Approval to Provide Courses for Overseas Students - Victoria


You will require this approval if you operate a school, university or another education organisation and intend to provide courses for overseas students.

International students have to complete an English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) before entering into an approved school. You will need this approval to run an ELICOS programme.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information and to ascertain the level of compliance (if any) that may be required.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for this approval, you must:

  • meet all the national legislative requirements
  • pay the required fees
  • submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Agency.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.


Up to five years.


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Amount Description
Apply Application Sole Trader, Company, Partnership, Trust, Incorporated Association, Other, Co-operative $1038.00

Fees for 2017.

Vary Variation Sole Trader, Partnership, Company, Trust, Co-operative, Incorporated Association, Other $1038.00 Fees for 2017.

Other resources

Task Resources
Comply User Guide for Non-Government Schools Providing a Course/s of Study to Full-Fee-Paying Overseas Students - Please consult the responsible agency for more information.

Administering agency

Department of Education and Training

Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

General Enquiries

Operating address: Upper ground floor 4
2 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 2317
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Phone: 03 9637 2806
Fax: 03 9032 1579
Website: (Opens in new window)