AC: Alphacrucis College

International Students

If you are not an Australian citizen or holder of an Australian Permanent Resident Visa you need to decide where you want to study: do you want to study from your home country or do you want to study in Australia? Alphacrucis College (AC) offers both options.

Am I an International Student?

You are considered to be an international student if you are NOT:

  • an Australian citizen, or
  • a New Zealand citizen, or
  • a dual citizen of any country with Australia or New Zealand, or
  • a permanent resident of Australia.

If you meet any of these criteria you are considered to be a domestic student.

You are an international student if you hold a permit for temporary entry to Australia. For example, if your status is: overseas student, permanent resident of New Zealand, diplomat, temporary resident holding a work permit, refugee, a dependent of any of the above, etc.

Study in Australia

Nothing beats the experience of being part of our community and participating in our classroom discussions! If you decide you want to study in Australia, it is important to realise that you will need to apply for a Study Visa and are legally obliged to enrol for full-time study.

If you are not an Australian citizen or holder of an Australian Permanent Resident Visa and you decide to come to Australia to study you will need to apply for a Study Visa.

Why Study in Australia?

Australia has become one of the most popular student destinations in the world, where international students can enjoy the relaxed outdoor lifestyle of Australia while learning in one of the best education systems in the world. Click here to read more …

Study from Home

For students who decide to study from their home country, AC brings education to you by offering many subjects and degrees by distance education allowing you to study from anywhere in the world. AC offers a flexible delivery option for a large number of subjects without compromising the quality of your education. Flexible delivery means that you will have access to our e-Learning platform which provides resources, podcasts, online forums and tutor assistance that allows you to complete your studies from your home country.

What is distance education?

Distance education aims to deliver a quality university education to students who are not able to be physically present on campus. With flexible study options, you can study from home, work, or anywhere in the world, at a time that suits you and your lifestyle.

How does distance education work?

When you’re a distance education student with AC, your learning experience is enhanced through our flexible study delivery options. Distance education combines course materials with a comprehensive online learning environment.

Distance education key benefits

  • receive the same top-level education as studying on campus
  • upgrade your qualifications whenever you choose
  • balance study with work, family or financial commitments
  • your degree testamur does not indicate that you studied by distance education

International Student Application Process

Step 1 - Submit your application

Step 2 - Offer Letter and Student Agreement

  • If the ISO is satisfied that you are academically eligible and are a Genuine Temporary Entrant, you will be issued with an Offer Letter and Student Agreement.
  • You will need to sign and return this agreement and pay the first semester’s fees. You will also need to declare that you have arranged Overseas Healthcare Cover (OSHC)

Step 3 - Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) Certificate

  • Once your signed Letter of Offer and fees have been received by the ISO, you will be issued with a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). This is the document required by the Australian Immigration to apply for a student visa. Along with a CoE certificate, you will also be provided with more information on your Enrolment and Orientation Days.

Application Deadlines

Complete applications must be received a minimum of 15 business days before the enrolment date of the first course in the applicant’s package. Applications received less than 15 days before the enrolment date will not be considered for the intended start date and will be required to defer their studies to the next practicable start date.

Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) and Genuine Temporary Entrants (GTE)

Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP)

From 22 March 2014 Alphacrucis (AC) is an approved participant in the SVP program for Higher Education providers. SVP simplifies the student visa assessment process so that students with a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for an eligible course at a participating Higher Education provider such as AC will generally have reduced evidentiary requirements when applying for a student visa. This is because, regardless of their country of origin, students studying with an SVP approved provider are assessed as though they are a lower migration risk.

Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)

As part of the SVP program, AC is required to ensure applicants are genuine students and genuine temporary entrants. When you complete your application to study at AC you must carefully read and sign all the forms within the GTE Forms. If you are applying through an agent, your agent must also read and sign your GTE Forms.

  • Your primary purpose of coming to Australia on a student visa is to study
  • You have the required English language proficiency
  • You accept responsibility for obtaining your student visa and adhering to the conditions on your visa
  • You have genuine access to sufficient funds to cover your tuition costs, OSHC, return airfares and living expenses for yourself and any dependants. As a guide, you must have enough money to pay the tuition fees for your course and at least another $18, 000 per year to pay your living and other expenses.

Accreditation & International Recognition

The Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses at AC are accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) - Australia’s independent national regulator of the higher education sector. These courses will be recognised in most countries. Our Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are nationally recognised and accredited by the Australian Skills and Quality Authority (ASQA). For further information regarding this topic please click here.

Education Agents

International students may obtain information about AC from these Education Agents who are AC representatives click here.

Who handles my application?

The International Student Office (ISO) is responsible for overseeing the Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) program at Alphacrucis College (AC) and will assess your application. Agents can assist their clients in completing successful applications by referring to this application information.

What criteria do I have to meet to be eligible for a VET package course?

Australian Immigration impose tight restrictions for individuals seeking to study in Australia. These individuals are required to demonstrate that they are high quality candidates who are likely to complete their chosen course. Alphacrucis College requires that applicants for VET Package courses hold a minimum IELTS overall band score of 5.5 (or equivalent) with no individual band below 5.0. Applicants must also have achieved a score of 60% or higher in their core high school subjects (such as English (if taken), mathematics subjects, humanities subjects and sciences). Eligible individuals are encouraged to apply online through the Alphacrucis College website. Please ensure that the online application and passport of an applicant are identical, paying particular attention to the order and spelling of names, the date of birth and the nationality. More information on entry requirements can be found here

What is the application process?

International students seeking to study in Australia at AC must complete the International Student Application Form here . A complete application will be assessed by the International Student Officer (ISO). Successful applicants will be issued an Offer Letter and Student Agreement. This agreement will need to be signed and returned to the ISO, and you will be required to pay your first semester fees. Once these have both been received, you will be issued with a CoE certificate (This is the document required to apply for a student visa). You will then have completed the application process, and can begin your enrolment.

What is a complete application?

A complete application is comprised of an online application with every answer complete and the following documents uploaded to the online application: certified copy of passport, IELTS (or equivalent proof of English proficiency), high school and/or tertiary academic transcripts and complete Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Forms. All declarations in the GTE forms must be read and signed by the appropriate parties for the application to be complete. Applicants must supply as much detail as possible.

What is an incomplete application?

Incomplete applications are those that do not provide responses to every question online or in the GTE pack or are missing the necessary documents for Stage 1 in the International Student Application Process page. They will not be accepted as valid applications due to their incomplete nature. The ISO will request new GTE packs if questions have not been completed in full. Repeated failure to supply completed GTE packs will result in the applicant being deemed non-GTE and the application being rejected. Online applications that are not accompanied by GTE paperwork will be discarded after 7 days. An incomplete application will be deemed inactive after 60 days and an applicant will have to reapply. Failure to complete multiple applications will result in no new applications being accepted.

What are ‘certified copies’?

All supporting documents should be certified as the International Student Office is unable to accept non-certified versions. A ‘certified copy’ is a copy of an original document that has been authorised (or notarized) as being a true copy of an original. Persons that can certify documents in Australia can be found here.

How do I know if my documents are current?

The following documents must meet these restrictions to be considered current:

  • Passports: 6 months validity beyond the start date of the applicant’s course. (in compliance with Australian Immigration Law)
  • IELTS: not more than 2 years old.
  • Documents must meet these requirements on the day they are received by the ISO. Please contact the ISO if you are unsure if your document is current.

    Repeated failure to supply current copies of documents will result in the applicant being deemed non-GTE.

    What should I write in my application?

    Always complete your application in your own words. You should give clear, specific and personal information in your application. The information you provide in your GTE forms help us understand the reasons you have chosen to study in Australia and at AC, and prove that you are a genuine student. Never copy reasons for choosing to study from another person or from other sources (such as the internet). This does not demonstrate that you are a genuine student and no further applications will be accepted from you.

    How long do I have to complete my application?

    During non-peak periods, initial applications will be responded to within approximately one week. Applicants who submit complete applications, and who return signed offers and fees promptly can expect to receive a CoE within 2-3 weeks from the time of application. Not providing complete information will delay the issuing of a CoE. During peak periods (prior to enrolment) applicants can expect to wait double this length of time.

    Can I defer the start date of my studies?

    Applicants wishing to defer the commencement of their studies to the following semester may do so by providing the ISO valid reasons for deferring. If the applicant has a package with a partner college, an updated offer letter from the partner college must be supplied. An amended offer letter from AC will be provided, which must be signed and returned to the ISO. Applicants may only defer a maximum of one semester.

    When do I need to submit my application by?

    Applications must be received a minimum of 15 business days before the start date or enrolment date of the first course in the applicant’s package. Applications received less than 15 days before the start date or enrolment date will not be considered for the intended start date and will be required to defer their studies to the next practicable start date. Application validity length will still apply.

    During peak periods (prior to enrolment) applicants can expect to wait double this length of time.

    Why was my application deemed non-GTE?

    Applications can be deemed non-GTE for a number of reasons:

    • You did not meet the eligibility criteria for entry into your chosen course
    • Some or all of your application did not appear to be your own words
    • The information provided was incomplete or incorrect
    • The application did not demonstrate a clear reason for studying the chosen course in Australia
    • The application suggests you are not likely to complete your chosen course
    • The application suggests you are not coming to Australia primarily to study
    • The application suggests your stay in Australia is not temporary
    • The application was not completed while still valid
    • Another reason specific to your application

    What payments must I make to get a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)?

    You will need to pay a non-refundable $100 application fee when you first apply. Upon receiving your Offer Letter and Student Agreement, you will need to pay your first semester fees before receiving your CoE. Indicative fees can be found here.

    What kind of financial assistance does AC offer?

    AC does not accept unsolicited scholarship applications. AC does not offer payment plans for fees. All fees must be paid upfront and in full before studies can commence. It is recommended that you do not apply before you have access to the full fee payment. Applicants must also be confident they can continue to meet the fee payments each semester, as payment plans are not available at any time during a student’s course.

    What do I do if I require a refund?

    The AC refund policy is available here.

    If you believe you are eligible for a refund, contact the ISO. Applicants that are eligible for a refund must complete the online Refund Request Form within 14 days of becoming eligible for a refund.

    What do I do if I have further questions?

    Please ensure you have read this FAQ page thoroughly as well as all the information in the GTE pack. If you still have further questions, please contact iso@ac.edu.au. We will attempt to respond to your query as soon as possible.