International Student Recruitment and admission practices

The University of Tasmania (UTAS) will review its international student recruitment and admission practices after an ABC Four Corners program broadcast on 6 May 2019 exposed its processes.

The Four Corners program examined the UTAS application of Medium of Instruction (MoI) letters which are used as evidence to decide whether an international student had the necessary English skills to study at one of its campuses.

In the wake of the allegations, UTAS said it will review international admission practises. A group of senior university staff will oversee UTAS admissions until the review's recommendations are introduced.

As an interim measure, MoIs will no longer be accepted as an alternative to the university's English standards. This will only apply to students not already involved in an admissions process.

Four Corners has also alleged other institutions are admitting students from overseas who are below the institution’s individual published English standards or who are being ‘granted entry through other means without taking an independent English test’.

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