian Homestay Network and guardianship arrangements with either Professional Student Care Australia or the International Student Alliance Student Care & Welfare Services. The student is responsible for any fees and costs associated with these arrangements.

This option will require ANU to provide a CAAW letter to the Department of Immigration & Border Protection as part of your visa application (see details below).

Further information can be found on the relevant websites.

Confirmation of appropriate accommodation and welfare letter (CAAW)

By issuing a CAAW ANU accepts responsibility for the accommodation, support and welfare of international students commencing their degree programs. A CAAW will only by issues if you the following conditions.

  • You will be at least 17 years of age by the first day of the commencing semester.
  • Your parent/guardian has agreed in writing to accept responsibility for your welfare by completing and signing the ANU international student under 18 agreement.
  • You continue living in the approved accommodation until you are 18 years of age and not change that accommodation unless written agreement is obtained from your parent/guardian and the Registrar.
  • You attend orientation and complete the online transition modules on WATTLE entitled 'SET for ANU' and 'Prepare for Study.'
  • You at all times act responsibly, including being aware of your responsibilities under Australian law, and not participate in illicit activities or take part in risk-taking behaviour.
  • If you are living at an ANU student residence, you attend regular schedule meetings with the relevant staff member within the residential hall/college until your 18th birthday. 
  • If you have living with a homestay provider, you register with Professional Student Care Australia or the International Student Alliance Student Care & Welfare Services, pay all associated costs, attend a meeting with your guardianship arrangements provider in the first week after your arrival, and meet with that provider every two weeks until your 18th birthday.
  • Receive written approval from your parent/guardian and the Registrar for all overnight stays outside of your approved accommodation until your 18th birthday.
  • Receive written approval from your parent/guardian and the Registrar before transferring between ANU student residences.

The University will nominate the start and end dates of responsibility for welfare on the CAAW letter. The start date will be the weekend prior to Orientation week, and the end date will be the duration of the period of enrolment plus seven days, or the student's 18th birthday.

The Registrar has the sole discretion in accepting the welfare arrangements for students under the age of 18. The decision of the Registrar is final and in some cases will be dealt with on a case by case basis. ANU reserves the right to rescind the welfare arrangements of any student found to have breached these conditions.

How to apply

At the time of issuing an offer to an international applicant who will be under the age of 18 when they commence their studies, we will forward the applicant the international student under 18 agreement.

The student and their parent/guardian will be required to complete the form and return it at the time of accepting their offer. 

The parent/guardian will nominate on this form whether the student will be residing in an approved ANU student residence or the student will be residing with the parent/guardian.

On receipt of the completed agreement we will record in the student system the parent/guardian's name, home address, email address and contact phone number. 

Where the student will be residing with a parent/guardian (ie. circumstance one above), we will proceed with finalising the student's acceptance into the program.

Where the student will be residing in approved ANU student residence (ie. circumstance two above) or the Australian Homestay Network (ie. circumstance three above), the request will be considered by the Registrar.

If approved we will issue a CAAW letter with the confirmation of enrolment.

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