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International Students

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* minimum requirements
(one of the following criteria only):

  1. IELTS (General or Academic) - Overall 5.5
  2. TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based) - 60
  3. TOEFL Paper - 523 (with a min TWE 3.5)
  4. TOEFL CBT (computer-Based) - 193 (with a min TWE 3.5)
  5. PTE - Academic 42 with no communicative skill score less than 40
  6. TOEIC - Total score 605 or higher
  7. The Cambridge FCE, CAE or CPE - Pass with an average of 60% or higher
  8. English proficiency of Upper Intermediate level or EAP 1 - 2 from Academia International - Pass with an average of 60% or higher
  9. Passing Academia International’s Placement test Pass with an average of 70% (with a minimum of 75% for speaking) or with an average of 80% if there is no speaking score
  10. Senior Secondary Certificate of Education completed in Australia
  11. Certificate IV or higher completed in Australia
  12. Completing tertiary studies in the medium of English
  13. Evidence of at least 5 years of studies in an English speaking country (Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, United States of America, South Africa, Republic of Ireland)
  14. If English is the student’s first language

*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

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

  1. Year 11 or above (Victoria, Australia) or equivalent International qualification as recognised by the Department of Home Affairs OR
  2. Mature aged entry, with any one or both of the following applies:
    1. Demonstrating relevant work experience in the vocation chosen to study AND/OR
    2. 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

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

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.

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:

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:

  1. Government Schools and Non-Government Schools (including schools of different religions) - search for a government school in the state of Victoria
  2. Further information can be found on the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development

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

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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.

  1. Client Vocational Counselling to improve and extend training outcome
  2. 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:
    1. Grievance /conflict resolution
    2. Stress management
    3. Access and equity issues
    4. Client welfare and support
    5. Education and Career Counselling
    6. Assistance when applying for further studies
  3. 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.
  4. Academia Job Club includes assistance with job seeking, resume writing and interview skills, advice and mentoring.