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Melbourne Polytechnic [Australia]

Melbourne Polytechnic received its current name only recently, in October 2014. It was formerly known as the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE (NMIT). The institute was founded more than a hundred years ago as Collingwood Technical School where back in 1912 57 boys began to learn plumbing and bricklaying. The first girl in the history of Melbourne Polytechnic University joined the institute only in 1956.Today Melbourne Polytechnic is one of the largest providers of vocational and higher education programmes in Australia offering a wide selection of study options and delivering over 500 courses.

Accreditations, ranking and awards

In 2014, in recognition for outstanding achievement in delivering high quality international education programmes, Melbourne Polytechnic received a prestigious award for Excellence in International Education-TAFE from the Victorian Government.


The Institute has 9 campuses – the original Preston and Collingwood Campuses and the newer campuses of Fairfield, Heidelberg, Epping, Prahran, Eden Park, Yan Yean and Ararat. The Ararat Training Centre is dedicated exclusively to viticulture and winemaking courses. The campus is located in the heart of the Australian wine growing region and owns 30 hectares of fertile land and a private winery.

As the largest provider of primary industry training, Melbourne Polytechnic offers a diverse range of courses across its rural campuses:  Eden Park specialises in equine studies and viticulture; Yang Yean – cattle and sheep production, aquaculture and medicinal herbs; Yarra Glen – winemaking; Kyneton Park – gardening.

There are also offices in China (including Hong Kong) and Korea.

Student numbers

There were 50,203 students studying at Melbourne Polytechnic in 2014. Over 6,000 of those attended overseas partner institutions.

Popular programmes

Building and Construction
Community Health and Wellbeing
Vocational Pathways
Foundation Studies
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
Business and Hospitality
Primary Industries

Melbourne Polytechnic offers more than 500 different courses, ranging from certificates and short courses to bachelor degrees. The majority of courses require 1 to 2 years of study. The highest level of education is a Bachelor degree or an Associate Degree.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees depend on the chosen course. Generally speaking, Melbourne Polytechnic is not a very expensive institution. The average cost of one year of study for international students (excluding the cost of textbooks, materials and other overhead costs) is around AUD13,500. The most expensive programmes are Music and Equine Studies with tuition fees over AUD17,000 a year. The cheaper programme in IT field would cost you AUD11,900 a year.

Admission requirements

International students must be at least 18 years old and have successfully completed the equivalent of Australian Year 12 education. In order to enter short-term (up to and including one year) courses it is sufficient to show evidence of IELTS 5.5. For higher level courses you will need the IELTS score of 6.0. Students who do not meet the English language criteria can be offered ELICOS study as a pathway to the main course of study.

Accommodation options

Melbourne Polytechnic has its own hostel at the Fairfield campus designed to accommodate 149 students. International students who enrol in at least two months of study, as a rule, chose homestay accommodation. Accommodation costs are around AUD250-300 per week.

Interesting facts

“Rule your world!” is the motto at Melbourne Polytechnic.

Different fields of study at Melbourne Polytechnic are represented by colours, for example, Agriculture is green, Business is ultramarine, Building is cherry and Engineering is Parma violet.


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