Pre Enrolment Information

Pre Enrolment Information to Study at Victorian Institute of Education

For all applications for Offer Letters, please email our Admissions Team at For enquiries regarding Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) and Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirements, kindly email

Victorian Institute of Education has the following general entry requirements.

International students must:

  • Be at least 17 years of age and have completed Year 12 or equivalent except for CERTIII in Individual Support course where Year 11 or equivalent may be eligible.
  • Participate in a course entry interview to determine suitability for the course and student needs.
  • Have an IELTS* score of 5.5 (test results must be no more than 2 years old). English language competence can also be demonstrated through documented evidence of any of the following:
    • Educated for 5 years in an English-speaking country; or
    • Successful completion of an English Placement Test

*Note that other English language tests such as PTE and TOEFL can be accepted. Students are required to provide their results so that it can be confirmed they are equivalent to IELTS 5.5.

International Application Form:
Complete the student application form and submit it along with certified copies of your academic documents, English Language proficiency documents, and proof of identity (passport) to or through your agent.

Application Assessment:
Once your application is received, we will review it to ensure you meet the English language and academic entry requirements for your chosen course program.

Letter of Offer:
If your course application is approved, we will issue a Letter of Offer, which includes details such as course start dates, finish dates and payment information.

Tuition Fee Payment:
The payment details for your tuition fees are outlined in your Letter of Offer. It is crucial to read and understand the VIE refund policy before making your tuition fee payment.

Apply for a Student Visa:
After receiving your tuition fee payment, we will provide a fee receipt to support your student visa application. For more information on student visa requirements, visit

Plan to arrive in Australia and at VIE in time for the International Student Orientation session. Organize your airport pickup and accommodation at least 14 working days before your arrival.

VIE Orientation Program:
You are required to participate in the VIE Orientation program with other international students, complete your enrolment process, and begin your course studies.

For student inquiries, please contact: 

Australia provides a unique health insurance system for international students known as Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). It is mandatory to purchase OSHC before you arrive in Australia, ensuring coverage from the moment you land. The Department of Home Affairs stipulates that international students must maintain OSHC for the entirety of their stay in Australia on a student visa.

You have the option to select OSHC from a provider we recommend or choose any Australian OSHC provider that suits your needs. The following are recognized OSHC providers in Australia:
● BUPA OSHC: VIE’s preferred provider. We recommend BUPA for our students.
● Medibank Private: For more information, visit

OSHC assists in covering costs for medical or hospital care you may require during your studies in Australia. It also contributes to most prescription medicines and emergency ambulance services.

For detailed coverage information and guidance on seeking treatment, refer to the Department of Health and Ageing’s Frequently Asked Questions.

Please note, that OSHC does not extend to dental, optical, or physiotherapy services. If you require coverage for these services, consider additional private health insurance options such as:
● Extra OSHC from some providers
● International travel insurance
● General treatment coverage from any Australian private health insurer

For a comprehensive list of health insurers and to find the one that best meets your needs, visit or

VIE is here to support your transition to studying in Sydney and Adelaide by offering accommodation assistance. We can refer you to a reputable homestay agency that specializes in helping students find suitable living arrangements. Homestay can provide a warm and welcoming home environment and is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the local culture.

For those who prefer a more independent living situation, hostel accommodation is a popular choice among international students, especially during the initial months of their stay. Hostels typically offer a small, furnished room with access to shared facilities like bathrooms, laundry, a lounge, and various recreational activities. Many hostels also provide computer access for their residents.

Before settling on an accommodation, we recommend that you visit and evaluate two or three different properties to ensure they meet your needs and expectations. Keep in mind that many hostels operate privately and are subject to the Rooming House Act. Should you decide to sign a lease, be aware that you will be protected under the Residential Tenancies Act.

For those considering a more long-term accommodation solution, renting an apartment or flat is an option. However, costs and conditions can vary widely. It's important to familiarize yourself with the suburb or area you're considering before committing. Typically, signing a lease agreement is necessary for renting, which may involve a bond payment and specific moving arrangements. Given these commitments, we advise starting with short-term accommodation while you get to know Sydney better.

Share accommodation is another popular option among young Australians and international students. It not only provides a cost-effective living solution but also offers a fantastic opportunity to improve your English skills, learn more about Australian culture, and make new friends from around the world.

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