Application & Enrolment Process for International Students _Box Hill Institute

If you are an international student and want to study at Box Hill Institute, we can guide you through the enrolment process.

Note: Box Hill Institute does not accept enrolments from international students who are aged under 18 at the time of course commencement.

Find out your step by step application process here

Entry to Box Hill Institute’s academic courses is based on English proficiency and your academic record.

Special entry for mature-aged students (over 18 years of age) is also available and will be considered on the basis of past secondary study, employment skills or work experience.

To improve your English, you can undertake courses in general and academic English, designed specifically for intending students at Box Hill Institute or any other TAFE institute in Australia.



Applicants are required to provide evidence of their English language ability.

  1. For direct entry to most Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses (except for Nursing and Aged Care courses), the following language standards are required as display on column Score A.
  2. For direct entry to most Associate Degree and Bachelor Degree courses, please refer to Score B.
  3. For Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled/Division 2 Nursing), please refer to Score C.
  4. For Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, please refer to Score D.

Entry into courses may be determined by satisfactory standard achieved from Box Hill Institute Pre-entry Placement Test or language of instruction in previous studies was English may be considered.

Score A
Score B
Score C
Score D
IELTS Academic
5.5 (Academic) with no band score less than 5.0
6.0 (Academic) with no band score less than 5.5
6.5 (Academic) with no band score less than 6.0
7.0 (Academic) with no band score less than 7.0
TOEFL Print based
530 TWE (3.5+)
550 TWE (4.0+)
575 TWE (4.5+)
TOEFL Computer based
197 TWE (3.5+)
213 TWE (4.0+)
232 TWE (4.5+)
TOEFL Internet based
Pearson Test of Academic English
46 (with no communicative skill score less than 42)
54 (with no communicative skill score less than 50)
61 (with no communicative skill score less than 58)
69 (with no communicative skill score less than 65)
Cambridge English Advanced CAE
Results prior to 2015:
Results from 2015 new scores:

Note: For students whose Visa application will be determined under assessment level 3 requirements, results from an accepted test listed above may be used for student visa purposes. (Except from certain countries as specified by DIBP).


Students are assessed at orientation using the Box Hill Institute entry placement test and interview and placed in the appropriate class level.

Other English language proficiency tests such as IELTS and TOEFL are taken into consideration when placing students. The Box Hill Institute offshore pre-entry test should only be used as a guide in determining class placement.

Teachers are responsible for assessing students’ progress. Assessment methods include:

  • listening, reading, writing and speaking
  • in-class activities
  • homework tasks
  • formal and informal class tests
  • interview with a staff member
  • pair and group work
  • research assignments
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning tasks (CALL)
  • level of participation in class work and class activities
  • end of course tests.

As well as attending classes and participating in all set work, students develop their English language skills outside the classroom, such as reading newspapers, watching television and having conversations in English.


If English Language studies are required, the duration of studies will be decided by the results obtained from Box Hill institute Pre-entry English Placement test, or results in one of the above accepted tests.

Applicants with insufficient ability in English language may be required to undertake an ELICOS program (English Language Intensive Courses for International Students).


To reach 5.5 equivalent

Score A

To reach 6.0 equivalent

Score B

To reach 6.5 equivalent

Score C
5.0 10 weeks 20 weeks 30 weeks
4.5 20 weeks 30 weeks 40 weeks
4 30 weeks 40 weeks 50 weeks

More on English course for International Students

Completion of secondary education outside Australia to year 12 equivalent or year 12 in Australia is required for admission to most courses at Box Hill Institute (some Certificate courses may be entered after completion of secondary education to year 11)


Mature Age Entry – Students with incomplete Secondary Education and approved relevant experience who are at least 18 years of age and have been out of full time study for at least one year may also apply.

Some courses may have additional entry requirements, eg: presentation of a portfolio of designs for Fashion, Design and Art courses, or an audition tape or DVD for Creative Industries courses.

Computer literacy is recommended for all courses as computer use may be expected for researching and writing assignments.

Some courses may have additional or special admission requirements such as a portfolio of designs and artwork. Often these folios are provided on CD, making them easier to reproduce and replace.

Applications for music courses must be accompanied by an audition tape or DVD in which the applicant demonstrates their music performance ability.

Some courses involving workplace training activities in health and community services may require applicants to provide a police check and proof of immunisation against specific diseases.

While an academic prerequisite of Year 12 or equivalent is generally required, certain courses may also stipulate certain subject passes, for example Year 12 mathematics or physics.

Computer literacy is recommended for all courses as computer use may be expected for research.

If you have previous studies or experience relevant to your course you may be eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL), Recognition of Current Competency (RCC) or Credit Transfer (TR) subject credits or exemptions.

RPL is a process through which people can gain entry to or credit in recognised courses based on competencies gained. The competencies may have been gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, social or domestic activities or through informal or formal training. RPL does not include any additional training at the unit of competency or module level.

RCC applies if you have previously successfully completed the requirements of a unit of competency or module and are now required to be reassessed to ensure that the competence is being maintained.

TR recognition is obtained through agreements between institutions and organisations as to the credit value of a specific course/program. This includes students studying the same national unit of competency in another course either at Box Hill Institute or elsewhere.

To apply for course credit you will need detailed documentation, which includes academic transcripts, as well as an outline of the course, and subjects you have studied or the competencies you have gained.

If applying before enrolment, please forward all documentation with the International Student Application form.

If applying after enrolment, bring the information with you, and speak to the course coordinator.

You must apply for RPL or course credits no more than two weeks after the course starts, and will be required to accept in writing any course credits granted. There may be a fee for assessing your RPL claim. Please note that under the refund policy there will generally be no fee refund for exemptions.

Consideration of prior learning for International students will be consistent with the requirements of the ESOS Act 2000 and the National Code 2007. If course credit or exemptions are granted this may reduce the length of the course. If this occurs before a visa is granted, Box Hill Institute will indicate the course duration, as per the reduction resulting from RPL or Credit Transfer. If the exemptions are granted after a visa is granted the change in course duration will be reported via the Provider Registration and International Student Management system (PRISMS) under section 19 of the Education for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act.

Students are advised that they must continue to maintain their enrolment load at a level that will enable then to complete the course within the expected duration.


We offer both certificate and diploma courses in many subjects.

  • The cost for most certificate and diploma courses is AUD$ 12,200-17,800 per year.
  • The costs for degree and master courses are AUD$ 16,000-18,040 per year.
  • The costs for ELICOS courses are AUD$ 320 per week (Elgar Campus).


There are also material fees for each subject. The exact amount depends on the course and is calculated at the time of enrolment.

It can vary between AUD$200 and AUD$2,500 per year.

Materials fees for ELICOS are AUD$10 per week.


AUD$154 per calendar year (fee indexed annually). Please note that:

  • all fees are shown in Australian dollars
  • all fees quoted are the 2015 calendar year indicative fees correct at the time of this publication
  • fees may be subject to a small price increase in subsequent calendar years in line with annual Institute fee pricing reviews.


You will also have to pay for Overseas Student Health Cover. The Institute’s preferred current provider is Bupa Australia. Find out the cost per year.

It is a requirement of the Australian Government that student visa holders take out medical insurance (OSHC) for the duration of their studies. The amount will be shown on your letter of offer.


Your Letter of Offer will outline payment details.


Full details of the Institute’s refund policy are outlined in the International Student Refund Policy.

It is a condition of enrolment that student visa-holders maintain 80% class attendance and make satisfactory academic progress in ELICOS.

Satisfactory academic progress includes:

  • participating in all class activities
  • demonstrating developing English language and study skills
  • behaving appropriately when on campus.

If a student has been accepted into a Certificate or Diploma course subject to reaching a required level of English language proficiency and the student does not reach that level of proficiency, the student will be asked to continue ELICOS classes for a further period. If the student does not agree to further ELICOS study, he/she will not be accepted for entry to Certificate or Diploma level courses.