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Frequently asked questions

GENERAL

Q. Why is La Trobe Melbourne (LTM) changing its name?

A. For more than eight years LTM has been an important education partner for La Trobe University, offering students, unable to gain direct entry, with an alternative pathway to degree studies, often with advanced standing (into second year of the degree).
Underpinning the LTM student experience is a close association with the University including on-campus program delivery with access to many services and facilities. LTM’s renaming to La Trobe College Australia signifies a deeper partnership which more closely aligns student identity and experience with La Trobe University. This important development also addresses the confusion in name/location and better describes our operations across multiple cities.
La Trobe College Australia will continue to be available to all domestic and international students, offering a range of courses in Melbourne such as English for further studies, bioscience, business, engineering, health sciences, information technology, media and communications and psychology. In Sydney, our focus will continue to be in business and information technology. There are also a number of La Trobe University courses that we deliver on behalf of La Trobe University such as the Postgraduate Enabling Programs in Business and Information Technology.

Q. When will the new name come take effect?

A. LTM’s renaming as La Trobe College Australia will come into effect on 5 August 2018, with official launch ceremonies planned in the months following. You will notice the website, marketing collateral and all other branded items will begin to transition to the La Trobe College Australia brand from August onward.

Q. Who was consulted about the name change?

A. Prior to the name change, LTM conducted research with sample groups comprised of international education agents, staff and students. The initial inspiration for the name change also came from feedback provided by staff, agents and students.

Q. Will the name change include other changes, such as programs or progression to La Trobe University?

A. No, the name change will not cause any changes to programs or progression. It does signify a closer working relationship with the University and we will increase our collaboration on developing new pathways and a more integrated student experience. Over time, as we launch new initiatives and opportunities we will keep all our students and partners informed.

Q. What is the scope of the La Trobe Melbourne name change?

A. The LTM name change is only a change in trading name to La Trobe College Australia. It is not the creation of a new legal entity and does not change the college’s accreditation or CRICOS code. All LTM’s current contracts and partnerships will not change and will not require renewing. LTM, under its new trading name, also continues to be part of the Navitas group.

Q. Who can I contact if I have more questions about the LTM name change to La Trobe College Australia?

A. You can contact us through our existing enquiry channels and we will direct your enquiry https://www.latrobemelbourne.edu.au/ask-a-question

FOR NAVITAS STAFF (LA TROBE OPERATIONS)

Q. Will there be any structural or staffing changes as a result of the name change?

A. No. There will not be any structural or staffing changes as a result of the name change.

Q. Will the name change impact any current contracts or agreements with suppliers or staff?

A. LTM’s change of name will not impact working conditions or agreements with staff. There should be minimal to no impact on suppliers, as agreements are either with Navitas or our registered business name Navitas Bundoora Pty Ltd.

Q. Where do I find templates with the new logo?

We’re currently in the process of creating new La Trobe College Australia templates for staff to use. When available, staff will be notified so these can be downloaded from the La Trobe Operations Intranet.

Q. Will student and staff emails change?Q : How far is La Trobe College Australia from the CBD and how can I get there by public transport?

A. Please continue using your current email address. Email addresses will eventually change to reflect our new name. When the timing of this is confirmed, we will make necessary arrangements to ensure emails sent to you old email address are forwarded to your new one. When we have a confirmed email transition plan we will inform you.

FOR CURRENT STUDENTS

Q. Will I still need my LTM student ID card?

A. Yes. Your existing student ID card, student email, student portal and all other access points related to your studies will remain the same. These may eventually transition to become La Trobe College Australia branded in the future. Additional updates will be provided on any future changes to these.

Q. Do I need to get a new student ID card?

A. No. Please keep using your current student ID card. A card branded La Trobe College Australia will be launched in the coming months and we will contact students directly to advise of any changes.

Q. As an international student I have overseas student health cover. Will the name change affect this?

A. No your overseas student health cover will not be affected. LTM will inform health cover providers of our name change.

Q. Will student and staff emails change?

A. Please continue using your current email address. Email addresses will eventually change to reflect our new name. When the timing of this is confirmed, we will make necessary arrangements to ensure emails sent to you old email address are forwarded to your new one. When we have a confirmed email transition plan we will inform you.

Q. Will there be any changes to my program, enrolment or class timetable?

A. No, your program, including credit value, enrolment and class timetable will not change.

Q. Will there be any change or new requirements for my progression from my foundation studies/diploma/Postgraduate Enabling Program to degree?

A. No, the conditions for your progression to degree studies at La Trobe University remain the same.

Q. Will there be any changes to miscellaneous study?

A. No, any arrangements will remain the same.

Q. Will the programs on offer at La Trobe College Australia be different to LTM?

A. No, however we are always developing pathways into a broader array of study areas at La Trobe University and will update you as these are approved.

Q. I started my program in Sydney/Melbourne and would now like to transfer to Melbourne/Sydney – is that possible? What do I need to do?

A. Once you have completed your foundation studies, diploma program or Postgraduate Enabling Program at either Melbourne or Sydney, you are able to progress to any of La Trobe University’s campuses where your progression course is offered. Please speak to Student Services at your campus for more information.

Q. Will my access to La Trobe University services, facilities and associations change?

A. No, these will not change immediately. However we are always working to improve your campus experience and will inform you of any changes.

Q. Will I still get a degree from La Trobe University?

A. Yes, assuming you meet all the existing requirements as set by La Trobe Melbourne and La Trobe University.
Foundation and Diploma students: After successfully completing your studies at La Trobe College Australia, students will now receive a qualification from La Trobe College Australia instead of La Trobe Melbourne. Students who qualify to progress to La Trobe University will still receive a qualification from La Trobe University following successful completion of their degree.
Postgraduate Enabling Program students: after successfully completing your studies, you may progress to your selected La Trobe Master’s degree and receive a qualification from La Trobe University following successful completion of that degree.

FOR POTENTIAL APPLICANTS, CURRENT APPLICANTS AND COMMENCING STUDENTS

Q. Have any of your entry requirements changed as a result of the name change?

A. No. Our entry requirements remain the same and have not been impacted by LTM’s change of name.

Q. Somebody came to our school and talked about the La Trobe Melbourne/La Trobe University benefits. Will all this remain the same for La Trobe College Australia?

A. Absolutely – all the benefits of studying with La Trobe Melbourne will continue!

Q. If I submitted an application to study at LTM for the next intake, do I need to make any changes?

A. No, our Admissions team will continue to process your application accordingly. You will notice any correspondence sent to you after 5 August will utilise the La Trobe College Australia instead. You do not need to change anything.

Q. If I’ve submitted or intend to submit an application for 2019 directly to the College do I need to re-apply after the name change?

A. No, your existing COE remains valid and the Department of Home Affairs knows of the LTM name change. Your current visa will remain valid.

Q. As a student/applicant aged under 18 do I need to re-do all forms/paperwork for compliance reasons?

A. No, your paperwork will remain valid using the LTM name.

Q. I nominated LTM as one of my preferences on my VTAC application. Will my LTM application still be considered or do I have to re-submit a VTAC application?

A. No, you will not need to take any action with VTAC. We will take care of the associated administration directly with VTAC.