All international candidates must satisfy the entry requirements set out below. These requirements are designed to ensure students have the minimum skills and abilities to succeed in their course.


Visa Considerations

Australia welcomes international students. It sets out a number of requirements that operate to regulate and protect the industry and students. Detailed information is available at the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs website: www.homeaffairs.gov.au


Policy and Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all individuals gaining admission into a nationally recognised training program offered by the Melbourne City Institution of Education (MCIE), have the skills and abilities required to successfully complete their studies within the qualification’s normal duration.

MCIE is committed to ensuring that all candidates are selected by fair, timely and transparent procedures based on clearly defined, consistent and equitable criteria and that throughout the process of admission, candidates are treated courteously and expeditiously.

Transparent entrance requirements, both academic and non-academic underpin the judgments made during the entry selection process. All candidates are considered within the context of the legislative requirements, government regulations and relevant industry codes of practice.


Scope

This policy is administered by MCIE’s International Admissions staff and applies to the selection and admission of prospective international students who seek enrolment in a course offered by MCIE through the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).


Process and Procedure

Admission Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements (including English Language Requirements)

Academic Requirements

  • Completion of High School or equivalent to Australian Year 11 or higher for entry into Certificate III and Certificate IV level courses
  • Completion of High School or equivalent to Australian Year 12 or equivalent for entry into Diploma and Advanced Diploma level courses

English Language Proficiency Requirements

For direct entry into Certificate III and Certificate IV Level courses

Evidence required:

o   IELTS band score of 5.5 or equivalent internationally recognised exam result in line with DHA regulations or

o   satisfactorily completing ELICOS at Upper Intermediate level from a NEAS endorsed English Training Centre or

o   completion of secondary studies equivalent or higher to an Australian Year 11 qualification from an English-speaking country or

o   completion of MCIE English Placement Test with an overall score of 5.5 or above

o   other tests like PTE, TOEFL and OET are also considered equivalent for direct entry into MCIE VET courses

For direct entry into Diploma and Advanced Diploma Level courses

Evidence required:

o   IELTS band score of 5.5 or equivalent internationally recognised exam result in line with DHA regulations or

o   satisfactorily completing ELICOS at Upper Intermediate level from a NEAS endorsed English Training Centre or

o   completion of secondary studies equivalent or higher to an Australian Year 12 qualification from an English-speaking country or

o   completion of MCIE English Placement Test with an overall score of 6 or above

o   other tests like PTE, TOEFL and OET are also considered equivalent for direct entry into MCIE VET courses

If one of the following applies you don’t need to provide evidence of English test score with your application. If you are:

  • a citizen and hold a passport from UK, USA, Canada, NZ or Republic of Ireland
  • enrolled full time in English course with Explore English that leads to achievement of upper intermediate level. A copy of completion will be required prior to commencement of your VET course

Special Consideration

A student who has completed one year of study in Australia (Cert III, AQF Qualification or above) are exempt from submitting Australian Year 12 or equivalent + IELTS results.


Other Entry Requirements

In addition, candidates should note.

Candidates under 18 years of age

MCIE does not accept overseas students who would be under 18 years of age at the time of proposed commencement of the course.

Regulatory Requirements

Prospective students must provide evidence of a:

  • current and valid passport
  • valid study visa that covers the duration of study for the course where applicable


Application and Enrolment Process

The application and enrolment processes include the following steps.

The Enquiry

The prospective student makes an enquiry directly to MCIE or through one of the Institute’s nominated Education Agents. MCIE or its nominated Education Agent supplies the prospective student with the following information:

  • the requirements for acceptance into a course including the minimum level of English Language Proficiency, Academic Requirements and Credit Transfers and RPL where applicable
  • detailed and up to date information on the course of interest, including CRICOS course code, course contents, modes of study for the course including compulsory online and/or work-based training, placements, other community-based learning and collaborative research training arrangements, assessment methods, duration of study (including holiday breaks), commencement dates and qualifications awarded upon successful completion
  • campus locations and general description of facilities, equipment and learning resources available to students
  • indicative course-related (tuition and non-tuition) fees including advice on the potential for fees to change during the student’s course
  • Fees and Refund policies
  • Deferral, Suspension and Cancellation policy
  • referral to the ESOS framework, including Australian Government material or links to these materials online
  • indicative costs of living in Australia and accommodation options
  • details on any collaborations with other training providers to provide whole or part of the course

The Application Process

Prospective students complete the application form and provide originals or certified copies of the following documentation:

  • proof of English Language proficiency
  • academic qualifications
  • current and valid passport
  • appropriate study visa (where applicable)
  • proof of health cover (for onshore international students)
  • completed Evidence of Funds Form (if applicable).

Additional Documentation for Level 3 and Level 2 Risk Countries

Candidates from Immigration Risk Assessment Level 3 countries must present a completed Evidence of Funds Form. This form is not currently required for Risk Assessment Level 1 & 2 countries, however, MCIE reserves the right to request the form from candidates as it deems necessary.

Letter of Offer and Acceptance Agreement

Upon receipt of a completed MCIE VET Application Form and the required documentation, the International Admissions Officer will ensure that all entry requirements are met. When all documentation has been approved, a Letter of Offer and Acceptance Agreement and will be issued to the candidate.

The candidate is required to review the entire agreement, to sign their acceptance of its terms and conditions and to return the signed copy to MCIE’s International Admissions Team, along with the payment of fees.

MCIE will only enter into a written agreement with an overseas student or intending overseas student, signed or otherwise accepted by the student, concurrently with or prior to accepting payment of tuition fees or non-tuition fees.

Confirmation of Enrolment

MCIE will confirm the enrolment of the candidate when each of the following conditions has been met:

  • the candidate has accepted the offer and returned the signed Acceptance Agreement
  • the candidate has paid the minimum balance payable as indicated on the Letter of Offer and MCIE has confirmed receipt of this amount.

Upon fulfilment of the above conditions, MCIE will issue an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE) through PRISMS, which is the official confirmation of the candidate’s enrolment into the Institute for the nominated course of study.


Refusal of Admission

MCIE may refuse the admission to the candidate in the following circumstances:

  • the candidate’s inability to satisfy the entry requirements
  • the information/documentation provided by the candidate is found to be inaccurate, insufficient or fraudulent.


Use of Education Agents

The entry requirements, as well as the application and enrolment process, remain the same whether a student is recruited directly by MCIE or through an Education Agent.


Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the International Admissions Officer to:

  • ensure that all course information provided to candidates is accurate and complete as per the guideline of this policy
  • issue a Letter of Offer on being satisfied that all entry requirements have been met
  • ensure that the guidelines for entry requirements and issuing of Letters of Offer and eCOE’s are strictly followed
  • to ensure that all selection information is collected and filed for a minimum of 2 years
  • issue a link to an electronic copy of the current MCIE International Student Handbook on MCIE’s website.

It is the responsibility of the student at entry to:

  • provide all information that is true and accurate
  • to review all course information to ensure the program is appropriate to their interests, religious beliefs and career aspirations
  • to understand their obligations of the student visa requirements
  • to sign and return the letter of offer and declaration of acceptance with their enrolment fee


Related Policies, Documents and Forms

01-1104       MCIE’s Approved Education Agents List

03-1004      Refund of Fees Paid Policy

03-3006      Evidence of Funds Form

04-2028      Letter of Offer and Acceptance Agreement

04-3017       MCIE VET Application Form

05-1000      Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy and procedure

05-1001       Credit Transfer Policy and Procedure

06-2000      International Student Handbook

Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) Website

Updated 30 October 0218 BD