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General English Course in Australia

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Duration: 2 to 52 weeks
Season: any
Program Start: Specific dates  (see the “Key Points” panel)
Tuition: From AU$250/wk (depends on length, 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


From Beginner through Advanced
Beginners start with practical survival English, such as the language for shopping, finding accommodation or a job. At the higher levels you will learn to take part in discussions of complicated topics as well as using idioms and slang in social conversations.

Paid job allowed
Students of this course on Student Visa can work 20 hours per week. Students on Working Holiday Visa can work max 9 months. Most students work in cafes, fast-food and restaurants making about AU$10-AU$18 per hour. Check our “Financial Guide” on the “How it works” panel.

Exciting add-on courses
Add them to your Super Intensive English Course:

  • Business English
  • Academic Writing Skills
  • Cambridge Grammar
  • TOEIC Preparation
  • Grammar in Context
  • Conversation
  • Pronunciation
  • Current Affairs
  • General Writing Skills

Apply with a friend
This program allows you to easily apply with friend or even a group of friends. Simply book the same course and accommodation and you are done. If you want to save, you can book twin or triple rooms to stay together.

Key Points


  • 2 to 52 weeks, your choice

When to apply:

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


  • Sydney


  • Intensive English Course – 20 hrs/wk (evening program possible)
  • 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 (morning program), your classes will start at 8:30 am on Tuesday.
  • If you are an Intensive student (evening program), your classes will start at 4:30 pm 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.
  • 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 (morning class) or 4:30 PM (evening class) 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

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 TravelWork 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: 3 months of school (or about 12 weeks of school), 9 months of work (or about 36 weeks of work)
Course: Intensive, 20 hr/wk @ AU$290/wk
Accommodation: HomeStay single room @ AU$190/wk
Work: 40 hrs/wk @ AU$15.51/hr

52 weeks of accommodation = – AU$9,880
12 weeks of school = -AU$3,480
36 weeks of work = +AU$22,334

Under this scenario, you will be left with AU$8,974 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 (morning class), 20 hr/wk @ AU$280/wk
Accommodation: HomeStay single room, half-board @ AU$190/wk
Work: 20 hrs/wk @ AU$15.51/hr

25 weeks of accommodation = – AU$4,750
25 weeks of school = -AU$7,000
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$3,995.

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: Elementary 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$150.

AU$220 Enrollment Fee + weekly tuition in AU$
Intensive (morning) 20 hrs/wk 300
Intensive (evening) 20 hrs/wk 250
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
 18 – 30 weeks 210
 31 + weeks 280


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.

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 paid Tuition less AU$100
  • Cancellation by participant 28 days or more before the course starts: 85% of the Tuition is refunded
  • Cancellation by participant less than 28 days before the course starts: an 9 weeks’ Tuition is charged
  • 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 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 course monies refunded.
  • Refunds are transferred to participant within 8 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, or Working 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.



16 Responses to “General English Course in Australia”
  1. Earl Ibo/Indonesia says:

    Great to know this

    May i get some explanation about how to join with you as overseas student..

  2. Armando says:

    how to apply?..I want to apply

    • admin says:

      Dear Armando, simple :-) We will email you the application. If you wish, we can schedule a call on Skype and we will actually fill the application out for you. You will just print it and sign, most convenient!

  3. Armando says:

    but I know better than English on Skype, you speak English?. I do not speak good english.. :( ,,

    many would like to apply for this course…

    • admin says:

      Dear Armando, we emailed you the enrollment form. Two days ago. Have you received it? Is there anything we can help you with? And if many would like to apply, tell them to go ahead and email us :-)

  4. Armando says:

    I took the form will fill out and will bring with email .. thenx

    • admin says:

      Hi Armando, super, and if you need any assistance, email us please, we’ll be happy to help you! It’s probably not a good idea to use the comments at this stage anymore.

  5. rima says:

    how i can enjoyed with this? i interested with this program….:)

  6. Khuyên says:

    The course fee is $280 for each week of 21- week course?

    • Misa says:

      Hello Khuyen, you’re right, the language courses are billed per week. I.e. if you would like to take 22 weeks of Intensive morning English course, the total tuition will be 22*AU$280 (plus AU$220 Enrollement Fee).

  7. shakib says:

    with due respect i shakib haidary from afghanistan can i apply for this course and i don’t have visa and how to get it if you guide me i will be highly appreciated thanks in advance

  8. Shohel says:

    Dear Sir My name is Shohel Barua. I am staying in Thailand about 3 years now and currently i m staying in Bangkok . I am citizen of Bangladesh.I am interested to study General English Course for 24 weeks in Australia.Please will kindly help me how i can study there and what do i need to have and what do you need from me.Please kindly let me know as soon as you can.Thank you

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