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Standard 2 - Recruitment of an overseas student

Program Credit Application for International Students Procedure

Policy Code: LT1459

Purpose

Standard 2 of the National Code 2018 requires Registered Providers to have:

  • Documented procedures for granting and recording course credit.
  • Provided a record of program credit to the student, which must be signed or otherwise accepted by the student.
  • Copy of student’s acceptance of program credit placed on student’s file.

This procedure describes how the University meets these requirements for international students.

Scope

This procedure applies to all international students of the University, irrespective of teaching location.

Legislative Context

  • Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000.
  • National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018
  • Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
  • Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) Threshold Standards 2015 

Definitions

Term Definition
CoE: Confirmation of Enrolment document issued through PRISMS for student to apply for a student visa.
Credit Assessment A process to determine the amount of credit an applicant is eligible for based on prior study, and/or relevant experience, program structure (core courses/majors/minors, etc), student's choice of major and limits for credit
CUP: Centre for University Partnerships
IA: International Admissions
Immigration Department of Home Affairs
International Student: A person holding an Australian student visa and defined as an ‘Overseas Student’ in the ESOS Act or studying at an off-shore teaching location.
National Code: The National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018
Partner Provider (PP): Educational Institution providing courses and programs of the University through an approved Education Agreement.
PRISMS: Provider Registration and International Students Management System
Program Credit: The value (exemption) assigned for the recognition of equivalence in content and learning outcomes between different types of learning and/or qualifications. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to achieve a qualification and may be through credit transfer or articulation.
Program: A full-time registered program of education or training registered on CRICOS for the attainment of a Testamur or certificate. Defined as course in the ESOS Act. Also known as Course in TAFE sector.
School: School delivering a program to international students.
StudyLink International Student online application system

Actions

Student applies for Program Credit at the time of submitting application to study a Federation University Program

For Partner Providers

  STEPS WHO IS RESPONSIBLE? COMMENTS
1. International student applies for program credit in the application to study at Federation University Student
  • Student to supply original or certified documentation to support the application for credit to the Partner Provider.
2. Partner provides student’s application to study at the University via StudyLink and provides (submits) student’s credit application. PP  
3.

PROVISIONAL CREDIT

Staff member assesses application for program credit according to School guidelines and credit database information.

IA
  • IA apply the provisional credit against the application and moves to conditional offer.
  • CUP review in StudyLink to confirm credits and add PCA (provisional credit approved) to NOTES in StudyLink
4. CUP reviews applications for Higher Education programs delivered at Partner Providers. CUP
  • If no precedent exists, IA apply provisional credit to the application and credit is sent to School for final approval
  • Program coordinators retain discretionary authority over credit granted over precedents if courses or program structures have changed.
5.

CUP generates a studyplan in FDL and uploads into StudyLink 

CUP
  • Study plan added to FDL
6.

School Assessment via StudyLink

Staff member assesses application for program credit according to School guidelines and credit database information.

School returns outcome via StudyLink

School
  • Assessment is according to University Policy, Procedure & School guidelines.
  • Process as per:

https://federationuniversity.sharepoint.com/sites/FedUni/student-services/it-services/service-support/training-development/studylink-training/SitePages/School%20staff/School.aspx

7 Details of provisional credit granted is listed in Letter of Offer & Acceptance Agreement IA
  • Length of study adjusted to reflect program credit granted.
  • If not confirmed (guaranteed) at time of offer this is stated in letter of offer.

For Federation University Campuses

  STEPS WHO IS RESPONSIBLE? COMMENTS
1. International student applies for program credit in application to study at the University via StudyLink Student Student to supply original or certified documentation to support the application for credit via StudyLink.
2. Student’s application with supporting documentation is forwarded to appropriate staff member in School via StudyLink. IA

An email to the Program Coordinator to review the credit application in StudyLink is triggered.

  • Program Coordinator has 5 days to review the credit and advise IA
3. Staff member assesses application for program credit according to School guidelines and credit database information. School
  • Assessment is according to University Policy, Procedure & School guidelines.
  • Process as per:

https://federationuniversity.sharepoint.com/sites/FedUni/student-services/it-services/service-support/training-development/studylink-training/SitePages/School%20staff/School.aspx

4.

Program Coordinator records their assessment in StudyLink

Program Coordinator generates a studyplan in FDL and uploads into StudyLink

School

Under Faculty Decision tab in StudyLink Program Coordinator records:

  • Number of advanced standing semesters that are credited
  • Remaining semester of program and
  • Revised program duration
  • Uploads a study plan
5.

IA review the outcome and proceed with admission processing

Details of credit granted is automatically reflected in the Letter of Offer & Acceptance Agreement. .

IA
  • Length of study is automatically adjusted as per the advice recorded by the Program Coordinator.
6. Student accepts offer into program. Student
  • Student returns signed International Student Agreement.
7. CoE is issued reflecting the change of length of program study. International Compliance  
8. List of students with credit provided to Student HQ / Student HQ access Power BI report prior to commencement of Semester. TBC  
9. Program credit granted is confirmed at enrolment according to school guidelines. Student HQ  
10. Program credit is recorded in Campus Solutions and credit letter issued. School/Student HQ
  • Student will receive written notification of confirmed credit which will either include statement advising date after which if student has not contacted Student HQ by listed date it is assumed credit is accepted by student; or
  • Requires the student to sign letter accepting the credit and return signed letter to Student HQ.
  • Credit letter is issued through fdlGrades.

Student Applies for Program Credit at Enrolment or While Enrolled

  STEPS WHO IS RESPONSIBLE? COMMENTS
1. International student applies for program credit at enrolment. Student/PP
  • Student to supply documentation to support the application for credit.
  • School should refer to Regulation 5.2 Clause 6 when receiving applications for credit from enrolled students.
2. School staff member assesses application for program credit according to School guidelines and credit database information. School/CUP/Student HQ
  • Assessment is undertaken according to University Policy, Procedure, & School guidelines.
  • CUP/ Student HQ review applications and apply credit for Higher Education Programs, where credit precedents exists.
3. Staff member advises IA/PP of program credit granted by email. School/CUP  
4 Program credit granted is confirmed according to Credit Policy guidelines. School/CUP/Student HQ
  • Student will receive written notification of confirmed credit.
    This will include either:
  1. A statement advising the date that credit is assumed if the student has not contacted the School, or
  2. A requirement for the student to sign a letter of acceptance of credit which is to be returned to the School.
  • It is noted that credit cannot be rescinded unless compelling education reasons are presented.
  • A copy of the letter is to be placed on student’s file.
5. Program credit is recorded in Campus Solutions and International Compliance notified. CUP/Student HQ  
6. If duration of study is changed this is reported via PRISMS. International Compliance
  • Evidence to be kept on student’s file.
7. Credit not granted - appeal assessment decision. Student

Responsibilities

Specific responsibilities are included under Actions

  • Pro Vice-Chancellor, International (as the Approval Authority) is responsible for monitoring the implementation, outcomes and scheduled review of this procedure.
  • Manager International and Strategic Compliance, Centre for University Partnerships (as the Policy Sponsor) is responsible for maintaining the content of this procedure as delegated by the Approval Authority.

Forms/Record Keeping

Title Location Responsible Officer Minimum Retention Period
Evidence of acceptance of credit Student File School/CUP 7 years after completion of program

Implementation

The Program Credit Application for International Students will be implemented throughout the University community via:

  1. An Announcement Notice on the FedNews webpage;and
  2. Inclusion in the University's online Policy Library.