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Overview

Imagine the possibilities that await you once you’ve completed an Australian qualification that is nationally recognised! Australian qualifications are highly regarded around the world, and Dolph Business School's courses have been developed in consultation with the industry, ensuring you are equipped with the required skills and knowledge to excel in your chosen career!

At Dolph Business School, we offer a wide range of quality Australian qualifications for you to choose from. You can choose to study a course online from the comforts of your own home, or you can learn at our Melbourne campus located approximately 15-minutes from the city centre. Please note, we currently only offer 3 on-campus Diploma programs to our international students. The great news is that we offer a wider variety of accredited online courses for you to choose from!

Scroll down to explore and find out more about our courses and the options available to you! Alternatively, call us and speak to one of our Student & Administration Support team members today!

Come study in beautiful Melbourne, Australia! Come study at Dolph Business School! 

Enrolment Process 

 Pre-application

  • Choose a course that meets your future goals
  • Read our International Student Prospectus, and our International Student Handbook to ensure you know what you will be learning, what your rights are, what our policies are, and what your course fees cover
  • Read the ESOS Framework
  • Confirm that you meet the criteria for a Student Visa (subclass 500) and that you are able to provide the evidences required by the Australian Government's Department of Immigration and Border Patrol (DIBP)
  • Book and sit for your English Language (Academic) Proficiency Test – IELTS / TOEFL / PTE
  • Confirm that you meet all entry requirements for the course
  • Organise for your passport and academic qualifications (and any English translations, if applicable) to be certified as true copies
  • Investigate your Overseas Student Health Cover options and start narrowing down suitable options

Application

  • Complete and submit an enrolment form and your supporting documentation here
  • Remit the AUD$375 non-refundable enrolment fee
  • You will receive a request to complete a short Core Skills Indicator (CSI) test for us to ascertain your learning, literacy and numeracy skills - this gives us an idea of your learning abilities and if you require any additional support
  • Within 1-2 working days, we will process your enrolment form and contact you to conduct an enrolment interview to go through some important information and to get to know more about you
  • If you are accepted into the course, Dolph Business School will issue your Letter of Offer, the Acceptance of Offer form including the invoice for your Semester 1’s tuition fees
  • Organise and purchase your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • Complete and return the acceptance of offer form, and remit your Semester 1 fees to accept your spot in the course

Post-Acceptance

  • We will issue your Confirmation of Enrolment, once you return your Acceptance of Offer form fully completed (together with the OSHC documents) and have paid the fees for Semester 1
  • Gather all the information and documents for your Student Visa application
  • Apply for your Student Visa - you can do this online, in person at your closest Australian embassy, or through an authorised agent
  • If you are a citizen of certain countries, you may have to fulfil further requirements for your student visa which will be communicated to you by the licensed agent applying for the visa on your behalf, or by the Australian embassy or consulate staff processing your student visa application
  • Turnaround times for processing varies from country to country – it is best to consult with the Department of Immigration and Border Patrol staff to find out more
  • If your student visa is approved, you will now start to organise for accommodation and other arrangements to study and move to Australia
  • If your student visa is denied, you may be eligible for a refund of the fees you have paid – please refer to our Refunds policy in the International Student Handbook for further information
  • 1-week prior to your arrival in Australia, kindly provide us with your flight information so that we will be able to meet you at the airport
  • A Dolph Business School representative will take you to your place of accommodation

Student Visa

Studying in Australia is not only a great way to learn and acquire skills at a world-class standard, it is also a great way to experience the unique Aussie lifestyle - our beautiful, sandy beaches; our amazing outbacks; our internationally renowned cities; and our multicultural population!

To study in Australia, you will usually need to obtain an Australian Student Visa (subclass 500). If you would like to come to Australia for a visit and short-term study, you may be eligible for a visitor visa. Click here to find out more.

Prior to applying for your student visa, you must be able to prove to the Australian Government's Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) that you meet the following visa requirements:

  • Acceptance into an approved course at an approved college such as ours
  • Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement
  • Good character requirement
  • English proficiency requirement
  • Overseas Student Health Cover requirement

Additionally, citizens from certain countries are also expected to meet the following requirements:

  • Medical requirement
  • Financial requirement

When you have satisfied the above requirements, you can lodge for your student visa. You will need to complete an Australian Student Visa application form, pay the visa application fee (it is currently AUD$560), and you may be required to attend an interview.

Acceptance into an approved course

With limited exceptions, you must be accepted into an approved course for international students. Dolph Business School has 3 CRICOS approved courses:

Once you are accepted into an approved course, we will issue you with a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) document.

If you are applying from outside Australia, you must include your CoE document issued by Dolph Business School with your visa application. A letter of offer from your Dolph Business School will not be accepted.

The only time you will not have to provide a CoE when applying for an Australian Student Visa is if you are:

  • Sponsored by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Sponsored by the Australian Department of Defence
  • A secondary school exchange student
  • A post-graduate research student required to remain in Australia for the marking of your thesis

Genuine Temporary Entrant

Applicants should be able to show that their intentions in Australia are temporary and for the purpose of study. You must include a statement in your application that you intend to stay in Australia temporarily and/or documentation to support this claim. You can also include evidence such as your qualifications - a certified copy of your academic transcripts, certificates (such as your degree or diploma), or letter/statement from your overseas or Australian education institution.

Good Character

Applicants for an Australian Student Visa must be of good character to enter Australia. This may include a criminal record check to make sure you don't have a substantial criminal record. You may also need to acquire a penal clearance certificate (or police certificate) or get a police statement.

English proficiency

Some applicants may need to provide an up-to-date certificate of an English language test as part of their Student Visa Application. If you are from the US, Canada, New Zealand, UK or the Republic of Ireland, you are exempted from this language requirement.

Typically with a Diploma course, you are required to achieve a minimum score of 5.5 on an IELTS score (or its equivalent) and a minimum score of 6 (or its equivalent) for undergraduate courses.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

Australian Student Visa applicants must ensure they are covered under an OSHC during their stay in Australia as a student. This insurance policy is mandatory for all applicants who wish to study in Australia, unless they are from Belgium or Norway. Students from Sweden who have purchased health insurance through CSN International or Kammarkollegiet will not need to purchase the OSHC.

The cost of your cover will varyd epending on the provider and how long you purchase the cover for. You may be able to purchase this cover through a comparison site such as OSHCAustralia, or directly from one of the approved providers:

Medical

Some applicants may be asked to take a medical and/or a radiological check-up to show they are in good health. If you are requested to do so, you must attend an appointment with a doctor who has been approved by the Australian Government's DIBP.

Financial evidence

The Australian Government's DIBP may require that an applicant prove they have sufficient funds to cover tuition fees, travel expenses and living costs for the intended period of stay. These requirements vary depending on which country you are a citizen of.

In most cases, the amount to be considered as enough funds will depend on the length of the course and its tuition fees. For example, the financial capacity of a student who is undertaking a 12-month Diploma course will be different to a student who is pursuing a 4-year Bachelor course.

You may be required to provide:

  • Proof that shows sufficient funds to cover your travel costs and 12-months of living and tuition fees for you and your accompanying family members and school costs for any school aged dependents; or
  • Evidence that your spouse or parents are willing to support you and they have an annual income of at least AUD$60,000 for single students or at least AUD$70,000 for students that are accompanied by family members

The amount estimated by the DIBP for 12-months is:

  • Student/guardian AUD$19,830
  • Partner/spouse AUD$6,940
  • Child AUD$2,970

 

 

How long does the visa application process take?

Processing times may vary depending on the stream the student is applying for and the surrounding circumstances including:

  • Whether you have lodged a complete application (including all of the necessary supporting documents)
  • How promptly you respond to any requests for additional information
  • How long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • How long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies

The important thing to note is that when you do arrive in Australia on a student visa, you must inform your education provider of your new Australian address, and also inform them within 7-days if you were to change addresses.

For up-to-date information, refer to the DIBP website here.

Please note, this information is current at the time of publishing and may change from time to time. Ensure you refer to the DIBP website for up-to-date information.

Accommodation

One of the first decisions you will need to make after enrolling is to decide what type of place you want to live in, and where. Melbourne offers a wide variety of accommodation options to suit your needs. You can choose to rent your own apartment, townhouse or house; you can even share a flat or house with other people; or you can even rent a space within a special-purposed student accommodation facility!

Special student rate

Dolph Business School has negotiated a special rate for our students - you will be eligible for a 5% discount off BellCity's student accommodation rates! 

BellCity is located approximately 4km from our campus in Reservoir, Melbourne. You can hop on a bus or a train within walking distance from BellCitry straight to the front of our Reservoir campus. BellCity also offers a free shuttle service on weekdays - subject to availability. With BellCity’s Student Accommodation facility, you can choose between a single bed studio apartment or a double bed studio apartment. A single bed studio apartment starts from $280 per week and a double bed studio apartment starts from $350 per week (prices are not inclusive of the discount). Click here to find out more.

Your rent includes:

  • a private room with single or double bed (depending on your choice)
  • flat screen TV
  • bar fridge
  • microwave oven
  • air-conditioning / heating unit
  • telephone and internet access
  • work desk and chair
  • built-in wardrobe
  • ensuite bathroom
  • weekly room clean
  • bed linen
  • all electricity and water bills
  • free shuttle bus services on weekdays – subject to availability
  • access to BellCity’s hotel facilities such as:
    • laundry and dry cleaning services
    • swimming pool
    • gym and sauna
    • games room
    • restaurants and bars
    • BBQ area
    • secure undercover parking

What is the difference between a Student Accommodation facility, a private apartment, a townhouse and a house?

We have compared properties within 5km of our Reservoir campus (which were mostly found on realestate.com.au‘s website) for you!

Student accommodation 

Cost: Between $280 – $415 per week

Included:

  • Private room with single or double bed
  • Furniture
  • Air-conditioning and heating unit
  • Telephone and internet access
  • Electricity and water bills
  • Cleaning
  • Swimming pool and gym access

Advantages:

  • Electricity and water bills included
  • Short-term and long-term leases available
  • Various amenities and services generally unavailable with private properties
  • Live amongst other students also usually from overseas

Disadvantages:

  • You may not get the opportunity to experience what it is like to live amongst the local population

Private apartment

Cost: Between $200 – $340 per week (prices based on 1-bedroom apartments)

Included:

  • Private room
  • Car spot (garage / building parking)

Advantages:

  • Able to choose the type of apartment and location
  • May be able to find a larger apartment to share with friends
  • Really experience what it is like to live amongst the local population

Disadvantages:

  • You will have to factor in additional costs for furnishing the apartment, as well as bills such as electricity and water bills
  • The bond for international students is usually higher – this will depend on the owner of the property and may vary on the amount they choose to charge
  • International students may have a hard time finding suitable apartments due to lack of references

Townhouse

Cost: Between $380 – $625 per week (prices based on 3-bedroom townhouses)

Included:

  • Private room
  • Car spots (garage / car port)

Advantages:

  • Able to choose the type of townhouse and location
  • May be able to find a larger townhouse to share with friends
  • Really experience what it is like to live amongst the local population

Disadvantages:

  • You will have to factor in additional costs for furnishing the townhouse, as well as bills such as electricity and water bills
  • The bond for international students is usually higher – this will depend on the owner of the property and may vary on the amount they choose to charge
  • International students may have a hard time finding suitable apartments due to lack of references

House

Cost: Between $300 – $750 per week (prices based on 3-bedroom houses)

Included:

  • Private room
  • Car spots (garage / car port)
  • Backyard

Advantages:

  • Able to choose the type of house and location
  • May be able to find a larger house to share with friends
  • Have a backyard for exercise and fresh air, or even barbecues and get-togethers
  • Really experience what it is like to live amongst the local population

Disadvantages:

  • You will have to factor in additional costs for furnishing the house, as well as bills such as electricity and water bills
  • The bond for international students is usually higher – this will depend on the owner of the property and may vary on the amount they choose to charge
  • International students may have a hard time finding suitable apartments due to lack of references

Please note that what is included in the rent may vary from one property to another, the above is an overview of what is generally included. Please confirm with your landlords or providers as to what is specifically included in your agreement.

What we suggest

Moving hundreds and thousands of kilometres away from home to study in a foreign land can be pretty daunting. Especially if it is your first time.

After speaking to many real estate agents and international students, here is our advice, prior to leaving your home country, organise your temporary accommodation such as flexible student accommodation facility, as far in advance as possible. By doing this, you might be able to secure a better rate and certainty that there is a place for you to live in Australia when you arrive.

Once you are in Australia, you can start exploring and find out which suburbs you might like to live in, what types of homes best suit you and your financial needs, and what amenities you need nearby.

Dolph Business School has special rates for our students with student accommodation facilities – contact us to find out more.

What is included in my rent?

With BellCity’s Student Accommodation facility, you can choose between a single bed studio apartment or a double bed studio apartment. A single bed studio apartment starts from $280 per week (not including your special Dolph Business School student discount) and a double bed studio apartment starts from $350 per week.

Your rent includes:

  • a private room with single or double bed (depending on your choice)
  • flat screen TV
  • bar fridge
  • microwave oven
  • air-conditioning / heating unit
  • telephone and internet access
  • work desk and chair
  • built-in wardrobe
  • ensuite bathroom
  • fortnightly room clean
  • bed linen
  • all electricity and water bills
  • free shuttle bus services on weekdays – subject to availability
  • access to BellCity’s hotel facilities such as:
    • laundry and dry cleaning services
    • swimming pool
    • gym and sauna
    • games room
    • restaurants and bars
    • BBQ area
    • secure undercover parking

How long is my lease for?

With a flexible student accommodation facility, you may choose to stay for 1-month, 2-months, or even for the entire duration of your studies! The longer you choose to stay with them, the cheaper the rate will be for you.

We usually recommend for students not to commit to a long lease until they have arrived in Australia, explored a little to find out what type of accommodation best suits them and which suburb they would like to live in. Once they are familiar with their surroundings, then we advise for them to make their decision.Where else can I find information about available properties for rent in Australia?

You can head to the following websites to get an idea of what properties are available, how much they cost, where they are located, how far they are to supermarkets and train stations:

www.realestate.com.au

www.domain.com.au

www.flatmates.com.au

www.sharehouses.com.au

If you are a student with Dolph Business School and need help with finding suitable accommodation nearby the campus once you are in Australia, you can contact the Residential Leasing Managers from Barry Plant Preston who will be more than happy to assist you with your accommodation needs in Australia.

What are my rights as a tenant?

Please note that your responsibilities and obligations vary if you were to live in a Student Accommodation facility and if you were to rent out a private property. It is best to check out Consumer Affairs Victoria’s website which gives you plenty of information on your rights when it comes to your tenancy: www.consumer.vic.gov.au/housing/renting/

Be sure to read your rental agreement or student accommodation agreement thoroughly and ask questions to the rental manager or the student accommodation manager before signing the agreement. Once it is signed, you are legally bound by the terms and conditions of the agreement.

If you are unsure about anything, it pays to seek clarification before diving in and committing yourself!

Good luck in your accommodation search and don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions or need some guidance!

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