The Whitehouse Difference

Entry Requirements for International Students

International students are subject to the same academic requirements as domestic students. They must also have achieved an English academic standard of IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0 (TOEFL 79-93 or equivalent also accepted). International students must also be aged 18 or above at the time of classes commencing.

Applications for International Students

All applicants are to complete an International Student Application, provide proof of academic results, present a portfolio of creative works and motivational statement (Bachelor of Design) or project proposal (Master of Design) and other supporting documentation (depending on applicant category). Applicants residing overseas may be interviewed via Skype. It is advisable that applicants are familiar with the entry requirements, course program, tuition fees and Whitehouse policies before lodging an International Student Application.


Education Services for Overseas Students

The Education Services for Overseas Students Act (ESOS Act) determines, in part, the nature of the relationship Whitehouse will develop with you. The ESOS Act has been established to ensure a high quality learning experience in Australia. For more information, visit the government website Australian Education International.

Visa and Immigration Matters

Your right to study in Australia as an overseas student is embodied in your student visa, which in turn imposes certain conditions with which you must comply to stay in Australia. It is your responsibility to comply with these requirements and failure to comply will require Whitehouse to report any breaches of the visa conditions to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (IMMI). The Whitehouse Institute will not compromise its status as a registered provider of higher education, or any accredited courses by inappropriately advising or assisting students on the following visa or immigration matters:

- Initial applications to the Australian Government to obtain a student visa

- Subsequent applications for visa renewal or variation

- Reversing visa cancellations for defaulting students

- Visa applications from family members or associates of students

- Residency applications following course completion

- Requests from immigration agents or lawyers

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Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

As an overseas student on a student visa you are legally required to provide evidence of maintaining approved OSHC while studying in Australia. When you have been accepted into a program of study at Whitehouse, and you have paid your tuition reservation deposit you will be issued with a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). Whitehouse can apply on your behalf for the first year of study or you can present the CoE to Medicare to apply for OSHC.

Living in Australia

The cost of living in any city depends on your choice of lifestyle. We recommend you visit the official Australian government web site for international students studying in Australia. Averages on the costs of living can be found at

Studying in Australia

Whitehouse has a diverse student community with students coming from many different parts of the world to study design in one of the world’s most beautiful countries.

Sydney, in NSW, is home to over four and a half million people, making it Australia’s largest city with the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge as famous icons. Melbourne, in Victoria, is Australia’s second largest city, with over three and a half million inhabitants, and is one of Australia’s most multi-cultural cities. Victoria is considered to be the Garden State of Australia.

Each Whitehouse campus is located in the heart of the city, central to the design and business districts. Sydney and Melbourne are famous for their wildlife reserves, national parks, gardens and glorious beaches, theatres, museums, art galleries, cinemas, restaurants and nightclubs. Australia is renowned for being safe, tolerant and multicultural.

Visit the official Australian government web site for international students studying in Australia.

Accommodation & Living Expenses

Whilst accommodation is not available on campus, Whitehouse Institutes student services staff are able to assist interstate and international students with finding suitable accommodation options within close proximity to the campus.

Useful accommodation links include:

Melbourne Accommodation Options

Sydney Accommodation Options

*Whitehouse Institute of Design takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the above accommodation information. Whitehouse does not own, operate or have any affiliation with the facilities, we are only providing the information and recommend that you research thoroughly.

TEQSA Provider No: 12065

CRICOS Provider No: 02863C

Course Code BDES:  085283C

Course Code MDES: 085283C

View the Commonwealth Register of Institutions & Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) website


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