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International Students FAQ

What does it cost to live in Melbourne and is it safe?

The cost of living in Melbourne will vary depending on the type of accommodation you choose and the lifestyle you lead.  A guide to the sorts of expenses a student can expect, living in Victoria, can be found here.  Study in Australia also provides some indicative costs for accommodation and other living expenses. Further information is available from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection here.

If you have school-aged children (5 years and above) that you intend to bring to Australia, you will need to arrange for their education. Information on Australian schools is available from the Victorian Government here. All dependants of overseas students are required to pay fees to enrol in a standard government school. Information on fees at Victorian Government schools is available here. There are also some non-government schools with similar fees.

A table is included below of indicative costs that may assist with you planning.

Expense Per Person Amount

Living Expenses


$19,830 per year or an income of $60,000 AUD per year in the last financial year in your country

Dependent Partner

$ 6,940 per year or an income of $70,000 AUD per year in the last financial year in your country.

Each Dependent Child

$2,970 per year

Tuition fees


LCI Melbourne tuition fees

(if you have dependent children who need to go to school in Australia)

Your Child- Primary or secondary School

$8,000 per year school fees in Australia



For the length of your visa


Your dependent family member

For the length of your visa

You can find further information on living expenses by clicking here

Melbourne is consistently rated one of the world's most liveable cities by international organisations such as the Economist Intelligence Unit. It is a relatively safe and very friendly city.

Is LCI Melbourne recognised by the Government?

Yes. LCI Melbourne is an approved Higher Education Provider and is on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Our courses are nationally accredited by the Commonwealth Government's Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.

The Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act) and related legislation has been designed to protect the interests of students coming to Australia on student visas. The legislation aims to protect and enhance Australia’s reputation for quality education, to provide tuition protection and support the integrity of the student visa program. The ESOS Act sets out the legal framework governing delivery of education to overseas students studying in Australia on a student visa. The Australian Government, through the Department of Education and Training, administers the ESOS Act and its associated instruments. In addition, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection administers all student visas.

The Australian Government is committed to ensuring international students have a great education experience in Australia. A new fact sheet has been released for international students containing important information about their rights and responsibilities while studying in Australia. The fact sheet provides information on:

  • Choosing and enrolling in a course of study
  • Support services available in Australia
  • The rights and responsibilities of students on a student visa
  • Working in Australia
  • Making complaints and getting help.

Other useful information sites where international students can access information related to their tuition and rights include :

Do students who complete courses get credit from universities?

Yes. Because LCI Melbourne conducts nationally accredited courses that are included in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), students are eligible for credit at universities. All Australian tertiary institutions are required to recognise completed studies at other registered institutions for credit. The AQF is also used and recognised by reputable overseas institutions.

What support services does LCI Melbourne provide?

LCI Melbourne’s Admission team can be contacted at and will be happy to provide information on most issues affecting your experience as a student.

More information about LCI Melbourne's support services – including a list of emergency contact numbers – is available from our Support FAQ page.

A more detailed list of health services is available in the online Student Manual

What if I enrol at LCI Melbourne and then change my mind?

Currently international students are not permitted to defer their studies at LCI Melbourne before enrolment. However, students may cancel their enrolment at LCI Melbourne at any time. LCI Melbourne’s policy on withdrawals and refunds is available here.

There are government restrictions on international students transferring to another education provider during the first six months of their enrolment. More information is available at Part D, section 7.1 of the National Code.

LCI Melbourne’s own policy on transferring between providers is included in the Student Manual and available from the Administration Office on request. The National Code permits international students to take leave of absence only in compassionate and compelling circumstances. Information about these circumstances, and the evidence required to prove them, is available at Part D, section 13.2 of the National Code.

Can I enrol to study part-time?

No. The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection requires that all students on Student Visas must enrol in full-time studies. International students are permitted to study part-time only in exceptional circumstances, such as when a full-time study load is not available or permitted due to unit requirements.

A full list of student visa conditions is available here.

What are my obligations as a student?

Throughout your enrolment at LCI Melbourne you must:

  • Abide by all student visa conditions (see above), including maintaining satisfactory course progress and satisfactory attendance
  • Pay your course fees on time
  • Abide by LCI Melbourne’s Student Code of Conduct (published in the Student Manual and available from the Administration Office on request).

Failure to abide by these responsibilities may result in suspension or cancellation of your enrolment, with consequences for your student visa. (In this event students will be notified and given 20 working days to appeal the decision. No student's enrolment will be suspended or cancelled until the internal appeals process is completed, except in extenuating circumstances relating to the welfare of the student.)

Are there any extra fees or expenses for studying at LCI Melbourne?

LCI Melbourne tries to keep additional study expenses to a minimum.

However, you will be required to pay for your prescribed textbooks, some of your materials and printing costs. For more information see the 'Materials' section here.

You will also be liable for further administrative charges if you apply for RPL or Credit Transfer ($50 - $100), if you withdraw or change your enrolment (further information is available in our Policy on Tuition Fee Refunds - International Students section here.) and when you graduate ($100 - $150).

Students are encouraged to attend events such as agIdeas ($300 - $350) although this is not compulsory.

(Amounts noted are subject to change. Please contact the Administration Office for the most up-to-date details.)