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International applicants

International applicants

Your step-by-step application guide

To become an ICMS student, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Choose your course

Find out which of our ICMS degrees and diplomas are the right fit for you. Consider your interests, career goals, and the level of qualification you wish to attain.

Step 2: Check the entry requirements

All ICMS degrees have academic and English language entry requirements. Review our list of entry requirements. If you find you don’t meet the entry requirements, there are other study opportunities through Aspire Institute which provides pathways for you to become an ICMS student.

Step 3: Submit an application

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to allow plenty of time to organise your Australian Student Visa to study at ICMS. You may complete and submit the online application form directly to ICMS. Alternatively, you can apply through an education agent. Make sure you complete your application carefully as incomplete applications will result in delays in processing.

When to Apply

For undergraduate and postgraduate courses, ICMS has three main trimesters per year (February, May and September) and ‘Mid-trimester’ intakes which may be offered as they are subject to demand (March, July, October). You can start your qualification in any of these trimesters. Applications should be made at least three months prior to the preferred enrolment date. Late applications are accepted, however places at the college are limited.

Applicants will not be allowed to arrive and start their course any later than Wednesday of the second week class (or Monday of the second week for some courses) as determined by the Registrar.

Step 4: Supporting documentation

All applicants require supporting documents to be submitted.

Supporting documentation may include:

  • Academic transcripts and testamurs/completion certificates;
  • Proof of English language proficiency;
  • Copy of passport or birth certificate;
  • official translations for documents not issued in English. Translators in Australia must be certified by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI);
  • additional documents required for Advanced Standing application;
  • Other documents as requested by the Institution.

* All documents submitted must be certified

Step 5: Application outcome

Once ICMS receives and processes your application you will receive an outcome within two working days. That outcome may be one of the following;

  • Letter of Offer;
  • Conditional Letter of Offer detailing the conditions that are required to be met before a full offer can be issued;
  • Further documentation required before decision can be made; or
  • Rejection of application.

Step 6: Accept your offer.

This institute participates in the Streamlined Visa Processing (SVP) program established by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). All international students are required to satisfy the Australian Government’s Genuine Student (GS) requirements.

A Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) will only be issued upon meeting the following:

  • Satisfying conditions of entry;
  • Signed and dated Acceptance of Offer and Written Agreement;
  • Satisfy the Genuine Student (GS) criteria;
  • Completed CoE Request Form; and
  • Applicable deposit fees paid.

You may also be required to attend an interview with an ICMS country representative.

Step 7: Apply for your visa

All International students require a student visa to come to Australia to study. For information on how to apply for your visa visit the Department of Home Affairs.

Step 8: Get your Unique Student Identifier (USI)

A Unique Student Identifier (USI) is a number issued to students by the Australian government. The USI is required to obtain your qualification. It’s free and easy to create your USI and once created, you have it for life. Create your USI 

Step 9: Book your accommodation

ICMS can offer students the choice of a variety of on and off campus accomodation options. View accommodation options.

Step 10: Onboarding and Orientation

Prior to the commencement of your studies you will receive by email*:
  • Your student number, username and campus email
  • A login link to access your Course Management System
  • Your Timetable
  • Student Declaration
  • Student Card
  • Parking Pass
  • Orientation information within invitations to parties and information sessions
*If you do not receive this information prior to commencement of your studies, please check your junk inbox first and no emails have been received please contact [email protected] to check your email address in our system or to confirm the status of your enrolment.


Advanced standing / recognition of prior learning (rpl) / credit transfer

Have you passed equivalent subjects elsewhere?

Also referred to as ‘recognition of prior learning (RPL) or ‘credit transfers’, advanced standing means that applicants who can demonstrate successful completion of equivalent subjects at a recognised institution may be eligible for credit towards study at ICMS. Exemptions are only granted for subjects studied at diploma or undergraduate level. Similarly, applicants who can demonstrate competence attained through formal training, work experience and/or life experience may also be eligible for advanced standing in an ICMS course.

Don’t have the educational qualifications sufficient for an offer of admission into your chosen course, but have other relevant work and life skills and experience that make you a suitable candidate?

ICMS encourages lifelong learning and provides the opportunity to have students’ previous learning recognised for advanced standing in their course of study. The Institution is committed to ensuring fair, transparent and flexible advanced standing arrangements in order to award credit for prior learning while maintaining its commitment to ensure the integrity of learning outcomes. ICMS recognises the following forms of prior learning:

  • Formal learning is learning undertaken through a structured program of learning and assessment that leads to the full or partial attainment of a recognised Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualification.
  • Informal learning is learning gained through work-related, social, family, hobby or leisure activities and experiences. Unlike ‘formal’ and ‘non-formal’ learning, ‘informal learning’ is not organised or externally structured in terms of objectives, time or learning support.
  • Non-formal learning is learning that is undertaken through a structured program of learning but does not lead to a formally recognised qualification.

View the Advanced Standing Policy

Apply for Credit here

Contact [email protected] for further information.