International Students

This information is especially relevant to those international students arriving in Australia for the first time.

College location

APIC’s campus is located in Regent Street, Chippendale, in Sydney; and Lonsdale Street in Melbourne’s Central Business District. In both Sydney and Melbourne, the camous is only a few minutes’ walk from the Central Train Station and bus stops. The campuses are surrounded by cafes, food courts, banks, parks, shopping malls, and cultural attractions. Sydney and Melbourne are well connected by train, bus or taxi, and also trams in Melbourne.

Living in Sydney or Melbourne

For information on studying and living in Australia, visit This comprehensive site includes everything you need to know about living in Sydney or Melbourne, including accommodation, working, health, transport, as well as fantastic information about Australia’s states and regions.

The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection provides useful information on Student Visa Living Costs ( /students/student-visa-living-costs.htm). Upon arrival you should have a minimum of AUD$2,000, in addition to the monthly average, to cover the initial cost of a laptop computer and establishment expenses, such as rental bond payment and basic furniture items.

Health Care & Insurance

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is a compulsory health insurance policy designed to provide affordable access to medical and hospital treatment for students or their family dependents while studying in Australia. OSHC will also contributes to the cost of most prescription drugs and emergency ambulance transport.

International students are required to take overseas health cover during their stay. Please Contact Us or visit the Department of Health website ( for full information about registered OSHC providers, complete details of what is covered, and OSHC eligibility.

Student Visa

All APIC courses are authorised to be offered to international students studying on an Australian student visa. For information on your Student Visa and details of all visa conditions, refer to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website ( ).

Working while you study

Immigration regulations allows you to work up to 40 hours per fortnight on a casual basis during course time, and full-time during vacation periods. Family members can also work up to 40 hours per fortnight throughout the year.

Tuition Assurance

APIC’s students can be assured that they will get the tuition that they have paid for because the College’s tuition fees are covered by the Australian Government’s Tuition Protection Service (TPS). The TPS is an initiative of the Australian Government to assist international students whose education providers are unable to fully deliver their course of study. The Government service ensures that alternative places are offered so students can complete their studies. For more information about the Tuition Protection Scheme please go to the following website:

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