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 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 enrol via the International Office and will pay International Course Fees. 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.

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 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

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 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 completion within the last 4 years
  • 2. Previous studies in a specified English speaking country where English was the 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.
  • 2B. Successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Qualification delivered offshore
    1. Where Trans National Education (TNE) Program Providers offer a Melbourne Polytechnic program at 100% English medium – Student/s can gain Direct Entry (only applicable for Department of Home Affairs low risk Country’s, ie; 1 & 2)
    2. Where TNE Program Providers deliver Melbourne Polytechnic programs with between 20-80% delivered in English – Student/s cannot gain Direct Entry and will need to provide evidence of required level of English as per options specified in table below
    3. Where Other Provider offer any AQF level programs at 100% English, Student/s can gain Direct Entry
    4. Where Other Provider offer AQF level programs under 100% English, Student/s cannot gain Direct Entry and will need to provide evidence of required level of English as per options specified in table below
  • 2C. Certificate in Academic English (CAE)
    1. Studied over 1 year at Melbourne Polytechnic partners offshore – Student/s can gain Direct Entry into Certificate and Diploma level programs (to AQF level 5 and applicable only for Department of Home Affairs immigration risk 1 and 2 countries)

Please refer to the Melbourne Polytechnic English Equivalency table for further information

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
IELTS Academic 5.5 overall
individual bands: min 5.0
6.0 overall
individual bands: min 5.5
6.5 overall
individual bands: min 6.0
7.0 overall
individual bands: min 7.0
TOEFL iBT* 46 overall
Writing: 18
Speaking: 16
Reading: 8
Listening: 7
60 overall
Writing: 21
Speaking: 18
Reading: 13
Listening: 12

79 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: 176
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 3+

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)
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 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 Home Affairs website for further information about student visa requirements www.homeaffairs.gov.au/

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 Home Affairs website for further information about the GTE requirement (http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Stud/More/Genuine-Temporary-Entrant).