Universities in Australia have been giving high-paying international students a waiver on their own entry standards for the English language. Australian Universities Give Foreign Students English Waivers Academics have complained of having high cases of academic misconduct and rising numbers of international students who are struggling with the language. They have complained also of having many students who use apps in their phones to translate lectures. There are also students in the IT postgraduate courses who are helpless in using a USB drive or even a computer. The federal government made efforts in 2016 to streamline the student visa scheme by giving universities the duty of determining the eligibility of students from certain countries in entering the country on a temporary basis which will be in line with the provisions of the students' visa system. The universities were also to ascertain that the students have a satisfactory ability in the English language. Streamlined students were not required to provide proof of their eligibility to the Education Board; rather they were to impress and convince the school they were applying to that they had what it took to complete the course. By this, universities have the discretion to set and maintain their own entry standards for English and could see as well waive these standards as they saw fit. Some of the universities have been found to admit international students who didn't meet the published standards of the university. There are also those who got admission into universities without taking any independent English test. Some postgraduate students from Nepal and India have been found to have presented ‘medium of instruction’ letters to their prospective universities stating that their previous study was in English. The universities accepted these letters.

‘Medium of instruction’ letters are not recognized by legislation

The Home Affairs Department has, however, said that the requirements for visa applicants which are covered by legislation do not recognize this ‘ medium of instruction’ letters. By this, if any of the students were required to provide evidence for their visa application, they could be denied visas. The Department of Home Affairs made a statement saying that universities have the responsibility of seeing to it that they admit students who have qualifying language skills to study in their schools. Stay connected to www.visatime.com to get updates about visa news from Asia, Africa, US, Americas, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East! We will also assist you with the visa process for the chosen country.

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