International Students

Entrance Requirements

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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 an international student if you do not hold either Australian or New Zealand citizenship, or Australian permanent residency status. To study at Melbourne Polytechnic as an international student you must be 16 years or older, and meet all of our course entrance requirements as outlined below.

Academic Level

Melbourne Polytechnic requires the successful completion of studies equivalent to Australian Year 12 education as the minimum level of entry into most certificate, diploma and degree courses.

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 Proficiency

You'll need to demonstrate a sufficient level of English language proficiency. This must be in accordance with the English language entry requirements of the course, as stated below. Other evidence of English proficiency may be accepted in individual cases upon submission of appropriate documentation.
 
If you do not meet Melbourne Polytechnic’s English proficiency requirements you may be offered an English language pathway with ELICOS study to be completed prior to commencing your main course of study.
 
You must have completed one of the following (no more than two years prior to the date of application): 
 
  • 1. Previous studies in Australia where English was the language of instruction:
    1. Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education (Australian Year 12)
    2. Australian Foundation Course
    3. Certificate IV or higher AQF qualification – at least 50% completion
    4. Bachelor degree or higher qualification – 2 subjects passes within the last 2 years
    5. Bachelor degree or higher qualification – at least 1 academic year completed within the last 4 years
       
  • 2. Previous studies in an English speaking country (either Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, United States of America, Canada or South Africa) where English was the language of instruction:

No time limit applies if citizenship or residency of a specified English speaking country has been held since completion of studies.

  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
     
  • 3. The table below outlines the English language proficiency test scores you need to have:
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
IELTS Academic 5.5 overall
individual bands: 5.0
6.0 overall
individual bands: 5.5
6.5 overall
individual bands: 6.0
Pearson Global Scale of English:
– PTE Academic
42 overall
communicative skills: 36
50 overall
communicative skills: 42
58 overall
communicative skills: 50
TOEFL iBT* 46 overall
writing & speaking: 14
reading & listening: 4
60 overall
writing & speaking: 16
reading & listening: 7
79 overall
writing & speaking: 18
reading & listening: 12
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
Melbourne Polytechnic: ELICOS 2 ISLPR average
individual bands: ISLPR 1+
2+ ISLPR average
individual bands: ISLPR 2
3 ISLPR average
individual bands: ISLPR 2+

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

  • 4. 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)
United Kingdom: GCE Advanced Level D grade in English 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
International GCSE / IGCSE C grade in English C grade in English B grade in English
Singapore: 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: GCE Ordinary Level C grade in English Language C grade in English Language B grade in English Language
Malaysia: 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
Malaysia: 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: Higher 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 2 in English Language Level 3 in English Language Level 4 in English Language
  • 5. English language proficiency requirements for student visas

Depending on your country of citizenship and intended course of study, evidence of a suitable level of English language proficiency may be required for a student visa application.

This requirement is separate to Melbourne Polytechnic, although applicants will still be required to demonstrate that they have or will meet the student visa English language skills eligibility requirement before unconditional entry is granted. See the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website for further information about student visa requirements www.border.gov.au/Trav/Stud

Genuine Temporary Entrant Requirements

In late 2011, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) implemented a ‘genuine temporary entrant’ or ‘GTE’ requirement as an integrity measure to ensure the Australian Student Visa Programme is used as intended.

In addition to meeting course selection criteria, you may also be required to provide additional documentation and information to demonstrate sufficient financial capacity to support your study and stay in Australia. You will also have to evidence that you are a genuine student and a genuine temporary entrant to Australia.

See the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website for further information about the GTE requirement www.border.gov.au/Trav/Stud/More/Genuine-Temporary-Entrant.



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