INTERNATIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
TOP’S ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
The medium of instruction is English. All students are required to demonstrate a minimum level of proficiency in English language to qualify for admission. The students from Australian local institutes must complete the NSW Higher School Certificate or equivalent. For students enrolling from non- English speaking countries directly, the condition of admission is the IELTS (Academic) test with a minimum score of 6.0 with no sub band scores less than 5.5.or its equivalent.
Students with IELTS (Academic) 5.0 may enroll after successful completion of the English for Academic Purposes; EAP 2 program or its equivalent; authorized and approved by NEAS and the Institute. Successful completion of the EAP program requires a pass mark in all assessment tasks. When an IELTS score is used to demonstrate English proficiency, that score must have been attained within two years of the date of application for admission.
Admission to TOP involves a number of steps as set out below. These steps may assist applicants through the various stages of the admission process. If applicants have any questions at any stage during the process they should contact the Administration Office for assistance
All international students applying to study must complete the Student Application Form and submit it to the Administration Office for assessment. Applicants who wish to apply through one of TOP Education Group’s authorized agents can access the following website to locate the nearest agent: www.top.edu.au.
Applicants should ensure that they attach certified copies of transcripts of all relevant previous studies and evidence of English language score of at least 6.0 with no sub-band score less than 5.5. If documents are in a language other than English, an officially certified English translation of each document must be provided together with certified copies of original documents.Upon successful assessment, Top Education will issue a conditional or unconditional offer of admission, together with all other information relevant to an applicant accepting their offer. The Administration Office will advise students if their application is unsuccessful. Applicants need to sign the Offer Acceptance Form and return it to the Administration Office with the required payment and any other documentation requested.
When the Administration Office receives the completed Offer Acceptance Form and the required tuition fees, it will process payment and issue the Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) - the form used to apply for a Student Visa from an Australian Embassy, High Commission or the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) as appropriate. Students must obtain a Student Visa before they come to study full time in Australia. Information on obtaining a Student Visa is available online at http://www.immi.gov.au
Upon being granted their Student Visa, students intending to study should make travel arrangements including applying for accommodation if needed. Students should advise Top Education admissions staff at:
of their travel arrangements and request airport reception. Current charges for airport pick up are $100. Students should attend the Student Orientation and Enrolment after which they will commence their formal course at Top Education Institute.
Annual Course Fees only cover the cost of tuition. They do not include other expenses associated with study such as books and equipment, accommodation and living expenses. For students successful in gaining admissions to study the Offer of Admission will list the exact tuition fees a student should pay. The Offer of Admission will also list other fees payable including compulsory Overseas Student Health Cover. TOP has a fixed fee policy for on campus students. This means that students will be charged the same rate of tuition fees payable in the year of their initial enrolment for the normal duration of their course. However, other changes such as Overseas Student Health Cover and accommodation fees may vary annually.
OVERSEAS STUDENT HEALTH COVER
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is the private health insurance international students and their dependents are required to purchase as a condition of their Student Visa. TOP currently has an agreement with Medibank Private, a private health fund, to facilitate the provision of OSHC for international students. Students should note that it is a condition of their Student Visa to maintain current OSHC for the duration of their visa. Medibank Private Overseas Student Health Cover pays the cost of most medical and hospital treatments that may be required while studying in Australia and will contribute to the cost of prescription medicines and emergency ambulance transport. Further information about the scheme is located at http://www.medibank.com.au
Students receive permission to work with their visa grant. They are not permitted to work until they have started their course. Students can work up to 20 hours a week while their course is in session (excluding any work undertaken as a registered component of study or training) and they can work unlimited hours during scheduled course breaks.
Family members of students are not allowed to work until the student begins the course. They are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week at all times. Family members of students who have started a masters or doctorate course may work unlimited hours. See: http://www.immi.gov.au/students/student-information.htm for more details. Students should contact the Department if Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) in Australia for the latest requirements as these requirements vary.
Applicants wishing to apply for Advanced Standing for their previous studies should complete the relevant section of the International Student Admission Application Form, as well as an Application for Credit (Advanced Standing) found online at http://www.top.edu.au Students need to complete this form and provide the necessary documentation (i.e. descriptions of subjects previously studied) and return it along with the International Student Application form to TOP Education admissions. The university’s policy on Advanced Standing is located at the following web address: http://www.top.edu.au Students receiving Advanced Standing are still required to maintain a standard full time load of 24 credit points per semester.
REFUND of TUITION FEES POLICY
The TOP Education’s refund of tuition fees policy is based upon and is in accordance with the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students (the National Code 2007), the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act 2000) and Education Services for Overseas Student Regulations 2001 (ESOS Regulations 2001). This policy applies to all international students regardless of the person actually paying the fees. This policy is located at: http://www.top.edu.au
International students who are intending to study on-campus in Australia should be aware that Australia’s laws promote quality education and consumer protection. These laws are known as the ESOS framework and they include the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 and the National Code 2007. For further information about the ESOS framework, students should refer to the following Australian Government website: http://aei.dest.gov.au/AEI/ESOS/quickInfo/ESOS_frameWork_pdf
OBTAINING A STUDENT VISA
International students intending to study full time at TOP Education will need to obtain a Student Visa. The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) website, http://www.immi.gov.au has comprehensive information on applying for a Student Visa to study in Australia, including application forms. Please note that Student Visas granted to international students for their study in Australia have conditions attached. These are outlined in detail on the DIAC website and students’ obligations are also outlined in the International Offer Guide issued with the Offer of Admission. Students should regularly check the DIAC website for updated information and changes to legislation and processing arrangements affecting their intention to study in Australia on a Student Visa.
MODES OF STUDY AND ASSESSMENT METHOD
Courses at TOP incorporate a number of different teaching and learning approaches with students depending on the nature of their program.
Lectures are the traditional method of higher education teaching and are used to give information to a large number of students. Lectures are held in lecture theatres. The majority of lecture theatres are equipped with modern teaching facilities including video and data projection equipment, microphone and overhead projects and viewing screens.
Tutorial and Seminars
These are small groups that allow students to discuss work in more depth, led by a tutor. These sessions are designed to give students the opportunity to ask questions and develop ideas and students are expected to actively participate in the discussions.
Methods of assessment vary for each unit but they can include written assessments and essays, presentations, group work, practical work and examinations. These methods are outlined in the Unit Guide for each unit issued to students when they enroll.
STUDENTS UNDER 18 YEARS
International students under the age of 18 are ineligible for admission to TOP unless they are being cared for in Australia by a parent or suitable nominated relative.
COURSE COMPLETION EXPECTATIONS
International students enrolled in TOP are expected to complete their awards within the normal duration of the course as specified in their offer letter and candidature rules. TOP may allow students to undertake no more than 25 percent of their total course by distance and/or online learning. However students may not enroll exclusively in distance or online learning units in any compulsory study period.
There are defined compassionate and compelling circumstances that TOP may consider in the event that an international student is unable to complete their course within the expected duration, are unable to meet attendance requirements, or wish to defer, suspend or cancel their enrolment. Please contact TOP staff for further information