International Students
Things to know before you apply

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This page contains the information to assist you in making an informed decision to enrol with Academia. This is a summary of information relating to; training, assessment and support services and your rights and obligations as a student of Academia.
The information contained on this page is particular to International Students whom enter Australia to study on a student visa.

Entry Requirements for Vocational Education and Training Courses

Academia has processes to assess whether a prospective student's qualifications, experience and English Language proficiency are appropriate for the course in which enrolment is sought.

General requirements:
Must be at least 18 years of age

English Language proficiency* (one of the following criteria only):

  • IELTS 5.5 or an equivalent English score result as recognised by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) regulations; or
  • An English proficiency of Upper Intermediate level from Academia International or any other NEAS accredited ELICOS course or English Australia member college course; or
  • An English medium High School qualification equivalent to Year 10 (Victoria, Australia) and recognised by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP); or
  • A qualification equivalent to Certificate IV (AQF, Australia) or higher majoring in English or conducted in the English Language; or
  • An average score of 70% or higher on the Academia International Placement test.
  • Evidence that student has successfully completed 4th Year level English at Assumption University in Thailand.

*If the English Language requirements cannot be satisfied, a student can still enrol into our Vocational programs after successfully completing one or more of the English Language courses offered by Academia... read more

Educational background / prior work experience (One of the following criteria only):

  • Year 11 (Victoria, Australia) or equivalent International qualification as recognised by the Department of Immigration and Board Protection
  • Mature aged entry, if not meeting either 1 or 2 the following applies:
    • Demonstrating relevant work experience in the vocation chosen to study
    • Application into a package of courses which cover the pre-requisite knowledge and skills (e.g Certificate III, Certificate IV and Diploma)

You must also review the Student Visa page or DIBP website.

Entry Requirements for English Language Courses

Academia has processes to assess whether a prospective student's English Language proficiency is appropriate for the course in which enrolment is sought.

General requirements:
Must be at least 18 years of age; and Literacy in native language

English Language Course

Entry Requirements

General English GE

No pre-requisites

English for Academic Purposes EAP1

IELTS 5.0 or equivalent; or Intermediate General English from a NEAS accredited course

English for Academic Purposes EAP2

IELTS 5.5 or equivalent; or satisfactory completion of EAP 1

English for IELTS Preparation IELTS 1

IELTS 5.0 or equivalent; or Intermediate General English from a NEAS accredited course

English for IELTS Preparation IELTS 2

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent; or satisfactory completion of IELTS 1


You must also review the Academia English Courses, Student Visa page or DIBP website.

Course Content, Duration, Study Modes and Assessment Methods

The course content and duration for each of the courses offered at Academia can be viewed at the courses page...

Pathway Arrangements

Academia is recognised as a College delivering quality tuition in Vocational Education and Training. This recognition is demonstrated in the pathways we have achieved to date with quality Institutions in the University and Higher Education sectors.

University Pathways

Facilities and Equipment

Academia has facilities on campus in the centre of Melbourne including:

Fully equipped and spacious class rooms
English as a second language classrooms
Computer labs
Games Development and Digital Arts Lab
Commercial Kitchens
Patisserie (sugar and chocolate) Kitchen
Bakery Kitchen
Hairdressing Salon
Beauty Therapy lab
Common room
And much more

To view examples of our facilities and students in action see

Campus Location

Situated in the geographical centre of Melbourne Australia, our students enjoy being in the midst of Melbourne's Central Shopping, Entertainment, Restaurant and Business district. Twice voted as the most liveable city in the World, Melbourne is Australia's capital of food, fashion and entertainment. With clubs and bars, central markets, main tourist district, fashion stores, restaurants and much more all within walking distance from our college. Being one of the most multicultural cities in the world, local and international students are made to feel welcome.

Academia Location

Course Fees

Fees for International Students can be viewed here.

Deferment, Suspension & Cancellation of Enrolment

The commencement date of your course (deferment) or the an unscheduled break (suspension also known as a deferment) will only be approved in limited circumstances as per the Deferment, Suspension and Cancellation policy listed in the Student Information Handbook.
It is important you understand that inappropriate behaviour as per the discipline policy listed in the Student Information Handbook, non-payment of fees or where Visa regulations have not been adhered to can all lead to your enrolment being cancelled by Academia.

ESOS Framework

Academia is bound by the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act and related regulations, referred to as the ESOS Framework.
The ESOS framework sets out the obligations of education providers delivering courses to International Students and the consumer rights of those students.
You can view the ESOS Framework here:
ESOS Framework from Australian Education International

School-aged Dependants

If you are a current overseas student, or intending overseas student please be advised that Australian law mandates your obligations to ensure that any *school-aged dependants accompanying you to be enrolled into a school.
*In the state of Victoria, the Education Reform Act 2006 defines school-age as not less than six (6) nor more than sixteen (16) years of age.
Your options for the schooling of your school-aged dependants are:

Note: some visa types may require the payment of full school fees. Please check with the school you wish to enrol your school-aged dependants into for advice. Further information can be found at

Accommodation Options

Please follow this link to see more about Accommodation Options

Cost of Living in Melbourne, Australia

The sites provided here provide an indicative cost of living only. The actual costs of living will vary depending on your location and lifestyle.

Information on Living in Australia (Study in Australia site)
Why study in Australia? (Study in Australia site)
Information on studying in the State of Victoria (Study Melbourne site)
Information on Banking (Study in Australia site)
Information on the Cost of Living in Australia (Study in Australia site)
Further information on Living in the State of Victorian & Melbourne (Invest Victoria Site)
Cost of living Calculator (Budget Direct Site)

Support Services

Academia provides a number of Support Services to students. There are Student Welfare Officers within the college to consult on these and other services. The Student Welfare Officers will counsel students and may provide free referrals to external parties as necessary where the service is not provided within the college or the student has a support need not offered by the college.

  • Client Vocational Counselling to improve and extend training outcome
  • Personal Counselling services are available to all clients and staff from management and may take the form of advice or referral to other services. Personal counselling services must meet Academia's code of practice and confidentiality procedures. Personal counselling services include but are not restricted to:
    • Grievance /conflict resolution
    • Stress management
    • Access and equity issues
    • Client welfare and support
    • Education and Career Counselling
    • Assistance when applying for further studies
  • Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) Support is available to provide clients with advice and support services in the provision of language, literacy and numeracy assessment services. Clients needing (LLN) support may be identified on induction/orientation day or during their enrolment. Many Trainers have a background in language learning and teaching and are able to offer clients case by case support in this area.
  • Academia Job Club includes assistance with job seeking, resume writing and interview skills, advice and mentoring.

Academia's Location

Main Campus - 152 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne Victoria 3000, Australia


+61 3 9671 4755

(03) 9671 4755


+61 3 9671 4988

(03) 9671 4988

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