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Business English Course in Australia

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Business English Australia

Duration: 4 to 15 weeks
Season: any
Program Start: Specific dates  (see the “Key Points” panel)
Tuition: From AU$300/wk (depends on intensity)
Age: 18+
Student Status: not required for applying
Participants from: All countries
When to apply: Min 2 months before start
Paid: n/a, parallel paid job allowed


The Business English Course isn’t just a language course! It is an extensive educational program intended for people who already speak English at at least intermediate level, and who want to be able to compete for professional positions in top international corporations. Have a look at the modules:

  • Protocols and Cross-Cultural Awareness
  • Communications and Writing Business Letters and E-mails
  • Management Styles
  • Negotiating
  • Numbers and Working with Figures
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer Service and Complaint Handling
  • Networking and Relationship Building

The focus is on vocabulary and topics used in the worlds of business, trade, finance, and international relations. Taught are language skills needed for typical business communication such as presentations, negotiations, meetings, small talk, correspondence, report writing, and so on.

Each unit covers specific vocabulary and expressions, reviews appropriate grammar points, provides reading and analytical studies and requires your participation in a range of creative problem solving, brainstorming and meeting activities.

As a truly global-oriented course, it will teach you how business cultures and conditions differ from one English speaking country to another, as well as cultural comparisons and how they affect the use of language.

Practice in a company in your field
This program can be combined with practicing your newly acquired language skills in real life by being placed in a company in Sydney. Organized in areas such as marketing, accounting, engineering, finance etc.

Key Points


  • 4 to 15 weeks, your choice

When to apply:

  • At least 2 months prior to your desired program start date.


  • Sydney


  • Intensive English Course – 20 hrs/wk
  • Super Intensive English Course – 25 hrs/wk

Class size:

  • In average 12 students

Start dates 2013:

  • 29 Jan, 25 Feb, 25 Mar, 22 Apr, 20 May, 17 Jun, 15 Jul, 12 Aug, 9 Sept, 8 Oct, 4 Nov, 2 Dec, 30 Dec
  • If you are a Super Intensive student, you may start your class at 1:30 pm on the first day (Monday) after the Orientation.
  • If you are an Intensive student, your classes will start at 8:30 am on Tuesday.

Australian Public Holidays 2013:

  • 1 Jan, 28 Jan, 29 Mar, 1 Apr, 25 Apr, 10 Jun, 5 Aug, 7 Oct, 25-26 Dec

Christmas & New Years Period:

  • The school remains open during the entire time (24 Dec 2012 – 7 Jan 2013), only closing on the public holidays shown above.
  • School operations & classes runs as usual and students are expected to come to class during that time.

Orientation Day after Arrival:

  • Monday morning students arrive 8:15 AM, evening students arrive 3:30 PM.
  • Bring passport and a passport photo.
  • Receive: Student Orientation Book, Sydney Map, CityRail Network Map, Activities Flyers.
  • Interview and written test to assess your English level.
  • Enrolment agreement and student card, you’ll sign them.
  • Information about the school, classes, activities, and life in Australia.
  • Short tour of the school, its facilities, the area surrounding the school.
  • After the Orientation: go home or ask further questions.
  • Super Intensive students start at 1:30 PM on Monday after the Orientation.
  • Intensive students start at 8:30 AM on Tuesday.

Paid work permission:

  • You can work alongside this course.
  • Students on Student Visa can work 20 hours per week.
  • Students on Working Holiday Visa or Work and Holiday Visa can work up to full-time.
  • Job must not interfere with courses.
  • For more details, check the “How it works” panel.


  • Home Stay with Australian families
  • Student Guesthouse
  • Your own-sourced accommodation
  • See the “How it works” panel for more details
  • See the “Prices” panel for the costs


  • You must be insured to participate
  • Student Visa holders have to register with OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover), the compulsory Australian student medical insurance.
  • Working Holiday Visa and Work and Holiday Visa holders will have to organise their own medical insurance.
  • Holders of other visas can buy the sponsor-arranged insurance or enclose a proof of their own, in English
  • APEX Foundation does not offer support with insurance

Important: Many insurance policies do not cover work. If you intend to work in Australia, make absolutely sure that your insurance covers any injuries sustained while working!

How it works

How the program works
from application to arrival

After you are accepted for the program and paid the fees, you receive a Letter of Acceptance.
If you are going to apply for the Student Visa, you will also receive an Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment form (e-CoE) which you need for your visa application. The accommodation department will also start arranging your accommodation. You will receive travel directions to your accommodation shortly after that. If you wish for a taxi to wait for you at the airport, you must supply your arrival details at least 2 weeks prior to your arrival. It is ideal to schedule your arrival for Saturday or Sunday around the noon time, or before. That way, even if your flight is delayed, which happens quite often, you reduce the likelihood of arriving late at night. On Monday morning at 8.15 am, you will attend your orientation and after that start your course.

Visa Types
what Visa you can apply for

Tourist Visa (Subclass 676)
If you are planning to do a course of 12 weeks or less, you can for a tourist visa. If you want to extend your visa after the course, you can, but you can extend it for tourist-only purposes for a second 3 months and sometimes further. It is illegal to work on a tourist visa. However, voluntary work for non-profit organisations is permitted.

Student Visa (Subclass 570)
You should apply for a student visa if you are planning to study for 13 weeks or more. This visa will allow you to work for a maximum of 20 hours per week. Please check with the Australian embassy nearest you how much money you have to have available for covering your living costs in Australia in order to receive your visa. Ordinarily AU$ 18,000 is required for 1 year of study.

Working Holiday Visa (Subclass 417)
Students from Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, HKSAR, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan and United Kingdom can apply for this type of visa. This is a 12-month visa, which permits a maximum of 16 weeks of study during the 12 months. The other 9 months allows you to work, however, you can not work for more than 6 months with any one employer. There are no restrictions to the number of working hours allowed.

Work and Holiday Visa (Subclass 462)
This visa is for people from Bangladesh, Chile, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey and the USA, who want to travel and work for up to 12 months in Australia. This visa allows you to supplement the cost of your holiday through periods of temporary or casual employment. There are no restrictions to the number of working hours allowed.

where you can go

Sydney is one of the most beautiful cities in the world (click for pictures). With a population of over 4 million people, Sydney has all the excitement of a big city but is surrounded by beaches and mountains. The relaxed lifestyle of Australians and the natural beauty of the country make Sydney a perfect destination for a young international traveler wishing to study English while enjoying life in a far-away country!

which one to choose

Many people don’t realize that accommodation cost about the same, if not more, than the program itself! This holds true in Australia, as well as in the UK and USA and other places. Choosing the right accommodation option is therefore an important decision.

This program can offer you a wide range of accommodation from self-catering student guesthouse to a full-board homestay with an Australian family. You are, of course, free to arrange your own accommodation too.

Home Stay – the best for learning

Home Stay with a local family is the best choice for learning a language! You will be talking with the family members in the morning as you get up, during breakfast and then in the evening. This is not like talking in a class at school! You will really practice your language skills, pick up new words and listen to the correct accent.

Homestay families live in houses, apartments or semi detached houses. Majority of the families live 30-50 minutes away from the language center.

Home Stay accommodation is available as Half-Board, which includes both breakfast and dinner (+ 3 meals on the weekends), No Meals with use of kitchen facilities (schedule arranged by family) or Twin Share, which is a private room shared with a travelling companion, breakfast and dinner and 3 meals on the weekends. For simplicity, we are only showing prices of HB and No Meals, please ask about the remaining options.

Student Guesthouse

Student guesthouses are great for enjoying the company of your peers from many other countries of the world. This is ideal for a casual learner who doesn’t mind listening to equally imperfect English of his or her companions. Each residence contains a range of rooms, all with wireless Internet, TV and DVD or VCR player and wardrobe space, as well as a courtyard area and a fully equipped kitchen. Every one of these guesthouses has its own unique trait.

Self-Arranged Accommodation

You are free to arrange your own accommodation. Maybe you have friends or relatives who live in Sydney with whom you can stay for free. Or perhaps you are applying as a group of friends and will rent a cheap apartment together.

A common strategy of students on budget is to pay for two or three weeks of the accommodation arranged by the program to have a place to stay after their arrival, and find a cheaper roomshare during this period.

Paid Work
alongside the course

Many participants are interested in the opportunity to having a paid job alongside the course. Partly they want to help cover their expenses, partly to practice their English and partly to really feel like they are living in Australia.

Paid work is allowed, but job placement is not a part of this program! You have to find it yourself.

Check also Work and Travel, Work and Study or Internships if you are more interested in working than studying.

Let us remind you that students on a Tourist Visa are not allowed to work in Australia. If you come to Australia on the Student Visa, you must take up a full time course during the whole duration of your stay. You are allowed to work but only outside of these study hours, and a maximum of 20 hours per week. If you come on a Working Holiday Visa or Work & Holiday Visa (if your country is eligible), you are allowed to work full time for one year in Australia but must change employers after 6 months.

Importantly, any such employment happens outside this program and must not interfere with your classes! Otherwise you might be cancelled for non-attendance. Most students work in fast food, cafes, restaurants, and the like. These positions generally pay between AU$10 and AU$18 (see also the Australian Minimum Wage below), with deductions for taxes and any other services provided by the employer, for instance meals. If you get a position where you get tips, such as a waiter, you may make more money on the tips than what is your wage!

Financial Guide
how much it will all cost

This is not a promise! This is a guide intended to give you a general idea about some of the numbers. Your own experience may be different! We use the Australian Minimum Wage in our calculations, you may make more money than that. You may also be able to live more cheaply, for instance if you find yourself a roomshare with other students.

Let’s have a look at these two example scenarios:


Visa: Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417), or Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462)
Duration: 2 months of school, 10 months of work (or about 40 weeks of work)
Course: Intensive, 20 hr/wk @ AU$320/wk
Accommodation: HomeStay single room @ AU$190/wk
Work: 40 hrs/wk @ AU$15.51/hr

52 weeks of accommodation = – AU$9,880
9 weeks of school = -AU$2,880
40 weeks of work = +AU$24,816

Under this scenario, you will be left with AU$12,056 to cover your other expenses, having fun in Australia and bringing some money back.


Visa: Student Visa (subclass 570)
Duration: 6 months, about 25 weeks
Course: Intensive, 20 hr/wk @ AU$320/wk
Accommodation: HomeStay single room @ AU$190/wk
Work: 20 hrs/wk @ AU$15.51/hr

25 weeks of accommodation = – AU$4,750
25 weeks of school = -AU$8,000
25 weeks of work = +AU$7,755

Under this scenario, half year of quality language school and accommodation with one meal per day in Australia will cost you AU$4,995.

Comment: With the Intensive course, 20 hours of classes means just 4 hours of school every day. Even with having to prepare for the next day’s classes, this leaves you enough time for part-time work.

Try more scenarios and cost/income combinations yourself. All prices are shown on the “Prices” panel.


Age: Min 18
Student status: not required for applying
Experience: n/a
Required languages: English
Required level: From Intermediate to Advanced*
Nationality: Nationals of all countries are eligible
Type of visa: Tourist Visa, Student Visa, Working Holiday Visa, Work and Holiday Visa

*Language placement test and assessment, carried out on day one, ensures that all students are in the right class and improve quickly.


  • All fees are subject to change without notice.
  • All bank transfer fees are born by the participant regardless of the direction of the transfer.
  • If paying by bank transfer $30 should be added to invoice total in order to cover bank charges.
Application Processing Fee: $50
  • Processing your program application
  • Processing your payment to the program sponsor
  • Transferring materials and communication between you and your program sponsor until your departure for Australia
  • Responding to your email questions until your departure for Australia
  • Check APEX Foundation Terms & Conditions for more details

*If booking the course for less than 7 weeks, the Application Processing Fee is AU$100.

AU$220 Enrollment Fee + weekly tuition in AU$
Intensive (morning) 20 hrs/wk 300
Super-Intensive 25 hrs/wk 340

Prices include:

  • Enrollment on the programme
  • Initial test, evaluation and class placement
  • Tuition for the chosen course option and number of weeks
  • Monitoring and support throughout the placement (24-hour emergency student support)
Study Material:
one-time charge in AU$
2 – 8 weeks 70
9 – 17 weeks 140


Insurance: AU$42/month
only applies to Student Visa holders
  • Student Visa Holders must have Australian Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
  • The program sponsor will arrange this insurance for you.
  • Holders of other visas can buy the sponsor-arranged insurance or enclose a proof of their own insurance in English.
  • See “Key Points” for more details.
prices in AU$ per week

Single room HB Single room Twin room HB* Twin room Triple Room HB Triple Room
HomeStay 250** 190** 220** n/a n/a n/a
Student Guesthouse n/a 275*** n/a 185*** n/a 150***

* must be booked by two students travelling together
** minimum 2 weeks
***minimum 4 weeks

Accommodation Placement Fee
: AU$200
One-time charge for booking the accommodation you selected.

Accommodation change after placement: AU$100
If you wish to change your accommodation and want the new one be arranged by the program sponsor.

All accommodation options are subject to availability.

Arrival Transfer*
  • Transfer between Sydney Airport and your accommodation
  • Arrival: AU$110
  • Departure: AU$70

*It is your responsibility to inform us of your arrival details minimum 14 working days prior to the transfer! Failing this, the transfer may not be provided as requested/paid. There is no refund for booked and unused arrival transfer. Arrival details include: arrival date, arrival airport, the airline, flight number and arrival time.

Cancellations & Refunds
if you have to cancel
  • Application Processing Fee is not refundable
  • Accommodation Placement Fee is not refundable
  • Visa denial: Full refund of the Tuition, official letter from Australian authority must be supplied
  • Cancellation by participant 28 days or more before the course starts: 90% of the Tuition is refunded
  • Cancellation by participant less than 28 days before the course starts: an 8 weeks’ Tuition is retained
  • Cancellation by participant after the course starts: No refund
  • Cancelling homestay accommodation requires at least 4 weeks notice, otherwise  2 weeks’ accommodation fee is charged.
  • No fees, unless specifically named in this “Cancellations & Refunds” section, are refundable.
  • No fees can be refunded while you are in Australia
  • Tuition fees are not transferable
  • If any course is terminated before its commencement, course monies will be refunded in full.
  • Per the ESOS Act 2000, if any course is terminated after the course commencement date, the school will arrange for the transfer of the student to another institution offering a similar course at no extra expense to the student. Alternatively, the student may elect to have the unused portion of the course monies refunded.
  • Refunds are transferred to participant within 6 weeks of APEX International, LLC.’s receipt of written notification.
  • Instructions for transfer of the refund, regardless of the payment method, are used exactly as supplied by the participant. APEX International, LLC. bears no responsibility if the instructions are incorrect, incomplete or not understandable by any bank or other institution involved in transferring the funds. Bank fees plus $50 is charged if transfer of the refund must be repeated.

How to Apply

The procedure:
  1. We email you a PDF application form and pre-enrollment English test form*.
  2. Fill it out, pay the Application Processing Fee and email the PDFs back to us, we will check that everything is done correctly.
  3. If everything is done correctly, we will ask you to send us the hard copies by mail.
  4. Once your application is accepted you will get instructions for payment of the Program Fee/Tuition.
  5. We send your materials and payment over to the program sponsor.
  6. You will receive a Letter of Acceptance from the program sponsor.
  7. If you are applying for the Student Visa, you will also receive your e-CoE (Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment form).
  8. Apply for your visa.
  9. Arrange your flight and give us your detailed arrival information.
  10. Arrival Instructions are sent to you.
  11. After arrival in Sydney, you will travel to your accommodation.
  12. On the first day (Monday) at 8:15 am the orientation will start.

It’s best to apply at least 2 months prior to your planned departure. Check with your local Australian embassy how long it will take you to get the your visa.

*The test hast to be completed hand-written.


Can I apply with a friend?

Yes. Even groups of friends are welcome!

Can I select a location for my course?

No. This school is located Sydney.

I am from – insert your country – can I participate?

Yes. The program is available to applicants from all countries.

Can I work in the Australia alongside this course?

Yes. If you have either Student Visa, Working Holiday Visa or Work and Holiday Visa.

I am currently not a student, can I participate?

Yes. This course is opened for everybody.

Can the program pay for itself?

Possibly. See “Financial Guide” on the “How it works” panel.



29 Responses to “Business English Course in Australia”
  1. Millyta Montolalu says:

    hey me again., I like this program. Again my questions. Do I have to pay all the fees for 6 months in advance? or I can pay it per week. Could you list about costs that should I pay in advance? . Im from Indonesia. thanks in advance

    • admin says:

      Dear Millyta, now that we know that you are from Indonesia, we also know that you will need Section 570 Student Visa in order to do this course as a Work & Study program. This visa can be issued for a minimum of 12 weeks. So 12 weeks is how much you have to, at a minimum, book and pay. It is also for how much you will have to show that you have money for covering your living expenses in Australia – that’s required by the Australian government in order to give you the visa. If they actually issue your visa for longer than 12 weeks, you can then keep extending your English course past those 12 weeks in one-week increments as you indicate you’d like to. But 12 weeks is the minimum in your case, not because of the school, but because of the visa.

  2. maurich says:

    Comment removed. Please use English for commenting.

  3. maurich says:

    whether this program can be for students who still lack the English language ..

    • admin says:

      Hello maurich, the school accepts complete beginners. You must know enough English to: complete the application, make the payment, arrive to the school.

  4. Adhi says:

    Hi admin,
    Greeting from Papua, eastern part of Indonesia.
    is there any financial aid for those who interested to join the program but have financial difficulties. If available, How to access?
    Personally, I’m interested to improve my skill in English for academic.
    Highly appreciated for your further comment.

    warmest regards

    • admin says:

      Dear Adhi, sadly, not that we know of. There is a talk at the government level about making student loans available to overseas students too, but so far it hasn’t happened. The only “financial support” available is that the course can be combined with working. You can work up to 20 hours per week. That will of course not cover all your expenses, but it indeed does help to reduce the overall cost of it.

  5. zana says:

    Hi, where is the scool situated? How far away from Bondy Beach?

    • admin says:

      Hi Zana, it’s 300m from Sydney Central Railway Station. So it’s about 15 minutes to Bondi by car. Google says 6.9km.

  6. zana says:

    I’m interested in Business English Bec higher (Cambridge exam) preparation. Do you offer this course…..?


    • admin says:

      Hello Zana, the course isn’t specifically aimed at preparing you for the BEC exam. However, it gives you a solid Business English education that will go a long way towards helping you pass the test.

  7. zana says:

    Thank you very much for your answer. This course seems to be quite interesting to me. Could you give me some more information of being placed in a company? I also read that you accept complete beginners. How does it work? Do you put all levels together?
    What is the name of your school and where is it placed?

    • admin says:

      Hello Zana, there are two kinds of placement. One is the Work & Study program, which involves paid placements in restaurants, cafes, etc. Another, which isn’t published on our website is the Internship program, which involves placements in the participants’ career fields, but the work is unpaid. If you have the financial means, the Internship placement is obviously a better match for your Business English course. You will obviously be tested and interviewed as a part of your application process and then re-tested after your arrival and placed in the appropriate course, depending on your English level. See the “Orientation Day after Arrival” on the “Key Points” tab above. The school is big and there’s several hundred students in many classes. The name of the school as Access and it’s located in downtown Sydney, not far from the central train station. Have a look at the General English Course for pictures from the school!

  8. what do you mean by: duration: 4 to 15 weeks? Does that mean that I can take the course with a minimum 4 weeks participation and maximum 15 weeks? Does that mean I can take or choose the number of weeks I want? for example if I want to take 7 or 8 weeks course only, is that choice possible?

    Thank You.

    • admin says:

      Hello Abel, you’re right, you can choose any duration of the course between 4 and 15 weeks. So for example 7.

      • so how is the course structred if I choose to study a shorter period compared to 15 weeks one? How is this shorter term affecting pricing of the course? Will I still get the same course content if I take a shorter period one?
        Thank you

        • admin says:

          Hello Abel, tuition and accommodation is paid weekly. Cut click on the “Prices” panel for full details, including what are your options and what each of the prices includes.

  9. Helo admin,

    Thank you for your reply.

    I still have a question for you.

    I finished my study in Australia this year and now accepted into the workforce. English is not a problem for me as long as I am concerned. I mean, I understand English very well. However, the office requires me to be trained in English for Bussiness style as part of my training program.

    Do you think your program can satisfy that need given my English ability background?

    Thank you

    • admin says:

      Hello Abel, totally! Just read the course description! I suggest though that you also check if you possibly need some sort of a certificate for immigration purposes. For example immigration services often require IELTS. If that would happen to be the case, we’d have you covered too.

  10. Cyril Dunkwu says:

    I am highly interested in Business english study,i m a nigerian,a veterinary doctor currently working with an agro allied industry,managing, selling and marketing livestock. Vaccines & drugs, poultry feed,equipments,
    I want to develop myself more,my english i ll say its at intermediate level.i need to advance and improve my english speaking so i can get better & greater Job opportunity possibly in austrial till in the livestock industry.
    So for my self development, i m looking forward to studying in Austrial and getting an internship program or work placement in my chosen career.
    I need all the assistance i can get, fees, homestay or accomodation,payment mode or route. Duration say 4- 6 weeks
    I reside in Nigeria,

    • admin says:

      Hello Cyril, we will send you the application and instructions by email. Fees are shown on the “Prices” panel above, suggestions how to choose your accommodation are shown on the “How it works” panel. We use PayPal for payments, including payments with credit/debit cards, but PayPal seems unavailable in Nigeria. We can try it, but if it doesn’t work, we’ll send you instructions for making a wire transfer to our bank.

  11. Cyril Dunkwu says:

    Thanks for the imformation,
    i ll be waiting for the bank wiring details,

    • admin says:

      Hello Cyril, you haven’t applied yet. You’ll get payment instructions by email after we get your pre-enrollment form back from you.

  12. Kui .K. says:

    Hi. I’m from Kenya and have a question. The fees…after calculating, I find I need about 85000 shillings for the payments. So am I supposed to have paid the cash 6 weeks in advance after I’ve been accepted or can I take a shorter or longer period (like 7 or 8 weeks). I would also like to ask what kind of visa I should go for i.e. if I get accepted to this program. One last question; how much is the application form fee?Thanks

    • admin says:

      Hello Kui, the total cost depends on which variant of the course you choose – intensive, or super-intensive – and your chosen accommodation options. See the “Prices” panel for full details. The basics of the visa are shown on the “How it works” panel, but you must contact your nearest Australian embassy for full details relevant to your case, details of the procedures are different in different countries. As for the available duration of the options, see the “Key points” panel and decide.

  13. ravi kumar says:

    i am ravi kumar and i have done MBA from victoria university from singapore and i want to learn business engilsh. it is possible to join this programme and this programme will provide the jobs in australia can you give the information please

  14. Jowena says:

    Hi Admin,

    I’m from the Philippines, can I apply for either Working Holiday Visa or Work and Holiday Visa?

    • admin says:

      Hi Jowena, the Philippines have never been one of the countries whose citizens can apply for either of these visas. Simply call your nearest Australian embassy to ask if there’s any change.

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