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Melbourne Polytechnic



Melbourne Polytechnic offers over 80 vocational courses spread across seven campuses and three training centres in Melbourne, Australia. The university is one of Australia's largest higher education providers and welcomes students from over 70 countries around the world. Melbourne Polytechnic has also received the Victorian Government's Premier's Award for Excellence in International Education.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers an impressive range of facilities across its campuses which offer real-life working conditions. These include an on-site hairdresser, a garden centre, recording studios, a childcare centre, performance theatre, training restaurants and even an award-winning wine cellar. There are also seven well-stocked libraries and a fitness centre located at the Preston campus, featuring a fully-equipped gym.

Students receive a huge amount of guidance at Melbourne Polytechnic. Dedicated services include help for students with a disability, information on accommodation, a confidential counselling team, and specific support for international students. A number of career-related activities are also arranged throughout the year so that students can get a taste of different industries, and gain knowledge of the different options available to them after they finish their degree.

Melbourne has a thriving arts and culture scene, along with a vibrant nightlife, beautiful coastline and plenty of nature parks, making it an ideal place to study in. It is also continuously ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world.

Melbourne Polytechnic runs Student Life at MelbPoly (SLAM), which organises a wide range of activities, events and trips for students to get involved in throughout the year. The organisation also encourages them to run their own events, fundraisers and competitions, as well as helping develop students' skills through training and workshops.

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Study options

Study options

Melbourne Polytechnic is one of the most successful and largest providers of tertiary education and vocational training in Australia. It is funded by the government and an owned Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

Ranging from certificate and diploma programmes to bachelor's and master's degrees, Melbourne Polytechnic offers excellent programmes for international students.

Melbourne Polytechnic's commitment towards its partnerships with top universities, industries and research institutes worldwide provide students more pathways into degrees and higher learning education.

English language intensive course for overseas students (ELICOS)

Melbourne Polytechnic offers the English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) at all levels from beginner to advanced (English for academic purposes). Studies focus on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.


Its certificates, diplomas and degrees are designed to get students on track to achieving their academic and career goals.

Melbourne Polytechnic has been a partner with La Trobe University since 2008, offering pathways into a range of undergraduate programmes. Students can choose relevant programmes on offer at La Trobe University once they graduate from Melbourne Polytechnic.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To study at Melbourne Polytechnic, international students must be 16 years or older and meet all entry requirements as outlined below.

Academic level

Melbourne Polytechnic requires the successful completion of studies equivalent to Australian Year 11 and Year 12 education as the minimum level of entry into most certificate, diploma and degree programmes.

Students who do not possess the academic level entry requirements set by Melbourne Polytechnic, but have knowledge or skills relevant to the programme chosen, can apply as mature age students. A student who has not been involved in full-time education for a minimum of one year and is above 18 years of age, is considered to be a mature student.

English proficiency

All international students are required to meet the standard of English language proficiency set by Melbourne Polytechnic listed below. The institution also accepts other evidence that certify English language proficiency in individual cases after appropriate documents are submitted.

Students are required to successfully complete one of the following no more than two years prior to the application date – unless specified otherwise.

  • Previous studies in a specified English speaking country where English was the language of instruction:
    1. Successful completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Qualification delivered offshore
    2. Certificate in Academic English (CAE)
  • English language proficiency requirements for student visas

Depending on their country of citizenship and intended programme of study, evidence of a suitable level of English language proficiency may be required for a student visa application.

Applicants will need to show evidence of meeting the English language skills for student visa eligibility before being granted the unconditional offer.

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How to apply

How to apply

Students must carefully check all the entry requirements for the courses they are applying for. The next step is to complete the Melbourne Polytechnic International Student Application form.

Students must submit the application to the International Office by email, mail, fax or through an authorised Melbourne Polytechnic education agent. They must read and understand the terms and conditions of enrolment before applying.

The application must be accompanied by:

  • A certified copy of the passport
  • Certified copies of the academic qualifications translated into English
  • Evidence of English language proficiency
  • Any other information or documents that are specified in the usual course entry requirements (this may involve a recent portfolio of work, an audition, resume or interview)

Melbourne Polytechnic International Office can assist students with the submission of their application and is the single point of contact for all queries - once the application is received. There is no fee charged for submission of an application. Fees are only charged once the enrolment is confirmed.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

Melbourne Polytechnic scholarships are awarded on a range of criteria, such as merit, the area of study or personal circumstances. Available scholarships differ from semester to semester and year to year.

Recognition of excellence in transnational studies

Melbourne Polytechnic provides high performing transnational students who have demonstrated excellence in their course of study, the opportunity to apply for a merit based scholarship to continue their studies in a related field at Melbourne Polytechnic with a significant scholarship.

This scholarship is open to all future as well as current transnational students of Melbourne Polytechnic. The eligibility also extends to all transnational students in their final year of study offshore or those who have finished their transnational programme within six months of the closing date of the application.

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Melbourne Polytechnic offers students a range of services, facilities and learning resources across its campuses. It is home to six libraries, learning services, conference facilities, restaurants and much more.


The bookshop is part of the Co-op, Australia's largest provider of textbooks and is owned and operated by its members. The Co-op is located in over 60 universities and learning institutions across Australia. Students can order books anytime online and, as a bonus, orders over AUD 50 are shipped free of charge.

David Williamson theatre

The David Williamson Theatre is located within the Prahran Campus on High Street and is a preferred choice for events and productions.


There are six comprehensive libraries and each campus library contains various spaces to suit different learning styles. The libraries have PCs and laptops, wireless and internet access, printing, copying and scanning, collections of books, periodicals (print and online) and other course-related materials and texts such as videos, magazines and computer software available to students. It also has an extensive suite of e-resources available for use day or night. There are also information literacy programmes to ensure students acquire the necessary skills to succeed in their studies and career.


Melbourne Polytechnic has two fully equipped training restaurants where students can learn the art of commercial cookery, hospitality or grab a bite to eat.

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Applied innovation

Applied innovation

The Centre of Applied Innovation links the globally-minded learner to the world's cutting-edge developments in every field of human endeavour. Biotechnology, Cybersecurity, Nanomaterials, Textiles, Food Production, Defence, Gaming and Entertainment, Off-grid Living, Communications, Intelligent Ecosystems, Wellness – if students can think of it, the centre can build the bridge between student passion and the world that can put it to good use. Hosting the only academically integrated finance and innovation intelligence system, Melbourne Polytechnic is the first tertiary education institution to provide students and industry partners access to the world's single largest global repository of innovation and analytics. The Centre of Applied Innovation's proprietary linguistic and financial analytics capability enables the integration of complex foresight, data analytics and market intelligence.

Applied Innovation contextualises great ideas and places them into actionable contexts and situations. Through this, students can:

  1. Identify relevant context into which creativity can achieve its greatest impact.
  2. Link diverse communities with similar interests, challenges or solutions.
  3. Provide instant accessibility to researchers and businesses in over 168 countries to form just-in-time collaboration.

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Preston Victoria 77 St Georges Rd
Collingwood Victoria 20 Otter Street
Fairfield Victoria 101 Yarra Bend Rd
Epping Victoria Cooper St & Dalton Rd
Heidelberg West Victoria Bell St & Waterdale Rd
Prahran Victoria 144 High Street
Greensborough Victoria 61 Civic Drive
Melbourne Polytechnic has been delivering vocational training since 1912 and offers a diverse range of innovative, hands on TAFE and Higher Education programs to equip students with the knowledge and skills to excel in an evolving and challenging marketplace. The institution is one of the largest providers of Higher Education integrated with Vocational Training in Australia. It is a Government funded and owned Registered Training Organisation and proudly hosts students from over many different countries across the globe.

Melbourne Polytechnic proudly host students from over 70 different countries across the globe, it offers over 100 Certificates, Diplomas and Degrees to its international students, designed to help students achieve their academic and career goals. The institution offers programs that include pre apprenticeships, apprenticeships, certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees, bachelor degrees and master?s degrees. The programs also include articulated pathways to university studies. It hosts a large cohort of international students as well as delivering programs with 25 partner institutions throughout Asia.

Institution?s modern training facilities are recognised for being among the best in Victoria and their long-standing relationships with industry means students gain relevant skills to be job-ready. Melbourne Polytechnic provides a friendly and safe environment for students to learn in. It maintains a reputation of providing quality education and consumer protection, specifically developed for overseas students under the ESOS legislation, CRICOS and National Code frameworks.

Melbourne Polytechnic stands out from other educational institutions in Melbourne, because it focuses on practical industry-relevant training designed in collaboration with industry its campuses are all located within walking distance to trams, trains and buses.
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