International Students applying for a student visa to study at HIC will apply under the following visa subclass.

Student visa (subclass 500)

Applies to:

  • English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses –a registered VET course or a registered course for the award of an advanced diploma

Entry Requirements


Students seeking entry into ELICOS programs must complete an HIC ELICOS Placement test before enrolling in the General English course.

The IELTS level for entry to

  • Elementary will be 2 – 2.5,
  • Pre Intermediate will be 3- 3.5,
  • Intermediate will be 4 – 4.5,
  • Upper Intermediate will be 5 – 5.5
  • Advanced will be 5.5 – 6.

Students 18 years and above whom have satisfactorily completed year 11 or equivalent.

Complete all Assessment Tasks resulting in 50% and above to progress onto the next ELICOS Course level.


For entry into Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses, prospective students are required to have English Language proficiency. HIC will accept test results (with relevant test scores) from any of the following English Language tests:

Test of English as a Foreign Language internet-Based test (TOEFL iBT) 46, Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 42, Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) (also known as Certificate in Advanced English) 47, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 5.5, Occupational English Test (OET) Pass, and Test of English as a Foreign Language Paper-Based test (TOEFL PBT) 527.

HIC may also consider any English Language tests taken in Australia.

Applying for a Course

Download, complete and return the Application Form for International Students

You must also attach originals or certified copies of the following documents

  • Proof of English Language proficiency
  • Passport
  • Any other requirements specified by the Training Packages.

Applications can be submitted directly to HIC by mail, fax or email or through an authorised education agent.

Staff at HIC’S office will process applications quickly. Applicants will then receive notification informing them of the result of their application.

Receiving a Letter of Offer and Enrolment Acceptance Agreement

Upon receipt of your completed application form and required relevant documents, HIC will ensure that all necessary entry requirements are met before issuing a Letter of Offer and an Enrolment Acceptance Agreement outlining the nominated course, fee schedule, duration of course, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC), accommodation fees and airport reception if you require these services.

Please read and understand the Enrolment Acceptance Agreement before returning the complete signed document to HIC. We will also require your initial payment as indicated on the Enrolment Acceptance Agreement. Please ensure all payments are in Australian Dollars.

When you have completed these steps, HIC will then send you a copy of the Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) and receipt.

Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE)

Take the copy of the Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) to the Australian Consulate, Embassy, High Commission or Australian Education Centre in your home country and apply for a student visa.

If you are applying for your student visa directly, you can obtain information from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection or your local Australian Diplomatic Mission. The Department will then commence procedures for the issue of your visa.

As this can take some time, it is important that your application is submitted well before your course start date.

Education Services

Education System in Australia

Education in Australia for visitors from overseas is highly regulated by the Australian government to ensure the highest possible level of quality and service.

The ESOS framework

The ESOS Framework – providing quality education and protecting your rights.

The Australian Government wants overseas students in Australia to have a safe, enjoyable and rewarding place to study. Australia’s laws promote quality education and consumer protection for overseas students. These laws are known as the ESOS framework and they include the Education Services for Overseas (ESOS) Act 2000 and the National Code.

The Department of Education and Training is responsible for administering the ESOS Act.

The National Code 2017

The National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2017 (The National Code 2017) is part of the ESOS legislative framework and it provides nationally consistent standards for the conduct of registered providers of international education and the registration of their courses.

National Code Explanatory Guide – Part D

National VET Regulator Act 2011

The National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 has established a new approach to national regulation of the vocational education and training (VET) sector in Australia.

The Act also provides for Standards for VET Accredited Courses, which are in addition to the VET Quality Framework.

Overseas Students Ombudsman

The Overseas Students Ombudsman investigates complaints about problems that overseas students have with private education and training in Australia.

The ESOS Act applies to international students studying in Australia on a student visa.

DET has produced an Easy Guide to ESOS and a National Code Explanatory Guide, which provide further details.

National Code Explanatory Guide – Part D


There are forty-three world class Australian universities. A full range of academic and professional disciplines are offered with awards ranging from associate diploma to doctorates. Typically an undergraduate degree takes at least three years to complete, longer for honours or double degrees.

Vocational (technical & further) education

Vocational Education and Training (VET) / Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions provide courses with a strong vocational focus. Fees are charged for these courses and vary between institutions and states. Some VET/TAFE courses are offered at degree level with the majority being at diploma or associate diploma level.

Private Colleges

Private colleges deliver an excellent range of award and non-award courses throughout Australia including English language. These colleges are required to meet the same quality assurance standards as government institutions and universities. Most private colleges are members of one of the following industry organisations.

Student Visa Conditions

Visa Requirements

Applicants applying for a student visa to study at HIC will apply under one of the following visa subclasses.

Student visa (subclass 500)

Applies to:

  • English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses –a registered VET course or a registered course for the award of an advanced diploma

Major Visa Requirements

  • You are required to regularly attend your classes and be performing to a satisfactory level i.e. passing your course.
  • You must maintain satisfactory academic progress throughout the entire duration of your course.
  • You are not allowed to work for more than 20 hours per week and the work must not interfere with your studies. There are no limitations to work during holiday periods.
  • HIC is to be informed immediately of any change of address during the duration of your studies
  • You must remain with the education provider (HIC) with whom you enrolled for the first 6 months of your principal course
  • If you change education provider (i.e. leave HIC) you must inform us of the new provider.
  • Your overseas student health cover (OSHC) must always be current throughout the duration of your study in Australia. Immediate family members who join you must also be covered. Your OSHC fee must be paid before your visa can be issued, and you will need to renew it annually.
  • If you are absent for more than 3 consecutive days, you must contact HIC.

Further information can be obtained from the links below

Education Agents

As the name implies, HIC is an Australian Education Institute looking to develop and maintain close cooperative relationships with reputable and reliable education Agents.

Agents who are accredited and registered in the field of international education and who have placed students in different levels of Australian education should contact HIC.

HIC aims to firmly established a leading position in the industry.

List of Education Agents

Student Services


HIC recognises that many overseas students will find the adjustment to the Australian way of life difficult when they arrive. Some students may also have problems that will affect their studies and everyday well-being. Therefore, we provide a range of support and services to assist our students to achieve their learning goals. HIC takes the welfare of its students seriously, and will make a conscious effort to assist its students in their time of need.

We look forward to welcoming you and ensuring that your learning experience is both meaningful and enjoyable.

Given below are the services available to students:

Orientation and transition assistance

To aid the cultural and local life adjustment of new students we provide a comprehensive Student Handbook and Orientation Guide which contains very useful information about Melbourne and Australian culture.


Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is compulsory for all student visa holders. Travel insurance is recommended for all your luggage and personal belongings.

Accommodation arrangement assistance

There is a wide range of accommodation available for international students:

Shared accommodation is where students share the cost for a house or flat/apartment with other students. International students can find advertisements on notice boards and newspapers for shared accommodation. Often shared accommodation requires students to provide their own furniture. Shared accommodation can be economical but you must be prepared to share the cost and the responsibility for household tasks. A$200 – A$250 per week.

Rental accommodation

When renting a house, apartment/flat, you will be required to sign a lease. You are required to pay one-month’s rent in advance as well as a security deposit. This deposit is returned to you at the end of your lease if the house/apartment is in the same condition as when you signed the lease. A$250-A$400 per week.

Opportunities to Work

Employment is seen by many as a means of providing additional income to support themselves during the long periods they are away from home. Students on a student visa are able to work 20 hours per week, with full-time work permissible during holiday periods.

Students also like to work as it provides an opportunity to practice their English and meet Australians

Why Study in Australia?

Australia is one of the most popular destinations for International students.

Australia is famous for its fresh air and relaxed lifestyle.

Australia has among the most spectacular, beautiful natural features, forests and beaches in the world.

Our mixture of cultures, foods and religions makes Australia the most multicultural country in the world.

English is the national language and is well taught and understood throughout the country.

Australia is safe from most world threats and environmental dangers such as earthquakes.

The democratic government ensures people have the freedom to express their opinions.

Australia enjoys very low levels of pollution and has extremely clean air, roads, parks and beaches.

Australia has a very modern and progressive infrastructure, education and communications systems, services and lifestyle.


Enjoy the world’s most liveable city when you live, work and study in Melbourne. Experience it for yourself with MyStory – an interactive tool for prospective international students to virtually experience life in Victoria.

Melbourne, Victoria’s vibrant capital, is truly one of the world’s greatest cities.

With world-class education providers offering credentials recognised by international institutions and employers, it’s a great place to begin your career pathways and make great connections.

The city also has Australia’s best shopping, leisure and sporting events, and a renowned arts scene – multicultural Melbourne has so much to offer you.

In a snapshot, the city is:

– Ranked World’s Friendliest City, 2014
– World’s Most Liveable City, 2011 – 2017
– Australia’s leading Student City 2017
– One of seven UNESCO Cities of Literature
– Australia’s sporting capital
– Ranked top 25th in Innovation Cities™ Index 2016-2017 : Global
– World’s most admired Knowledge City

Victoria also offers a wide range of opportunities to live and study in regional centres, located just an hour or two from Melbourne.

Friendly and helpful services are also available for international students, including the Study Melbourne Welcome Desk at Melbourne airport (Tullamarine) and the Study Melbourne Student Centre in Melbourne’s Central Business District.

Here are 10 reasons to choose to study in Melbourne:

– World class education
– Education credentials recognised by international institutions and employers
– Top class facilities and academics
– Portability of qualifications
– Leading international student city
– Top Asian Pacific education provider
– Student support services
– Multicultural society with scenic, healthy environment
– Diverse range of cultural and sporting activities
– Attractive cultural and outdoor lifestyle

Culture and community

People from more than 200 countries call Victoria home. Everyone has a connection to another culture in some way and this is shown in the adoption of different food, cultures and traditions throughout Melbourne and Victoria.

The Indigenous cultures of Australia are the oldest living cultural history in the world – they go back at least 50,000 years and some argue closer to 65,000 years. In Australia, Indigenous communities keep their cultural heritage alive by passing their knowledge, arts, rituals and performances from one generation to another.

Today, nearly half of the population was born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas. English is Australia’s national language, however more than 230 languages and dialects are spoken. Cultural diversity is a part of everyday life and is celebrated.

There are places for worship for more than 100 faiths. Many institutions have prayer rooms and interfaith chapels. Temples, mosques, churches and synagogues are found across the state.

Cultural diversity is celebrated with a range of festivals, including Chinese New Year, Diwali, Vietnamese (Tet) New Year, the Hispanic Latin American Fiesta and Cultural Diversity Week, to name a few.

Outside of Melbourne, celebrations include an Italian Festival at Myrtleford, a Swedish Festival in Walhalla, Pako Festa in Geelong and the Bendigo Chinese Easter Festival.

Ingredients from around the world can be found in popular markets located in Preston, South Melbourne and Footscray; and in supermarkets and smaller grocery shops throughout Melbourne.

Key dates

Christmas Day is in summer on 25 December. Many businesses close until the New Year. Christians celebrate the birth of Christ on this day. Christmas is a time for celebrating, feasting and giving gifts to family and friends. You don’t have to be a Christian to share this tradition.

Australia Day is on 26 January and marks the day Europeans first settled in Australia. Citizenship ceremonies are held and awards and honours are presented. Many community events celebrate cultural diversity and there are fireworks in the evening. You may see locals with the Australian flag.

Easter falls in March or April. Christians mark the death and resurrection of Christ at Easter. Hot cross buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday. On Easter Sunday people share chocolate Easter eggs.

ANZAC Day, the 25 April marks the date Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed at Gallipoli, Turkey in 1915. Australians remember those who fought for Australia or lost their lives in war. War veterans and their families attend a dawn memorial service and then join a peaceful march.

National Reconciliation Week starts on 27 May. It celebrates the culture, history and contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander people. May 27 marks the anniversary of a 1967 Referendum when Australians voted to include Indigenous Australians in the national census.

The Australian Football League (AFL) Grand Final takes place in October at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Australian rules football, or ‘footy’ is Melbourne’s most loved sport. The AFL Grand Final is the most celebrated and anticipated sporting event of the year. Over 100,000 excited fans wearing their team’s colours go to the game. Millions watch it on television.

Melbourne Cup Day is a public holiday in Victoria. The Melbourne Cup is a horse race held at Flemington Racecourse. It’s a glamorous occasion. Women wear stylish clothes and hats. Men wear fashionable suits and ties. You can dress up and join in the fun or watch it on television. Locals may invite you to a party or barbeque.


Melbourne weather is known to be changeable, with locals often saying the city can have ‘four seasons in one day’. The weather is generally warm and dry in summer and cold in winter.

Season About Wear Tip
December to February
Summer days average 25°C (77°F) and humidity is usually low. Heat waves with temperatures over 40°C (104°F) can be followed by sudden cool changes, and even rain. Light clothing – cottons, swimming costume, hat and sunscreen Be ‘sun smart’ and protect yourself with sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, bottled water and protective shoes when walking in parks or along beaches
March to May
Autumn in Melbourne is very beautiful – warm and sunny with temperatures ranging from 9°C to 17°C (48°-63°F). The days are still long and the sun may still be strong. People enjoy the light sea breezes and occasionally a little rain. Layers of clothing that can be easily removed or added to, along with light showerproof items Weather in Autumn can change suddenly and sharply, so be prepared for rain and shine
June to August
Winter daytime temperatures range from 7°C to 14°C (44°– 57°F) but it gets colder overnight. Most of Melbourne’s yearly rainfall happens in winter. Warm clothes and shoes, and a water-resistant jacket If you go to a football game, wear warm clothes, a warm hat and gloves, but don’t take an umbrella as it will block other people’s view.
September to November
Spring weather can be very changeable and often very windy. It starts to get warmer with daily temperatures ranging from 10°C to 20°C (52°-65° F). Layers of clothing and a waterproof jacket Melbourne’s many parks and gardens will be full of colourful flowers, and people start wearing lighter clothes and more colour.


The landscape and environment varies quite significantly from alpine snow fields and semi arid land, to white sandy beaches and lush green forests. The state has a series of river systems supporting agriculture and communities.

In winter, you can travel to the alpine region, three hours northeast of Melbourne, to enjoy winter snow sports. Enjoy the many popular beaches in summer.

All year round, you will need to carry or wear a jacket in case of sudden weather changes. Wear comfortable, waterproof shoes when bushwalking or hiking.

Living Costs

Getting Started

Before moving to another country, it is important to know the cost of living and to plan how you will pay for these costs.

If you have an urgent financial situation and need help, speak with the friendly staff at the Study Melbourne Student Centre or speak with your institution’s financial advisor.