Why study in Australia?
Australia has become one of the most popular student destinations in the world, where international students can enjoy the relaxed outdoor lifestyle of Australia while learning in one of the best education systems in the world. The Australian education system has a strong international reputation and most of our degrees are acknowledged around the world.AC has a wonderful mix of international students and staff. As an international student I am sure you will feel at home as you study and interact within the AC community.
College life at AC provides meaningful interaction and fun social events ranging from chapel services to formal dinners. Our graduates continually refer to the long-lasting friendships they developed at AC that have helped them both personally and professionally. We aim to model our vision for a transformed society through our community and events that are creative, relevant and informative.AC Collective is a social group by the students, for the students, aiming to build and strengthen relationships within the AC community. For more information, go to the AC Collective Facebook page.
AC recommends homestay as an accommodation alternative for international and interstate students. Students can live with a family close to the Parramatta campus. For more information please see Homestay Sydney and Sydney Homestay Directory.
Student Visa Application
The Australian Government has instituted major reforms to the procedures of Student Visa applications. Under these reforms, each country has been assessed at different levels, which determine the requirements for a successful application.
You should begin the process of obtaining your Student Visa as early as possible by contacting the Australian Embassy in your city, as it can take a few months to process a visa. The Australian Embassy in your own country can help you with these details. For information on your country’s assessment level, as well as Student Visa requirements, please visit the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.
Living in Sydney - Australia
- Sydney is Australia’s oldest city.
- Sydney is famous for its beaches and surfing! Famous beaches such as Bondi Beach, Manly Beach and Palm Beach are great places for keen surfers and swimmers.
- There are many forests and parks scattered around Sydney for bush walking or hiking.
- Sydney is divided into a northern and a southern part by the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge. The CBD is on the south side of the bridge.
- Sydney public transport includes bus, train or ferry transport for easy travel around Sydney and exploring all its wonderful attractions.
- During the summer, the weather in Sydney can be quite hot and humid, reaching 38°C.
- The average temperatures in Sydney are:
- Summer (Nov – Mar) T: 20°C - 30°C
- Autumn (Apr – Jun) T: 15°C - 23°C
- Winter (Jun – Aug) T: 8°C - 13°C
- Spring (Sep – Nov) T: 18°C - 25°C
As an international student you must be aware of additional international student fee requirements that must be met in order to make your studies at AC a possibility. Please take the time to read the following information.
- Study Loans
- Paying Tuition Fees
AC does not accept unsolicited scholarship applications.
International students will generally not be eligible for any of the Australian Government supported financial assistance plans. Instead, international students are advised to apply for financial help (study loans) in their own countries.
International students intending to study at AC in Australia are required to pay the first semester’s tuition fees in advance before AC can issue a Confirmation of Enrolment, which is necessary for you to apply for a student visa.
When paying your tuition fees, you will also need to pay for Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of your course upfront. AC will then organise your health insurance on your behalf. To find out how much health cover will cost you, please visit the Australian Medibank website on www.medibank.com.au
These moneys will be kept in a trust until you are officially enrolled as a student, and are refundable if your visa application is unsuccessful.
International student fees
- International Student Application Fee | $200
- Overseas Student Health Cover – Single Rate | $372 per year
- Overseas Student Health Cover – Family Rate | $1,992 per year
The following is a guideline outlining the cost of living in Sydney for international students. Depending on your lifestyle you may require more or less to cover your expenses.
|Course Fee each year||Refer to our fee schedules|
|Living Costs for each year in Australia||You (main student applicant)||$16 - 18,000 per year|
|Your Spouse||$8,000 - $10,000 per year|
|Each Child||$3,400 per year|
|Travel Costs (to and from Australia)||Air Fare|
Education costs for children aged between 5-18 years
Dependent children of school age (5-15 years) must be enrolled in either a government public school or a private school during your stay in Australia. There are several private and state schools close to our college. Fees may be incurred and will vary from school to school. The estimated cost for enrolling a child in an Australian school is $8 000. Please contact the school for relevant school fees.
To find more information about local public schools around Parramatta visit the NSW Public Schools website and to find more information about private schools around Parramatta visit the Private Schools Directory website
NB. Please allow for the possibility of increases in tuition fees in line with the annual rise in the cost of living of approximately 3-5% as per the Consumer Price Index.
Student Health Cover in Australia
As an International Student in Australia you are required to have Overseas Student Health Cover during the time of studies. We at Alphacrucis are able to help you arrange this through Australian Health Management (AHM). Once accepted as a student you will receive more information about this in an offer letter. If you wish to arrange for Overseas Student Health Cover yourself, you will be required to show evidence of full coverage as part of your visa process.
The cost for Overseas Student Health Cover (through AHM) as per 2014 price index;
|Single Cover 1 year||$ 372.00|
|Single Cover 2 years||$ 756.00|
|Single Cover 3 Years||$ 1,176.00|
|Family Cover 1 Year||$ 1,992.00|
|Family Cover 2 Years||$ 5,340.00|
|Family Cover 3 Years||$ 8,916.00|
For more information on health policies go to the Australian Health Management Overseas Student Health Cover website.
Working in Australia
Students and their dependents applying for student visas for the first time will not automatically be granted permission to work in Australia. Students and their dependents will only be able to apply for a visa with work rights after they arrive in Australia and the student has commenced their course of study and there are no guarantees that a visa with work rights will be granted. You therefore need to be sure that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and any family members for your entire stay in Australia.
Where work rights are granted, students are limited to 20 hours work per week while their Australian education provider is in session but they may work full time during holiday breaks. Work rights are intended to be only a supplement to a student’s support rather than their sole source of support.Job advertisements can be found at Seek and My Career. Another option is to directly approach employers, for example, work in cafes and retail shops are often advertised in the store window display.
Further details about work issues can be found at the Study in Australia wesbite.