Would you like to study in Sydney, Australia?
Australia is the fourth most popular destination for international students.
You can study in Australia and enjoy the modern education facilities of Polytechnic Institute Australia, located right in the heart of Sydney, which was named the top destination in the world for international students by the A.T. Kearney 2019 Global Cities Index and Emerging Cities Outlook.
If you do decide to join us at Polytechnic Institute Australia, you will find this information can help:
Students are encouraged to research accommodation needs before travelling to Sydney. These sites can be helpful:
The ESOS Framework establishes the requirements and standards for the quality assurance of education institutions offering courses to international students who are in Australia on a student visa. Information is available here:
Health Care & Insurance
As part of your visa requirements as a student you will be required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
OSHC is insurance to assist international students meet the costs of medical and hospital care that they may need while in Australia. OSHC will also pay limited benefits for pharmaceuticals and ambulance services.
Overseas Student Health Cover is available from one of the following providers:
- Australian Health Management
- BUPA Australia
- Medibank Private
- Allianz Global Assistance (subcontracted by Lysaght Peoplecare)
- nib OSHC
Please check the Department of Health website for further information regarding the requirements for Overseas Student Health Cover.
Sydney is an affluent city and things can be priced accordingly. The cost of living in the city as a single student varies according to the choices that you make but as a guide you could expect to need as little AUD $16,000 or as much as AUD $24,000 per year.
Student Visa Requirements
Students must have a student visa to study in Australia.
You must meet Australian Government requirements to get the visa.
Information about these requirements and student visas can be found from the Department of Home Affairs
As well as a Letter of Offer from Polytechnic Institute Australia, to get a visa you will need to provide proof of English language proficiency, financial and medical information.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection publishes a full list of mandatory and discretionary student visa requirements on their web site. Follow the Student Visa Conditions link for details.
Upon arriving in Australia you are required to advise Polytechnic Institute Australia of your residential address and telephone number and of any subsequent changes to your residential address. It is your responsibility and in your own interests to ensure that you always update your address details at Polytechnic Institute Australia to ensure you receive important information about your course, fees and possible breaches of your student visa. It is a condition of your visa that you notify us of any changes of
address within 7 days of the change taking place.
Additional information on student visa issues is available on the DIBP web site.
Students may initiate a request to defer commencement of studies or suspend their studies on the grounds of compassionate or compelling circumstances. Students wishing to defer the commencement of studies or suspend their studies must apply to do so in writing to Polytechnic Institute Australia using the student Deferral, Suspension and Cancellation Application Form. Full details and documentary evidence of the compassionate or compelling circumstances must be included with the application for it to be considered.
If approved, Polytechnic Institute Australia will report your deferral of commencement or suspension of studies to the Department of Education which may affect the status of your visa. If you require more information as to how this action may affect your visa status contact your local DIBP office or phone the DIBP helpline 131 881.
Cancellation of enrolment will trigger the refund arrangements in the Written Agreement between Polytechnic Institute Australia and the student. Students who cancel their enrolment and think they are due for a refund must also apply for a refund. The refund application form, available from the Institute, may be used as the written application. Refunds will be made within 28 days of receipt of a written application and will include a statement explaining how the refund was calculated.
Polytechnic Institute Australia will report your cancellation of enrolment to the Department of Education, which may affect the status of your visa. If you require more information as to how this action may affect your visa status contact your local DIBP office or phone the DIBP helpline 131 881.
Polytechnic Institute Australia may initiate a suspension or cancellation of a student’s enrolment as a response to the student’s breach of the code of conduct, misbehaviour or poor academic record. If Polytechnic Institute Australia is intending to initiate a suspension or cancellation of enrolment a warning letter will be sent to the student’s currently notified address and the student will have twenty (20) working days from the date of the warning letter to complain or appeal against Polytechnic Institute
Australia’s decision. Polytechnic Institute Australia will report any suspension or cancellation to the Department of Education which may affect the status of your visa. If you require more information as to how this action may affect your visa status contact your local DIBP office or phone the DIBP helpline 131 881.
Polytechnic Institute Australia may defer the commencement of a course. In this case, the provider default conditions in the Written Agreement between Polytechnic Institute Australia and the student will be triggered and Polytechnic Institute Australia will be obliged to repay all course money within 14 days of the date of deferral unless alternative arrangements can be made which are acceptable to the student.
Polytechnic Institute Australia will report its deferral of commencement to DIBP which may affect the status of your visa. If you require more information as to how this action may affect your visa status contact your local DIBP office or phone the DIBP helpline 131 881.
Student Visa Requirements
The rules and regulations apply to students holding student visas. The conditions include:
Requests for leaves of absence must be supported by documentation and will only be granted when there is a compelling case. A leave of absence can only be granted for one trimester and there will be no refund of course fees.
Teaching at Polytechnic Institute Australia is face to face and students must attend at least 80% of all scheduled classes during the trimester.
Courses must be completed within the time set out in the Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).
You will be required to have sufficient finances to pay for tuition and living expenses for yourself, your spouse and your dependent children for the duration of your stay in Australia.
Packaging Confirmation of Enrolments
The Confirmation of Enrolments (CoEs) for the Diploma of Business and either the Bachelor of Business (Accounting) or the Bachelor of Business (Marketing) can be combined for one visa application.
Working while you study
Under your visa requirements the DIBP allows you to work while you study for up to 40 hours per fortnight. You cannot work until you have commenced your course in Australia. Once your course has commenced you are permitted to work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight when your course is in session, and unlimited hours when your course is not in session.
Work that is a formal registered part of your course is not included in the limit of 40 hours per fortnight.
Voluntary, unpaid work, is not included in the limit of 40 hours per fortnight if it:
- is of benefit to the community
- is for a non-profit organisation
- is genuinely voluntary (that is, you are not paid either in cash or other—board and lodging is acceptable).
If the voluntary work could have been undertaken by an Australian resident who would have received a wage, then this is included in the 40 hours.
If you are a postgraduate research student:
- You can work a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight during any preliminary courses you undertake
- If you have commenced your masters by research or doctoral degree in Australia, there is no limit on the number of hours you may work
For additional information with relation to working conditions for student visa holders please visit the
DIBP website for further information.
Bringing your Children?
If you are bringing school-aged children with you when you study in Australia you will need to arrange for them to attend school. The requirements for enrolling students and school fees vary across Australian states and territories, and across schools.
School fees apply to most dependents of temporary residents in New South Wales. There are some exceptions
For a summary of the fee arrangements for public schools in New South Wales, and links to more information, see the DEC International website