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International Students

Every year more than two million students choose to study in Australia at private organisations like Cairnmillar. Our international reputation for excellence in the area of professional education and education are widely known.

In previous years, students from Turkey, Romania, England, Bhutan, Israel, India, Sri Lanka, Columbia, and Kenya, have taken the opportunity to extend their professional development and education at one of Australia’s oldest schools of psychotherapy. They join many other graduates who continue to tell us that our courses offered something that is practical and real, and has contributed to the development of their chosen path.

Our aim is for our international students to have a positive and personal learning experience that will enhance and contribute to their wide knowledge and understanding.
Please note: if you are applying for a psychology course, you will need to have your psychology degree assessed by the Australian Psychological Society and provide the supporting documentation with your application.

Academic and Professional Referee Reports will also be required.

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The Application Process

Please note: there is a non-refundable $150 application fee for international students.

  1. Select the program that you wish to study and ensure that you meet the minimum academic entry requirements. You will also need to check that you meet the International English Language Proficiency requirements for the selected course.
  2. Review the application FAQ
  3. Complete the online application form
  4. Attach the relevant documents with your application form
  5. Submit your application form with required documentation
  6. If you are eligible for the program, you will be contacted for an interview

Applications can only be submitted online.

International Student Tuition Fees

Information on tuition fees for international students can be found on our Higher Education Fees page.

Supporting Documentation

All applications must be accompanied by documentation of all qualifications completed by the applicant as well as proof of completion. Documentation of all qualifications completed must be attested or certified by the issuing body and certified by a Justice of the Peace or Notary Public, in the country of origin of the applicant. It is not possible to process applications without the certified supporting documentation.

Visa Application

Assessment Levels

The criteria by which you are assessed when applying for a particular visa class are dependent on the country of issue as shown on the student’s passport. The assessment levels related generally to how likely students are to comply with their visa conditions, based on previous students’ behaviour. To determine which assessment level you are depending on which country you are from and which course you are intending to apply for, please refer to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) form Student Visa Program – Assessment Levels at: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/assessment-levels.pdf

Basic Requirements

Whatever your course of study or country of citizenship, you will need to meet the following basic requirements:

  • Obtain overseas student health cover insurance (OSHC)
  • No debts to the Commonwealth
  • Good character
  • Evidence of sound health
  • Having sufficient funds
  • Evidence of English language ability (IELTS test results)

For further information with respect to the health requirements please refer to the DIAC form Health Requirements for Temporary Entry to Australia at: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/pdf/1163i.pdf


The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

International students, who do not otherwise meet the AHPRA English standards, are required to have a minimum score of 7.0 in each of the four components (listening, reading, writing and speaking) of the IELTS test, and a minimum overall band score of 7.


Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

It is a requirement of DIAC that you maintain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the entire period of your student visa. Please note: OSHC does not cover any pre-existing conditions (such as pregnancy or prior illness). Further information can be obtained from www.oshcworldcare.com.au.


Applying for a Visa

Detailed instructions for applying for a student visa can be found in the DIAC form Applying for a Student Visa at:


To apply for a student visa you should complete a visa application form at Student Visa Online Applications and submit to DIAC with all required documentation, the application fee, and a copy of your letter of offer or Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE). Note that when enrolling in a course with Cairnmillar, you should advise what qualifications you currently have as credit may be given for prior learning. This may affect the duration of any course you enrol in, and the visa issued by the immigration department.


The Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE)

The eCoE is the only accepted evidence of enrolment for processing student visa applications. Depending on your country of nationality and your principal course of study, you have to undergo a Pre-Visa Assessment (PVA) before you are issued with an eCoE. A copy of your eCoE must be submitted to your local DIAC office before a student visa can be issued.


Pre-Visa Assessment (PVA)

A Pre-Via Assessment determines a student’s eligibility for a student visa and is necessary if your country is at Assessment Level 3 or 4. This involves obtaining a letter of offer from Cairnmillar and submitting your visa application with all supporting documentation to your local DIAC office of assessment. If the assessment is favourable, you will be issued with a PBA approval letter to give to Cairnmillar authorising them to issue you with an eCoE. You will also be advised to pay the tuition fee and OSHC premium, and undergo medical tests. The student visa will be granted when the eCoE and all other requirements are satisfied.


Support for International Students

The Study Melbourne Student Centre (SMSC) is a ‘one stop shop’ where international students in Victoria can access a range of information about health matters, general wellbeing, legal services, accommodation, financial management and safety.

Their services are free and confidential and can be accessed in various languages through multilingual staff and use of interpreting services via their 24-hour free phone line (1800 056 449) or by visiting the office during business hours, Monday to Friday. For more information, please visit Study Melbourne Student Centre

International Students Refund Policy

A copy of Cairnmillar’s refund policy can be found by clicking here.

Education Agents

Cairnmillar does not have any formal arrangements with education agents in Australia or overseas. We do not pay commission for enrolments or applications, and as such are not an attractive option for most agents.


Younger Students

Cairnmillar does not enrol any international students who are under 18 years of age.