Student attendance & progress

Attending classes and making successful progress through your course are basic requirements for studying at Victoria University (VU).

If you are an international student you are also expected to meet these requirements as a condition of your student visa.

Read more about Victoria University's student progress requirements.

ELICOS student attendance requirements

If you are an ELICOS student you are required to maintain an overall percentage of 80% for the duration of your ELICOS COE (confirmation of enrolment).  

ELICOS students are given regular attendance warnings and assistance if they are at risk of not maintaining 80% attendance. If you are away for more than five consecutive days without approval, you will need to contact VU English immediately to discuss your options.

More information regarding attendance requirements will be provided during your ELICOS orientation.

Victoria University monitors all student attendance, as required by Australian law and Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) requirements.  See National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.

Foundation Studies international students attendance requirements

If you are studying International Foundation (Standard or Extended), you are required to attend at least 80% of scheduled contact hours for the course.

Our procedure outlines how Victoria University monitors your attendance and consequences of non-attendance: Enrolments - Attendance (International Foundations) procedure.

Academic progress – Higher Education & VE/TAFE

You must achieve satisfactory academic progress (passing at least 50% of units attempted in a semester).

If you are an international student, you are expected to complete your course within the time stated on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

Victoria University will monitor your academic performance in accordance with the following:

Failing attendance & progress requirements

If you fail to attend 80% of ELICOS classes and/or fail to pass at least 50% of units attempted in a semester (higher education and VE/TAFE) you risk disciplinary action. If you are an international student, you also risk having your CoE cancelled and student visa revoked.

By law (under the ESOS Act) the University is required to report international students to the Department of Home Affairs if they breach the conditions of their student visa.

Achieving satisfactory attendance & progress requirements

If you have breached attendance and/or academic progress requirements, your Course & Unit Advisor (CUA) will attempt to contact you. If you do not respond, a letter will be sent via registered mail to your address to request an interview.

In the interview you will need to:

  • provide reasons for your poor academic progress or not attending classes
  • negotiate a plan of action to achieve satisfactory attendance and academic progress.

Visa alert

If you do not respond to the formal letter or fail to comply with the plan of action, Victoria University will then inform you of its intention to report information about the breach of your student visa to the Department of Home Affairs.

You have 20 working days to appeal. If you do not access the appeals process, or the appeals finding is against you, the University will make its report to the Department of Home Affairs. You will then have 28 days to respond to the University's intention to report you to the department. This may result in the cancellation of your student visa.