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We have listed Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below. For specific course and study information please contact your education provider directly.


Help & Advice

  • As in any large city crime can occur. Victoria Police was established in 1853, providing policing services to the Victorian community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, working to keep over 5.9 million Victorian residents safe.

    If you are a victim of crime and report it to police, it will not impact on your current visa status. You should contact the police for:

    Emergency assistance

    Please call Triple Zero (000) when an immediate response is required, to contact police while a crime is happening or if someone is in immediate danger.

    Non-emergency crime incidents

    Contact your local police station via phone or in person to report non-emergency crime incidents, except for crime types detailed below. Details of how to contact your local police can be found on the Victoria Police website. Please be aware you cannot report crime via the Victoria Police website.

    Reporting crime or hoon behaviour

    If you have any information regarding a crime, criminal activity, or hoon behaviour you can contact Crime Stoppers Victoria online or by calling on 1800 333 000 and confidentially report what you know.

    Reporting cybercrime

    Common types of cybercrime include attacks on computer systems (hacking), online scams or fraud, identity theft, online stalking (including cyberbullying) and illegal or prohibited online content. The Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) is a secure reporting service for cybercrime incidents that may be in breach of Australian law. Certain reports will be directed to Australian law enforcement and government agencies for further investigation.

    If you have any further enquiries, please contact the Study Melbourne Student Centre.

  • Yes. You'll need a tourist or student visa depending on the length of your course. You must complete a visa application form, provide the required documents and pay an application fee. You can only be granted a student visa if you meet the requirements (financial, academic, personal) and intend to study a registered course full-time. Read more on our Visas information page. Check your specific requirements at the student visa section at the Australian Government immigration website.

  • Support is available for everything from finding your way around campus, to finding accommodation and making friends. The Study Melbourne Student Centre (SMSC) provides provides friendly and professional support and referrals to local services and community resources, crisis intervention, case work assessment and support in emergency situations.


    Our support staff can be contacted via our 24-hour free phone line or by visiting the office during business hours, Monday to Friday. Our services are free and confidential and interpreters are available on request.

  • Family members can accompany you if your study lasts for at least one year, and if you can support them. Check the conditions of your visa with an Australian Embassy, Post or overseas Department of Immigration and Border Protection office. Office locations can be found on the contacts section of the Australian Government immigration website.

    Dependents of international students are granted a Temporary Residents Visa.

    You can also read about bringing family members to Australia on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website whilst studying on the Australian Government immigration website.

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About Melbourne

  • Colleges and universities

    Victoria's long history of migration has created a tolerant society and Victorians respect different cultures, religious traditions and styles of dress.

    Secondary schools

    Students at most Catholic and independent secondary schools must wear a uniform. Boys wear trousers or shorts in the school colours, a shirt and jacket or pullover. Girls usually choose between a skirt or trousers, and wear a shirt and blazer. Some schools may require boys and girls to wear a tie, and some have straw hats for summer. There are winter and summer uniforms.

    The dress code for Government schools varies. Some require students to wear a uniform while others allow students to wear casual clothes. Students can wear clothing particular to their religion or culture in Victorian schools. For example, Muslim female students can wear a hajib.

     

  • The relationship between students and teachers is informal. Professors, tutors and teachers are always available and students are encouraged to approach them. At school you address teachers as Mr, Mrs or Ms; they will usually address you by your first name. At vocational institutes and universities the relationship is quite casual; students usually call teachers by their first name, although they may use Professor or Doctor.

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Study Options

  • Qualification from Victorian education institutions are recognised and respected around the world, when they conform to the Australian Qualifications Framework.

    Check with professional bodies in your country to confirm that they recognise the vocational qualification you plan to study for. Visit the Victorian TAFE Association website to read more about quality assurance of TAFE degrees.

  • If you are planning to apply for an undergraduate course at a Victorian university you will need to have at least a Year 12 (final school year) standard or equivalent. Visit the Equivalent Overseas section of the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre website.

    International students whose first language is not English need a recognised English proficiency qualification such as the International English Language Testing System or its equivalent.

    If you do not have the equivalent of Year 12 you may enrol in one of the Foundation programs, which help international students gain entry to undergraduate study at Australian universities. Some promise a place at university if you successfully complete the course. This is also a good way to help you adapt to the Australian academic environment and way of life.

     

  • Cambridge International Education (CIE) qualifications are recognised across the world, including Australia. The qualifications include these school-based general qualifications and diplomas:

    • The International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE)
    • International O Level examinations
    • A & AS Level examinations

    Search for accredited courses [insert new link] at a Victorian institution. You should contact the institution directly about your CIE qualification and academic history. For more information on CIE qualifications go to the CIE website.

  • You will need to inform your preferred university you would like to request credit for previous study or work experience when you apply. Include as much information as possible about your previous study, including certified academic transcripts in English with full subject descriptions. (Note: universities often do not return these documents.)

  • Yes. The Victorian system allows students to follow pathways within their chosen of areas of study. School, vocational and academic qualifications in Victoria are linked, which allows students to move easily between institutions. For example, an Advanced Diploma in Business from a vocational institution is recognised by universities and satisfies entry requirements into business degree studies and course credits. On the other hand, university graduates can complement their degree studies with a vocational Certificate or Diploma that provides practical and professional training to boost career opportunities. Check the vocational section of this website.

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Before You Arrive

  • Lectures and classes in Australia are generally taught in English, so you will need to have certain level of understanding and ability to read, write and speak English. You can complete intensive English courses in Melbourne or in nearby regional Victoria, before you start your studies. It can take six months to obtain a good understanding of the English language.

     

  • ELICOS stands for English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students. ELICOS courses help international students who want to study in Australia or wish to improve their English for social or career purposes.

  • You have to complete a certain level of English to apply for a TAFE, undergraduate and postgraduate courses directly from ELICOS. Students will also need to be recommended by their ELICOS provider for the course they wish to study. Contact the institution to find out more.

  • Yes. English language studies can be combined with a holiday or a professional internship with a Victorian company. Find out more by visiting the English Australia website.


  • Family members can accompany you if your study lasts for at least one year, and if you can support them. Check the conditions of your visa with an Australian Embassy, Post or overseas Department of Immigration and Border Protection office. Office locations can be found on the contacts section of the Australian Government immigration website.

    Dependents of international students are granted a Temporary Residents Visa.

    You can also read about bringing family members to Australia on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website whilst studying on the Australian Government immigration website.

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Where to Live

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Money

  • Most institutions require at least the first semester's fees in advance. Costs and how far you must pay in advance vary from course to course and between universities. Visit the institution websites to find out more.


  • Your education provider will include information on how to pay tuition fees after you accept your offer. Tuition fees must be paid in Australian dollars and can be paid by bank draft, credit card or direct transfer into your education provider's account. Major credit cards are usually accepted. Cash payment of tuition fees is not accepted by many institutions.

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Entertainment

  • There's always something happening in Melbourne. There are world-class sports and leisure facilities, as well as many parks and gardens. A large network of bicycle tracks links different parts of the city. Ski fields, beaches, inland river areas and national parks are just a few hours by train or road. Learn more about the things you can do during your leisure time at the official Victorian Government and City of Melbourne websites. There are also many activities on campus and in the local community, such as music, drama and sport, as well as outdoor and social activities.

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Last updated: 29 Sep 2015

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