• 2016 Enrolments
  • 2017 Enrolments

According to the Department of Education and Training, 457,243 International students were enrolled in Australia in February 2017. This is 14% more students than February 2016.

Melbourne is the leading destination for International Students, it is the Best City in the World, after all. As one of the premiere colleges for International students in Australia, MCIE prides itself on delivering an immersive, enjoyable learning environment. Our Award Winning CBD campus is located at 5/250 Collins St, Melbourne.

Our nationally accredited training courses and industry teachers are fully equipped to help students develop the skills and knowledge they need to thrive in an Australian workplace and build their ideal career in Australia.


Mr Gary Coonar, Managing Director of MCIE & Explore English, has over 10 years’ experience in the international and domestic education space. His expertise in education pathways, the VET sector, CRICOS, Private RTOs and TAFE Partnerships has awarded him immense respect across the industry.

In 2008, Gary founded Melbourne City Institute of Education, (MCIE), a high level VET school with satellite campuses throughout Victoria. He continued to gain respect in the industry when he proudly introduced Explore English, a funky boutique ELICOS Centre in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, late October 2015. Led by Dr Susan Delahunty, Explore English has continued to flourish offering an array of CRICOS programmes to the international student community. The use of technology in the centre has become an effective way of motivating and challenging students. Gary attributes his success solely to his team. A team that comprises of industry leaders with proven track records and reputations across the industry, because he strategically hand-picked and appointed them in key positions.

In 2015, Dr Susan DELAHUNTY set up Explore English, a new, funky, boutique style ELICOS Centre in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.

As the Director of the School, she oversees academic output and is also responsible for implementing and designing strategies to help strengthen and grow the Centre’s position in the marketplace. Prior to this project, Susan gained valuable teaching and managerial experience in Australia and overseas working in stand-alone ELICOS schools as well as University and TAFE language Centres.

In fact, Susan has over 20 years’ experience in the teaching industry and maintains her membership with the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT).

Her two Masters degrees in Applied Linguistics (TESOL) and Education (Special Needs) has equipped her with the expertise to devise teaching and learning strategies that support a range of diverse international students. Her overseas experience lies in the United Arab Emirates (Dubai), Malaysia and Japan. Susan has maintained an interest in those who cross international borders to learn English, particularly students from the Middle Eastern Gulf. To this extent, her PhD thesis illustrated the stories of Middle Eastern Gulf female university students in Australia. More recently, Susan was a finalist in the Telstra Business Woman of the Year awards for the state of Victoria.

Industry Acclaimed and Award Winning

Our training courses are industry renowned for their excellence. We don’t just say we are awesome, we are recognised for it. See our awards.

Cutting Edge Facilities & Technology Focus

At MCIE, we offer state of the art training facilities, such as Simulation Child Care training, modern training kitchen and integrated technology in all classrooms.

Dedicated Support for All International Students

MCIE provides support for students every step of the way with a dedicated Student Welfare Co-ordinator available 24/7.


The Australian education and training system is recognised internationally as one of the best in the world, combining high levels of standard industry practice with strong employability both in Australia and overseas.

A modern, vibrant and sophisticated city, Melbourne is home to the largest number of international students in Australia. Melbourne is consistently rated as the world’s most liveable city, with a strong reputation for health care, culture and environment and education, and an excellent public transport system. With a population of more than four million people, Melbourne offers an inclusive multicultural society, with over 140 nationalities from all over the world.