International StudentsIf 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 HomeFor 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 - Application
- Complete the online International Student Application Form here and complete the appropriate Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) pack here. You can find your country of origin in the assessment levels table for subclass 573 here.
- Send your completed GTE pack and all required documents listed on the final page to firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Your application will be assessed according to the academic entry requirements for your chosen award
- Online applications that are not followed by a GTE pack within 7 days will be discarded.
Step 2 - Academic and GTE Assessment
- Completed applications are assessed by the International Student Office (ISO)
- If you are currently outside of Australia an interview with the ISO may be required (usually conducted via Skype)
Step 3: Final Approval/CoE Issued
- If the ISO is satisfied that you are a Genuine Temporary Entrant, an unconditional/provisional Letter of Offer will be issued.
- You will need to sign and return this Letter of Offer and pay the first semester’s fees. You will also need to supply evidence of overseas healthcare cover (OSHC)
- Once your signed Letter of Offer and fees have been received, you will be issued with a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) which can then be used to apply for your student visa.
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.
International Students - 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. Students will still have to meet requirements in regard to English-language proficiency and financial capacity, and will have to demonstrate that they are a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE).
Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Requirements
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 pack.
Accreditation & International RecognitionThe 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 AgentsInternational students may obtain information about AC from these Education Agents who are AC representatives click here.
The International Student Office (ISO) is responsible for overseeing the Streamlined Visa Processing program at Alphacrucis College (AC). As such, the ISO operates as an informal extension of Australian Immigration and is therefore bound by certain immigration laws and restrictions. The ISO deal with all Higher Education and package course applications. The GTE (Genuine Temporary Entrant) application can be viewed as both an application to study at AC and a preliminary immigration screening. 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 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 package courses hold a minimum of 6.0 IELTS score (or equivalent) with no individual band below 5.5. Applicants must also have achieved a score of 60% or higher in core high school subjects (such as English (if taken), mathematics 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.What is the application process?
The application process is explained in full here.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: IELTS, certified copy of passport, academic transcripts; and an accompanying email containing the GTE pack with every question complete, every page initialled and supporting documents listed on the final page of the GTE pack. All declarations in the GTE pack 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.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 stamped) 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:
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?
You should always give clear, specific and personal information in your application, especially your student study intention statement. This information helps us understand the reasons you have chosen to study and demonstrates that you are a genuine student. Never copy reasons for choosing to study from another person or from other sources (such as websites). This does not demonstrate that you are a genuine student. Always complete your application in your own words.How long do I have to complete my application?
Applications must be completed within 60 days of the original lodgement date with AC. If after 60 days a COE has not been issued due to outstanding paperwork or payments, applications and all supporting documents will no longer be held by the ISO office and notice will be sent that the application has been cancelled due to being incomplete. Applicants will be required to begin the application process again. Applicants that repeatedly fail to complete an application in 60 days will result in all future applications being rejected. It is recommended applicants gather all necessary paperwork prior to applying and are confident all payments can be made without delay to avoid the application becoming invalid. Exceptions will not be made to application validity length.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.How long will it take to complete my application?
During non-peak periods, completed applications will be responded to within one week, to inform of eligibility and if an interview is required. Applicants who submit complete applications, are prepared to be interviewed at the earliest available appointment, and who return their signed offers and fees promptly can expect to receive a COE within 3-4 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.How do I know if I need an interview?
The ISO will contact you if you are required to have an interview. This interview will be conducted by video skype. Your local time zone will be considered when scheduling the interview, however, it is appreciated if you can be a little flexible with your availability. You will be asked to confirm an interview appointment time and to supply a valid skype ID so that you can be contacted.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 appeared to not 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
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 a refund request form and supply the Department of Immigration and Border Protection Decision Record (if applicable) 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 email@example.com. We will attempt to respond to your query as soon as possible.