Yoshihiro Nakamura



"Holmesglen gave me the opportunity to learn about the real Australian work environment, but also I enjoyed studying in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere."

Erica Hsieh


"Melbourne is a fantastic place to live in. The people are all friendly and caring, and the multicultural aspect makes it a very diverse place to live and study in. I feel that every day in Melbourne is different, and some of my new friends that I’ve met here are truly fantastic."

Gail kampengele



"I would recommend anyone thinking of studying abroad to think of Australia and Holmesglen. Let’s face it, who doesn’t want Christmas in the sun!"

Renato Chagas Prieto



"I really enjoyed my time at Holmesglen. Firstly, because of the people I met, from all over the world and between some of us we developed a truthful lasting friendship."

Efrain Froilan Carasas Castillo



"The lecturers at Holmesglen are wonderful. They are friendly, approachable, supportive and willing to help. It’s such a great experience to be taught by people who are at the forefront of their filed."

Studying at Holmesglen

Studying in Australia may be different to what you are used to. There may be a lot of reading and research to do after classes. Students are encouraged to participate in class. Do not wait for your teacher to come up with all the ideas - put forward your own ideas and ask questions. The relationship between students and staff is usually informal and relaxed. You may use your teacher’s first name.

Your teachers can help you with any study problems you may have. Remember to seek help as soon as possible. Do not wait too long before asking for help or you will fall behind with your studies. If you have a question about the course content, see the teacher first. If you have other difficulties, staff in the International Centre or in Student Services are available to help. 

For students who need help with preparing their assignments, or developing research and study skills, the Academic Skills Unit (ASU) can assist. Remember you will not be the first student to have a problem.

Orientation Week

As many students find life in Australia quite different from life in their home country, orientation activities are provided to help students become familiar with Australian culture and customs and to introduce students to the Institute and its services. 

Your first week at Holmesglen will be spent getting to know all about the Institute, its facilities, meeting coordinators and teachers, asking questions about your course and learning a little about Australia, how to settle in quickly and enjoy your time here. It is important to attend the Orientation program as the information provided in this one short week is quite extensive.

All students will be provided with an orientation information pack. This information pack details many aspects of living and studying in Melbourne and introduces students to life in Australia

Sessions throughout this week will include:

  • Enrolment
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • ID cards
  • Student Services 
  • Safety & Security
  • Department of Immigration (DIAC) issues and student responsibilities
  • Tax File Number (TFN)
  • Opening a bank account
  • Full course information from coordinator and teachers
  • RPL and credit transfer application
  • Students under Welfare Arrangements
  • General Melbourne information
  • Accommodation options
  • Transport
  • Holmesglen tour of campus and facilities
  • National Code 2007

Students who fail to attend the Orientation week will not be permitted to apply for RPL or credit transfer.

Late arrivals may be given up to one week to commence. After a week, no guarantee of placement into the chosen course is offered. If you arrive after the agreed date, you may be placed into an English program until the next commencement date for the course.

The Orientation program is to assist you to gather more information about the course that you are about to enrol into. Once you have completed your enrolment form at orientation, it may not be possible to seek a change into another course. Change of course may not be permitted unless there are exceptional circumstances. 

Orientation offers the chance to ask lots of questions and meet other new students.

The Academic Year at TAFE

At Australian TAFEs and Universities, the academic year runs from February to late November. Most institutions have 2 semesters (4 terms) with breaks in between each. Class term dates vary slightly from year to year.

Semester 1:

Term 1:  early February - end March
Term 2:  mid April – end June

Semester 2:

Term 3:  mid July - mid September
Term 4:  early October – mid December

Mainstream intakes at Holmesglen occur in February, July and October. Students commencing in the October mainstream intake will be studying throughout the summer period until the end of January.  Holmesglen has a number of intakes for ELICOS (English Language) students throughout the year. If you are planning a trip back home for the holidays, make sure that you book your ticket to depart after the course is over and not before. You should also return to Holmesglen before the new term commences.

Academic Skills Unit (ASU)

Studying Diploma or Degree programs, in a second language, can sometimes be quite difficult. Holmesglen provides you with a free academic skills support service offered as part of your studies, both in class format and on a one-to-one basis. 

Students who participate in these classes are able to gain extra units on their statement of results. Look on your timetable to see if you have a class scheduled for your course. Use the services of ASU to your best advantage. The teachers are there to assist you. 

ASU provided assistance with the following areas:
  • Tertiary expectations 
  • Assignment formatting and structuring 
  • Essay writing 
  • Report writing 
  • Research skills 
  • Note taking 
  • Summarising skills 
  • Academic referencing 
  • Study skills 
  • Time management 
  • Presentation skills 

ASU staff are located at Chadstone, Waverley and Moorabbin Campuses.

English Language Requirements

Entry into courses will be based on English language results obtained in Year 12/Matriculation, O-level or A-level examinations or in language proficiency tests such as IELTS, TOEFL, ISLPR, Pearson or Cambridge.

If English language tuition is required, the duration of the tuition will be decided by the results obtained in the Holmesglen Language Placement Test.

Spiritual Support

Australia is a multicultural society with many different religions. Everyone is entitled to practise his or her own religion and religious tolerance is high. Prayer rooms for students are available at Chadstone, Moorabbin and Waverley campuses.

Privacy and Confidentiality

Under the privacy laws of Australia, information about a student cannot be given to just anyone. Communication received from parents, relatives, overseas banks or agents, or siblings of a student cannot always be answered. 

We suggest that families liaise directly with the student to request progress reports, or results, or information about their location. Holmesglen is obliged by law to respond to requests for information from government bodies, such as the police, or the Department of Immigration, and Citizenship (DIAC)

Click on the link below to view Holmesglen’s Privacy Policy: www.holmesglen.edu.au/privacy_policy

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