Information for International Students about Education in Australia
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 and has among the most spectacular, beautiful natural features, forests and beaches in the world. Australia is safe from most world threats and environmental dangers such as earthquakes. Australia enjoys very low levels of pollution and has extremely clean air, roads, parks and beaches.
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. The democratic government ensures people have the freedom to express their opinions. Australia has a very modern and progressive infrastructure, education and communications systems, services and lifestyle.
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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.
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: Summer – December to February
About: 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.
Wear: Light clothing – cottons, swimming costume, hat and sunscreen.
Tip: Be ‘sun smart’ and protect yourself with sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, bottled water and protective shoes when walking in parks or along beaches
Season: Autumn – March to May
About: 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.
Wear: Layers of clothing that can be easily removed or added to, along with light showerproof items
Tip: Weather in Autumn can change suddenly and sharply, so be prepared for rain and shine
Season: Winter – June to August
About: 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.
Wear: Warm clothes and shoes, and a water-resistant jacket.
Tip: 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.
Season: Spring – September to November
About: 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).
Wear: Layers of clothing and a waterproof jacket.
Tip: 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.
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 Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000, or ESOS Act, establishes legislative requirements and standards for the quality assurance of education and training institutions offering courses to international students who are in Australia on a student visa. ESOS also provides tuition fee protection for international students.
National Code 2018 – The Australian Government has released the revised National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 (National Code 2018) which 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.
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.
The Overseas Students Ombudsman
The Overseas Students Ombudsman is a specialist role of the Commonwealth Ombudsman
The Commonwealth Ombudsman:
- can investigate complaints about problems that intending, current or former overseas students have with private schools, colleges and universities (education providers) in Australia
- provides information about best practice complaints handling to help private education providers manage internal complaints effectively
- publishes reports on problems and broader issues in international education that we identify through investigations.
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 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 REQUIREMENT
International Students applying for a student visa to study at Harward International College (HIC) will apply under the following visa subclass.
Same visa subclass Applies to our Vocational Education and Training (VET) Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma
Major Visa Requirements are:
- 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
- Department of Home Affairs (https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/)
- Overseas Student Health Cover (http://www.health.gov.au/)
COURSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
For entry into Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses at HIC, prospective students are required to have:
- Australian Year 12 qualification or equivalent
- the age 18 years or over at the time of the scheduled course commencement
- No gap in the study. If there is a gap in the study, it needs to be justified by providing the evidences (such as pay slips, job offer in case the student started working after he/she left study).
- All learners will be required to demonstrate their LLN (Language, Literacy, Numeracy) level on enrolling into this course by taking LLN Test during orientation.
- 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) (aka Certificate in Advanced English) 47
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 5.5
- Occupational English Test (OET) Pass
- Test of English as a Foreign Language Paper-Based test (TOEFL PBT) 527.
HIC may also consider any English Language tests taken in Australia. The English Language proficiency test score is only valid for two years from the date of the test.
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.
APPLYING FOR A COURSE
Enrolment Application Form
Download, Complete and return the Enrolment Application Form for International Students. You must also attach originals or certified copies of the following documents
- Proof of English Language proficiency
- Any other requirements specified by the Training Packages or Institute
Applications can be submitted directly to HIC by mail or email or through an authorised education agent. Staff at HIC’s office will process applications on highest priority. 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 the completed Enrolment 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 Home Affairs https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/ 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.
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. Learning, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Test will also be undertaken during Orientation.
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. These may cost A$100-A$200 per week.
Rental accommodation is 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. These may cost 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.
Before moving to another country, it is important to know the cost of living and to plan how you will pay for these costs. We recommend that students have at least A$3500 on arrival in Melbourne to cover the costs of temporary accommodation, purchase of extra clothing and the setup of permanent accommodation, for example:
- rent in advance,
- bond (security deposit)
- light furniture,
- household goods,
- books and equipment
Living expenses depend on where you study and how you choose to live. Estimated living expenses for an international student are approximately A$12,000 to A$20,000 per year. This covers food, accommodation, travel, entertainment and clothing. Living Costs exclude tuition fees for your course of study.
For further details, please visit http://www.studymelbourne.vic.gov.au/life/cost-of-living