International Students

How to Apply

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From fees, courses to finding all the information you need – we've got you covered.

 + Step 1 – Find a course

Search for a course that interests you.

Each course description will tell you its specific intake, campus and how to apply as an international student and what the course entry requirements are.

 + Step 2 – Check the entry requirement

Check that you qualify for the program’s entry requirements including:0

If you have not yet achieved the required English level, you may be able to study ELICOS to improve your English prior to commencing a mainstream course

If you have not met the academic requirements, you can consider pathway options available to your preferred program

If you have further enquiries, click on the Enquire Now button on each course page.

 + Step 3 – Collect required documents

To avoid delays in admission processing, submit a complete set of supporting documents including:

  • Passport
  • Certified copies of academic transcripts (not required for current Melbourne Polytechnic students applying to another Melbourne Polytechnic program)
  • Certified copies of all graduation certificates in both the original language and English (not required for current Melbourne Polytechnic students applying to another Melbourne Polytechnic program)
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • Any other information or documents that are specified in the usual course entry requirements (this may involve a recent portfolio of your work, an audition, resume or interview
  • If you are in Australia on a student visa, please provide evidence of your current course enrolments

Please note that documents submitted will not be returned.

What are certified documents?

A certified copy is a copy of an original document verified to be a true copy by an authorised witness. The person certifying the photocopy must sight the original document and include the following details on all pages that contain information:

  • Stamp or write, ‘This is a true copy of the document sighted by me’
  • Sign, date and provide contact details (name, address and telephone number)
  • The official stamp or seal of their organisation or their profession and organisation name.

Who can certify my documents?

Who can translate my documents?

 + Step 4 – Submit your application

Complete the International Student Application Form with all the required documents and submit to our International Office:

Email: international-admissions@melbournepolytechnic.edu.au
Mail: Melbourne Polytechnic – International Admissions Room PA117, Building A 77 St Georges Road Preston Victoria 3072 AUSTRALIA

You can also talk an authorised Melbourne Polytechnic Education Agent in your home country who can office you advice about studies at Melbourne Polytechnic and assistance in applying for both your course and your student visa.

You will need the following supporting documents:

If you are applying from outside Australia, you will also need to complete

  • a) International Student Statement of Purpose (SOP), Genuine Student (GS) and Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Profile – (Dependent) Form
  • or
  • b) International Student Statement of Purpose (SOP) Genuine Student (GS) and Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Profile (Single) Form

The information you provide on these forms is used to assess your admission against Department of Home Affairs Genuine Temporary Entrant and Genuine Student criteria.

Melbourne Polytechnic International Office can assist you with the submission of your application, and once received will become the single point of contact for all your queries.

There is no fee charged for submission of an application.

 + Step 5 – Receive Letter of Offer/Acceptance Agreement

Your application will be assessed in line with Melbourne Polytechnic policies and procedures.

If your application is successful, you will receive a Letter of Offer/Acceptance Agreement.

Courses that require interview, portfolio assessment, or where credit assessment is requested often take longer than other programs.

If your application is unsuccessful, you will receive notification explaining the reasons.

 + Step 6 – Accept your Letter of Offer/Acceptance Agreement

You can accept your offer by following the instructions in your Letter of Offer.

Fees will not be accepted until Melbourne Polytechnic has received the signed copy of the Acceptance Agreement and all conditions on Letter of Offer have been met.

If you do not accept by the expiry date stated on the Letter of Offer, or wish to defer your offer to a different intake, Melbourne Polytechnic will cancel your offer and you will need to make a new application.

The Letter of Offer/Acceptance Agreement is the contract between Melbourne Polytechnic and you. Please read all details carefully and ensure you understand before signing and returning with the payment specified

In some cases the Letter of Offer/Acceptance Agreement will state conditions that must be met prior to submitting payment and accepting your offer.

 + Step 7 – Receive Confirmation of Enrolment

Soon after Melbourne Polytechnic receive your Acceptance Agreement signed by you, confirmed you have met ant outstanding conditions on your Letter of Offer and received tuition fee deposit and payment for Overseas Student Health Cover, you will be issued with a Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE).

A eCoE is an official document that is issued by Melbourne Polytechnic and used by the Australian Government.

It records exactly what you are studying, including the start and end dates expected for each program, any fees paid and total fees required.

You must have a valid eCoE while studying on a student visa in Australia.

 + Step 8 – Apply for and understand your visa

Visa arrangements may take anywhere from a few weeks to 6 months to finalise depending on the assessment level of your country and other requirements set out by the Australian Department of Home Affairs. Start the application process as soon as possible!

You must include in your visa application

  • Copy of eCoE
  • Copy of Statement of Purpose handwritten on Melbourne Polytechnic template
  • Be prepared to show evidence of access to funds to cover first 12 months in Australia
  • Be prepared to answer questions about your knowledge of Melbourne Polytechnic, the course you intend to study, and how it will benefit your future career ambitions outside of Australia and that you have a genuine intentions to remain in Australia temporarily

 + Step 9 – Prepare for arrival into Australia

Understand what to expect when clearing customs and what not to bring.

Scan and make copies for your important documents, such as passport, COE, academic transcripts, reference letters that may assist in gaining a part time job.

 + Step 10 – Book accommodation and airport pick-up

Book short term accommodation in advance of departing your home country, consider distance of accommodation to campus locations, and look at a short term options (1-2 weeks) initially so you have time to familiarise yourself with Melbourne and to look at a few longer term accommodation options.

If you are having difficulties in deciding, contact Student Services for assistance

Melbourne Polytechnic provides a free airport pick up service for new international students arriving in Melbourne.

Please submit your International Student Arrival Form at least 1 week prior to your arrival in Melbourne

 + Step 11 – Attend International Student Orientation and Student Welcome Day

Make a successful transition to life and study at Melbourne Polytechnic, find out about services available and make some new friends by attending compulsory Orientation for International Students

You will also receive details of where and when your course specific orientation and enrolment will take place.

 + Step 12 – Create your Unique Student Identifier (USI)

You will need your passport for this, and to progress to Step 12, you will need a USI

See USI Student Video for details on how to apply, and complete

 + Step 13 – Attend course specific orientation

Details of when and where are provided at Step 8 (Attend orientation and student welcome day), if unsure contact the International Office

 + Step 14 – Complete course specific subject/unit enrolment

Higher Education students

  • Begin enrolment at your teaching department by completing e-form, enrolment template and credit application form.

VET students

  • Begin enrolment at your teaching department by getting assistance completing personal details on the e-form and getting your Training Plan

Complete enrolment at the Enrolment Centre bringing with you the forms from your teaching department.



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