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Year 7 – 12 International Student Enrolment

Mackay Christian College is committed to offering enrolments to International Students from a wide range of nations and recognises the valuable contribution these students bring to the Mackay Christian College community. All International Students are expected to participate fully in the life of the College and to adhere to the Christian ethos of Mackay Christian College.

Enrolment Information - Policies & Procedures

Please click on the links below to access all the information you need to make a decision about International Enrolment at Mackay Christian College.  Offers of enrolment can only be made for courses that are listed on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) website.

International Student Entry Requirements

Mackay Christian College will consider enrolment applications from students wishing to apply for a Student Visa, subject to compliance with minimum requirements and conditions set by the College, and with legislative requirements of the State of Queensland and the Commonwealth of Australia, including any requirements to undertake extra tuition to learn English to meet the English language proficiency standard needed to enter mainstream classes. 

Applications for enrolment must be made on the Enrolment Contract for International Students. This must be correctly completed, and must be accompanied by the following documents to support the application: 

a. Copies of Student Report Cards from the previous year of study, including a copy of the latest Student Report 

b. A completed Reference Form from the student’s current or most recent College Principal is also required if student Report Cards do not record student behaviour or commitment to studies 

c. A completed Subject Choices Form 

d. Appropriate proof of identity and age 

e. Written evidence of proficiency in English as a second language 

f. Photocopy or scanned copy of passport page with name, photo identification, passport number and expiry date 

g. Completed Homestay or Boarding Application Form 

h. Enrolment Application Fee 

Where the above documents are not in English, certified translations in English are required, with necessary costs to be met by the applicant. 

An application for enrolment can only be processed when all of the above are in the hands of the Enrolment Officer. 

Applications from overseas students are processed according to established policy and procedures, and are dealt with on their merits. 

Assessment procedures include an evaluation of reports from previous Colleges and of English language proficiency. In cases where report cards are not available or are inconclusive for any reason, the College may require relevant testing of the applicant to assess the application.

Minimum academic and English language requirements are as follows:

Academic Requirements 

Students must provide evidence of satisfactory academic performance appropriate to entry to the Year level requested on the Enrolment Contract or offered as an alternative point of entry by the College in a Letter of Offer. 

For Year 7 – 12 students:  A pass level or ‘C’ grade or better for the majority of core subjects.
 
English Language Proficiency Requirements 

Mackay Christian College requires evidence of sufficient proficiency in English to successfully meet the curriculum demands of the enrolled course. This is a requirement under the 2007 National Code of Practice, Section D Standard 2. 

Mackay Christian College can assess evidence of English language proficiency presented by a student at the time of application. 

Alternatively, Mackay Christian College accepts results from the following test instruments: Students in Year 10, 11 & 12 are ranked according to the proficiency bands below:

YEARIELTSISLPR
105
2+
115.53
125.5 - 63

Students in Year 7, 8 & 9 are ranked according to the proficiency bands below:

Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage.  Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations.  Handles complex detailed argumentation well.Has operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations.  Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.Has fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage.  Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations.  Handles complex detailed argumentation well

Essentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.

BAND SCOREDESIGNATIONDESCRIPTION
9Expert UserHas fully operational command of the language: appropriate, accurate and fluent with complete understanding.
8Very Good UserHas fully operational command of the language with only occasional unsystematic inaccuracies and inappropriate usage. Misunderstandings may occur in unfamiliar situations. Handles complex detailed argumentation well.
7Good UserHas operational command of the language, though with occasional inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings in some situations. Generally handles complex language well and understands detailed reasoning.
6Competent UserHas generally effective command of the language despite some inaccuracies, inappropriate usage and misunderstandings. Can use and understand fairly complex language, particularly in familiar situations.
5Modest UserHas partial command of the language, coping with overall meaning in most situations, though is likely to make many mistakes. Should be able to handle basic communication in own field.
4Limited UserBasic competence is limited to familiar situations. Has frequent problems in understanding and expression. Is not able to use complex language.
3Extremely Limited UserConveys and understands only general meaning in very familiar situations. Frequent breakdowns in communication occur.
2Intermittent UserNo real communication is possible except for the most basic information using isolated words or short formulae in familiar situations and to meet immediate needs. Has great difficulty understanding spoken and written English.
1Non UserEssentially has no ability to use the language beyond possibly a few isolated words.

Students should note that if their language proficiency is below that outlined above, they may be required to undertake an intensive English language course before beginning mainstream studies.

Students wishing to enter the College below Year 10 level are assessed individually based on the contents of their report cards and personal references, and may also be required to undertake a language proficiency test set by the College.

(OSHC) Overseas Health Cover for International Students

The Australian Government’s compulsory health insurance has been paid by the College as part of your fees. You will receive your membership card with an identity number on it. Keep this card in your wallet to show the doctor or to make a claim. If you have another insurance policy with you, please explain this to your homestay family so they know where to find it should you become ill.
 
It is a mandatory government requirement that all students have basic medical insurance with Medibank Private or BUPA. This is paid before you arrive in Australia and your membership card will be mailed to you at your homestay address or here to the College. If you have any problems at all, please contact the Enrolment Officer.
 
If you need to attend a doctor you will have to pay for the medical treatment and then claim for reimbursement. Please make sure you keep copies of all medical transactions (receipts, payments, claims etc.). OHSC has a very basic health cover and does not cover services such as dental, physiotherapy, optical, pharmaceuticals and pre-existing conditions.
 
Please note: If you have medical insurance from your own country, you must keep your receipts to claim on this insurance. You can only claim once for each medical bill. 

Enrolment Procedure Overview

1.  Read through the information for enrolment listed above and in the International Student Information Pack.

2.  Complete and sign your child’s Enrolment Application and  gather the supporting documents as listed in the International Student Enrolment Checklist. Please note that a non-refundable Application Fee of $350 should be paid at the time of application for enrolment.

3.  If you are overseas, fax your complete application to 0015 617 4963 1100 or email it to the tbuttle@mccmky.qld.edu.au Enrolment Officer. Please note that the Original Documents should be sent to the College by Registered Post.

4.  When your child’s complete application has been received, the application will be processed and an available place assessed. If your child’s application is unsuccessful we will notify you as soon as possible of this outcome.

5.  If your child’s application is successful we will issue a Letter Of Offer to you for the enrolment of your child. If your child is from an AL3 or AL4 country you will need this to apply for your child’s visa. If your child is from an AL1 or AL2 country, you can pay your fees upon receipt of this Letter of Offer.

6.  When your payment of Fees is confirmed, the Enrolment Officer will create a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) on PRISMS. A copy of your child’s CoE will be emailed to you which you will need to complete your child’s visa application.

7.  When your child’s visa has been granted you must notify the College and provide a copy to us.

8.  When travel arrangements for your child have been organised  the Enrolment Officer will then confirm arrangements.

9.  Your child will attend an International Student Orientation and tour of the College facilities.

 

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