International Student Information

International students and part-time online courses

Our part-time online courses can be a perfect way for people living in other countries to learn about Rudolf Steiner education, Anthroposophy and anthroposophical arts.  There are no eligibility requirements. no visa is needed, and you can fit in your learning even while you are working or raising a family.  Click here to find out more about our part-time online courses and how to apply.


International students and the Advanced Diploma

The Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar is an endorsed provider (CRICOS Provider 01812M, RTO 3948) to overseas students for the full-time Advanced Diploma of Rudolf Steiner Education course (10825NAT, CRICOS 107755A). 

International students have contributed enormously, in rich and enduring ways, to our teaching and learning here at the Seminar. They have expanded themselves by coming to Australia to undertake their study in Rudolf Steiner education, and have similarly brought great depth and experience to students and staff in Australia.

Past students have returned to their countries and applied the qualification and experience gained here in a variety of ways. These include teaching, early childhood education, setting up new schools and programs and providing education support for children with additional needs

Testimonials from past and current international students tell us that they enjoy living in Australia, exploring the vast landscapes and culture, and making long-lasting friendships. 

Go to our Advanced Diploma page for information on course content.

To be eligible to study at the Seminar, the international student:

  • be 18 years of age or older.
  • be proficient in the English language and have the equivalent of an IELTS score of 6.0 or higher with no band less than 5.5.
  • have the equivalent of an Australian high school education or higher. If you do not have high school qualifications, you will need to pass an online Literacy, Language and Numeracy test and achieve language and literacy scores of level 4 and numeracy skills of level 3 of the Australian Core Skills Framework (ACSF).  You will be advised if you need to take this test.
  • Once arriving in Australia (on-campus students only),  you will need to apply and provide evidence of a current Victorian Working with Children Check.  Only a volunteer WWCC is required.  
  • On-campus students apply for a Unique Student Identifier once they are in Australia. (Off-shore students do not need a USI.)
  • The ability to pay the tuition fee. See Fees page.  Enrolment is subject to the Tuition Fee Policy.  See the Policy page on this website.

Click here to see our fees page.

We encourage interested candidates to apply well in advance of the course commencement date of early February to leave enough time for the application process and procurring a visa.  We recommend applying before September prior to the year of study.

The Seminar does not use enrolment agents, yet the admissions process is straightforward and our staff are easy to contact and willing to help you.

1.  Prepare and scan documents

     You will need scans of the following documents to upload with your online application.

  • Academic transcripts and qualifications (with English translations where applicable)
  • Proof of IELTS results
  • 500-word handwritten biography introducing yourself and including why you wish to do this course
  • Two written references from a colleague or teacher who has known you for two years
  • Passport photo page
  • Passport photo

2.  Read important policy documents on our Policies page

     Click here to access Policies page

  • International Student Enrolment Policy
  • International Student Academic Progress Policy
  • International Student Attendance Policy
  • Tuition Fee Policy
  • Student Support Services Policy
  • International Student Handbook

3.  Complete the online application form

     Complete and submit the online International Student Application form

4.  Pay the administration fee

     To pay the AUD$400 non-refundable enrolment administration fee, send your payment to:

  1. Account Name: Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar Ltd
  2. BSB No:  013-278
  3. Account No:  351184665 Bank Name 
  4. ANZ (Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited)
  5. Branch Address:   111 Main St Croydon 3136
  6. Swift Code            ANZBAU3M
  7. Use your name as the reference 

     Please email a copy of your receipt to us at the time of your application.

5.  Interview

When your application is complete and you have paid the administration fee, we will arrange an  interview with you.  Please view our recording of an information session before the interview.

6.  Letter of Offer and Enrolment Agreement

If you are offered a place at the Seminar, we will send you a Letter of Offer and an Enrolment Agreement to sign and return to us.

7.  Confirmation of Enrolment

After we receive your signed Enrolment Agreement, we organise and send you a Confirmation of Enrolment from the Australian government.  You must take this with you to apply for your visa.

8.  Student visa

Review the Australian government’s student visa page.  Then apply for your student visa at your nearest Australian Embassy, consulate or Visa Application Centre. Please send us confirmation of your visa.

9.  Overseas Student Health Cover

Once you receive your student visa, you will need to obtain mandatory health insurance for the duration of your studies in Australia.  StudyAustralia’s Overseas Student Health Cover page can get you started.  Please send us proof of your Overseas Student Health Cover policy once you get it.

10.  Tuition payment
After you have received your visa your first tuition payment will be due.  Details are in the Enrolment Agreement that you signed.

11.  Unique Student Identifier and Working With Children Check 

All students in Australia require a Unique Student Identifier number which you can apply for on the USI website once you are in Australia.  

You will also need to apply for a volunteer Working With Children Check in order to undertake your Practical Work Placements in the primary schools. (

The Seminar may recognise some qualifications or experience you have that may be considered as credit toward our course. For our Recognition of Prior Learning Policy, download Recognition of Prior Learning Policy .

The Seminar provides orientation support with settling in, practical assistance with finding accommodation, study and personal support to international students, to ensure they get the most out of their studies and their broader Australian experience. See the International Student Information Handbook and the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar Student Handbook .

If you have any questions about studying here as an International student, please contact us at: .

Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act

The Australian Government wants international students in Australia to have a safe, enjoyable and rewarding place to study. Australia’s laws promote quality education and consumer protection for international students; these laws are known as the ESOS framework.

Legislative Framework:
– Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000
– ESOS legislative framework
– ESOS Charges and Levies Acts
– National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students

The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 and its National Code of Practice regulate the delivery of education and training services to protect and enhance Australia’s international reputation, and provide consumer protection for international students. They also support the Migration Act 1958 by reinforcing students’ obligations under their student visas, and requiring institutions to monitor students’ compliance with their visa obligations.

To provide education and training services to international students the Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar complies with rules and regulations required by the Australian Government and the National Regulator TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency). Additionally, the Seminar is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). CRICOS registration guarantees that the Seminar and the Advanced Diploma of Rudolf Steiner Education you are undertaking meet the high quality standards set out by the Australian Government; the Seminar’s CRICOS Provider Number is 01812M.

The Melbourne Rudolf Steiner Seminar takes its ESOS obligations seriously, and endeavours to deliver quality educational services and to promote them in the most ethical manner possible. It monitors students’ compliance with their visa conditions and reports breaches to the Australian government.

Additional information on studying in Australia is available from the Department of Home Affairs website, StudyAustralia.

Tuition Protection Service
International students have recourse to the Tuition Protection Service (TPS), an Australian Government initiative that assists international students in the event that their education provider is unable to fully deliver their course of study. The TPS ensures that international students are able to receive a refund of their unspent tuition fees. Please refer to the Tuition Protection Service Brochure for further information.

Useful links

Advanced Diploma information session

Overseas student testimonials

Seminar’s International Student Handbook

Study Australia

Melbourne City Council International Students

Study Melbourne