All international students must meet the following entry requirements:

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English entry requirements

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Academic entry requirements

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Genuine Student (GS)

Visa requirement

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English test requirements

English Language Requirements

For IELTS 4.5 or Below

There is no package available. Students in this category must first enroll in an ELICOS course.

For IELTS 5.0 or 5.5

For IELTS 5.0: Students can enrol for a maximum of 20 weeks in an ELICOS course
For IELTS 5.5: Students can now enroll for a maximum of 10 weeks in an ELICOS course

Direct entry students

Direct entry students are required to submit IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (dating within 24 months of application) when they submit applications to Empyrean.

ELICOS pathway

ELICOS pathway students are required to have IELTS 5.0 or equivalent to apply for a conditional offer letter and eCoEs to Empyrean’s vocational courses.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

Name of ELICOS provider
Minimum English Completion Level
Level 6
Upper Intermediate
Lexis English
Upper Intermediate
Ilsc language schools
Upper intermediate
Upper intermediate
Language links
Upper intermediate
English language test name
Entry level for Empyrean Education Institute
IELTS (Academic) overall with no individual band less than
Overall 6.0 No individual band less than 5.0
IELTS (General)
Overall 6.0 No individual band less than 5.0
Cambridge English Advanced
CPE / Advanced CAE Minimum score 169
Pearson PTE Academic
Duolingo English Test
Minimum 110 overall

Partner ELICOS colleges

Note: Citizens who are born in the following countries are exempted from proof of English Proficiency. They still need to meet the academic entrance requirements: United Kingdom, Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America, New Zealand, Canada

International students may be able to enrol in a combined English language program through partner ELICOS colleges associated with Empyrean Education Institute. For additional details on Partner ELICOS Providers located in Perth, please follow this link

Academic entry requirements

Country: Qualification
Australia: Year 11 Completion
Argentina: Bachillerato / Técnico de Nivel Medio / Bachillerato Especializado
Bangladesh: Higher Secondary Certificate (min. GPA 3.5 or 60% in HSC 1st Division) OR GCE A-Levels (2 subjects)
Bhutan: Bhutan Higher Secondary School Certificate (Standard XII) OR Middle Secondary School Certificate + 2yr relevant vocational diploma
Brazil: Completion of 3° Colegial (2° Grau) / High School Graduation / Pass Vestibular Examination
Brunei: GCE A Levels
Chile: Educación Media (Year 12 equivalent) / Licencia de Educación Media Técnico-Profesional o Técnico
China: Senior Secondary Certificate (Senior Middle School Year 3 - Gao San with min. 60% average)
Colombia: Bachillerato + Curso Técnico OR 1yr Diploma OR Higher Qualification
Czech Republic: High School Certificate (Maturita)
Fiji: Form 7 Completion
Finland: Year 12 Completion (Ylioppilastutkinto)
France: High School Completion (Baccalauréat)
Germany: High School Completion (Gymnasium)
Hong Kong: Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
India: 10 + 2 State Education Boards (min. 65% overall)
Indonesia: Senior High School (Indonesia)
Japan: Upper Secondary School Diploma
Kenya: Secondary School Leaving Certificate (Kenya)
Korea: High School Leaving Certificate
Malaysia: Senior High School (Malaysia)
Mauritius: GCE A-Levels
Myanmar: Vocational Diploma (Myanmar)
Nepal: Secondary School Diploma
New Zealand: Secondary School Diploma (New Zealand)
Pakistan: Secondary School Diploma (Pakistan)
Peru: Technical Diploma (Peru)
Philippines: University Studies (Philippines) / Community College (Philippines)
Poland: Secondary School Diploma (Poland)
Singapore: GCE A-Levels
South Africa: Secondary School Diploma (South Africa)
Sri Lanka: GCE A-Levels
Sweden: Secondary School Diploma (Sweden)
Taiwan: Senior High School Diploma / Vocational Diploma
Thailand: Secondary School Diploma (Thailand)
UK: GCE A-Levels
Venezuela: Secondary School Diploma (Venezuela)

Genuine Student

Genuine Student Requirement for Student Visas

The Australian Government has replaced the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement for student visas with a Genuine Student (GS) requirement. This is effective for applications lodged on and after March 23, 2024.

For more information please visit the following link.

Important Note:** This requirement does NOT apply to applications lodged before March 23, 2024. Those applications will still be assessed against the GTE requirement.

Genuine Student Criteria

All applicants for a student visa must be a genuine applicant for entry. They must intend to stay as a student and demonstrate that studying in Australia is the primary reason for their visa application. The GS requirement aims to attract students who, after studying, can develop skills needed in Australia and potentially apply for permanent residence.

Demonstrating You Are a Genuine Student

To be granted a student visa, all applicants must demonstrate they meet the genuine student criterion or the genuine student dependent criterion. The online student visa application form will ask you the following questions to address the GS criteria:

  • Details of your current circumstances, including ties to family, community, employment, and financial situation.
  • Why you wish to study this specific course in Australia with this particular education provider. This should also explain your understanding of the course requirements, studying, and living in Australia.
  • How completing the course will benefit you.
  • Any other relevant information you would like to include (maximum 150 words per question and written in English).

There is an additional question for applicants who have previously held a student visa or are applying from a non-student visa within Australia.

Supporting Your Application

Along with the application form responses, you must attach supporting documents to your ImmiAccount. Generic statements without evidence will not be given much weight. Providing evidence to support your claims is crucial.

Overall Assessment

The department considers your overall personal circumstances when assessing whether you are a genuine student.


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