Student Life Services
It is advised to set aside a minimum AUD$21,040 per year for expenses such as accommodation, daily travel, books and materials. These expenses are required in addition to course fees.
If school-aged dependents will also be accompanying you, these dependents must be enrolled as fee-paying students. For more information go to the Department of Home Affairs
OSHC Membership with Bupa Australia
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) The Institute’s preferred insurance provider is Bupa Australia.
More information can be found at the Bupa Student Hub.
Here you will find all relevant information, including;
- Understanding the Australian healthcare system
- OSHC what am I covered for?
- What to do if I get sick?
- Understanding my OSHC in more detail (OSHC provided through the Institute is the Advantage OSHC offering extra benefits)
- How to order my membership card
- Your health and wellbeing
Initially, international students cannot work in Australia. Students who have completed their course enrolment formalities may apply to the Department of Home Affairs (formerly DIBP) for a Visa with Work Rights.
The working permit allows international students to work up to 40 hours per fortnight* when courses are in session, provided that work does not interfere with studies. During vacation periods full-time employment is allowed. International students should not rely on part time employment as a means of support as employment may not be easy to find. For more information about working while studying, please refer to the Department of Home Affairs website.
*A fortnight means any period of 14 days commencing on a Monday and ending at the end of the second following Sunday.
For more information on Workplace Rights in Australia please visit the the Fair Work website.
Mainstream Course Students
We recommend you arrive at least one week before your course begins so you have time to settle into accommodation and find your way around.
In January and July, the week before the start of most formal courses, there will be a compulsory orientation program to introduce you to studying and living in Australia. This is an important and useful program. If you did not receive the orientation information with your COE, contact our International team.