Legislative requirements relating to international student enrolments
Published: Thursday 10th August 2017
There are a number of regulatory requirements that all staff should be aware of in dealing with international students under the ESOS Act 2000 and accompanying National Code.
International students on a Student Visa must comply with the following rules:
Course duration International students must complete their course within the minimum duration as specified on their Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) issued by the International Directorate. The Directorate issues CoEs for the minimum duration taking into account any significant credit granted for prior studies.
Extensions of duration may only be granted in the following cases:
Compassionate and compelling circumstances (which must be documented)
Where a documented intervention strategy has been implemented
Approval has been granted for a deferment or suspension of studies.
Study load International students must undertake at least one face-to-face subject in each compulsory session (at ACU this would be Semester One and Semester Two). Students still need to complete their studies within the minimum duration.
Online studies International students may take up to 25% of their total course load by online/distance education.
Attendance Universities are exempt from the requirement to keep attendance records for international students unless directed to do so by the Secretary of DIISRTE (this is not currently required of ACU). This exemption does not extend to vocational and ELICOS students.
Interruption to Study International students seeking an Interruption to Study (Leave of Absence) should be advised prior to withdrawing from subjects to discuss their decision with staff of ACU International. In most cases the student will be required to leave Australia for the duration of the leave and may need to reapply for a student visa to re-enter Australia after the period of leave has expired.
Staff with any concerns are welcome to contact ACU International directorate staff for advice.