Entrance Requirements

Students at Tram Stop

We welcome and encourage international students at Melbourne Polytechnic. You’ll gain a comprehensive education as well as life skills, including learning about a new culture.

You are considered an International Student if you intend to study while on a Student Visa as defined in the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act). Students will apply via the International Office and will pay International Course Fees.

To study at Melbourne Polytechnic as an international student in ELICOS or VET programs, you must be 16 years or older, and for Higher Education programs, be turning 18 years of age in the year of entry to the course, or if under 17 years must have the prior written approval from the College Director in consultation with the relevant Head of School.

Note: Students intending to study on other temporary visas and who do not intend to study on Student Visa are deemed to be ‘Ineligible students’ and will pay course fees which apply to that cohort.

Academic Level

Melbourne Polytechnic minimum academic level differs depending on the course. Most certificate and diploma level courses require evidence of completion to studies equivalent to Australian Year 11 or 12, bachelor degree courses require evidence of completion to studies equivalent to Australian Year 12, and master degree courses require evidence of completion to studies AQF (Australian) Bachelor degree or overseas equivalent.

If you do not meet Melbourne Polytechnic’s academic entry-level requirements but have acquired skills or knowledge relevant to your chosen course, you may apply as a mature age student. A mature age student is considered to be over 18 years old, and has been out of full-time education for at least one year.

English Language Entry Requirements

All international student applicants must demonstrate a sufficient level of English language proficiency in accordance with course’s English language entry requirements as per the stated requirements below. Other evidence of English proficiency may be accepted in individual cases upon submission of appropriate documentation.

Satisfactory completion of one of the following, completed no more than 2 years prior to the date of application unless otherwise specified.

  • 1. Previous Australian studies where English was the only language of instruction:
    1. Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Australian Year 12)
    2. Australian Foundation Course
    3. Certificate IV or higher AQF qualification
    4. Bachelor degree or higher AQF qualification ‐ 2 subjects passes within the last 2 years
    5. Bachelor degree or higher AQF qualification ‐ at least 1 academic year completion within the last 4 years
  • Note: Students completing Melbourne Polytechnic programs delivered in People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong (SAR of China) and Republic of Korea, where the language of instruction is not entirely in English, applicants may undertake the Versant English Placement Test to demonstrate they have achieved an adequate level of English language proficiency for their chosen course of study.

  • 2. Previous studies in a specified English speaking country where English was the only language of instruction:
    1. Secondary studies equivalent to Australian Year 12
    2. Post‐Secondary studies, equivalent to 1 academic year at an Australian Certificate IV or higher level
  • English speaking countries: Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, United States of America, Canada, South Africa.

  • No time limit applies if the student has resided in an English speaking country since completion of these studies.

  • 3. Other qualifications:
Qualification
completion within the last 4 years
Courses with IELTS 5.5 overall
no individual band less than 5.0
Courses with IELTS 6.0 overall
no individual band less than 5.5
Courses with IELTS 6.5 overall
no individual band less than 6.0
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) Grade 3 in English A
Grade 3 in English B (HL)
Grade 3 in English B (SL)
Grade 3 in English A
Grade 4 in English B (HL)
Grade 4 in English B (SL)
Grade 4 in English A
Grade 5 in English B (HL)
Grade 5 in English B (SL)
International AS/A Levels (Cambridge) / International Advanced Levels (Edexcel Pearson) D grade in English C grade in English C grade in English
IGCSE (Cambridge) / International GCSE (Edexcel Pearson) C grade in English C grade in English B grade in English
UK: GCE Advanced Level D grade in English Language at AS or A2 Level C grade in English Language at AS or A2 Level C grade in English Language at AS or A2 Level
UK: GSCE General Certificate of Secondary Education D grade in English Language or Literature in English C grade in English Language or Literature in English C grade in English Language or Literature in English
Singapore-Cambridge GCE Advanced Level D grade in H1 General Paper or H2 Knowledge and Inquiry C grade in H1 General Paper or H2 Knowledge and Inquiry C grade in H1 General Paper or H2 Knowledge and Inquiry
Singapore-Cambridge GCE Ordinary Level C grade in English Language C grade in English Language B grade in English Language
Malasia: STPM D grade in English Language or Literature in English C grade in English Language or Literature in English C grade in English Language or Literature in English
Malasia: SPM C grade in English Language or Literature in English C grade in English Language or Literature in English B grade in English Language or Literature in English
Mauritius Higher School Certificate (A-level) D grade in General Paper, English, Literature in English at AS or A2 Level C grade in General Paper, English, Literature in English at AS or A2 Level C grade in General Paper, English, Literature in English at AS or A2 Level
Mauritius School Certificate(O-level) C grade in English or Literature in English C grade in English or Literature in English B grade in English or Literature in English
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Level 3 in English Language Level 4 in English Language Level 4 in English Language
  • 4. English language proficiency tests
English Proficiency Test Course with IELTS 5.5 overall
no individual band less than 5.0
Course with IELTS 6.0 overall
no individual band less than 5.5
Course with IELTS 6.5 overall
no individual band less than 6.0
Course with IELTS 7.0 overall
no individual band less than 7.0
General IELTS 6.0 overall
individual bands: min 5.5
N/A N/A N/A
TOEFL iBT* 49 overall
Writing: 18
Speaking: 16
Reading: 8
Listening: 7
64 overall
Writing: 21
Speaking: 18
Reading: 13
Listening: 12
83 overall
Writing: 24
Speaking: 20
Reading: 19
Listening: 20
100 overall
Writing: 24
Speaking: 22
Reading: 22
Listening: 22
Pearson Global Scale of English:
– PTE Academic
42 overall
communicative skills: 36
50 overall
communicative skills: 42
58 overall
communicative skills: 50
65 overall
communicative skills: 58
Cambridge English Scale:
– Cambridge: First (FCE)
– Cambridge: Advanced (CAE)
– Cambridge: Proficiency (CPE)
162 overall
individual bands: 154
169 overall
individual bands: 162
176 overall
individual bands: 169
185 overall
individual bands: 185
Melbourne Polytechnic: ELICOS 2+ ISLPR overall
individual bands: min ISLPR 2
3 ISLPR overall
individual bands: min ISLPR 2+
3+ ISLPR overall
individual bands: min ISLPR 3
4 ISLPR overall
individual bands: min ISLPR 4
Melbourne Polytechnic: Certificate in Academic English Completion allows entry programs requiring Academic IELTS 5.5 no band below 5.0 N/A N/A N/A

Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly known as NMIT) TOEFL institute code is 2332

Student Visa English Language Requirements

Applicants who are applying for a student visa that need to provide evidence of their English language skills to Department of Home Affairs as part of their visa application (refer to homeaffairs.gov.au), must also provide this evidence to Melbourne Polytechnic as part of the international student admission process.

English language tests accepted by the Department of Home Affairs are listed below for your information.

IELTS International English Language Testing System

OET Occupational English Test

TOEFL iBT Test of English as a Foreign Language internet‐Based Test

PTE Academic Pearson Test of English

CAE Cambridge English: Advanced