INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

APAC recognizes that international students bring an innovative perspective and aesthetic to our disciplines.

International Education Agents

We welcome students from diverse cultures and backgrounds. We have chosen the following agents to work with and welcome the students they have introduced to us.

AMET Education Pty Ltd

Head office 248 Swanston Street, Melbourne, Australia

NEIT Group Pty Ltd

Head office Level 4, 102 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, Australia

Young Education Centre (Trading as EduYoung)

Suite 3, Level 1, 233 Albert Street, Brisbane, Australia

We welcome international education agents who can introduce prospective students to us. We’ll need check you out and hope you’ll understand that we must satisfy ourselves that the agents we work with are of highest integrity and expertise.

Accommodation

APAC is located in the heart of Brisbane City. Although we do not provide on campus student accommodation, we can recommend the wide range of independent accommodation available to an international student.

Purpose Build Student Accommodation

Within a short walk of the campus you will find a wide variety of high standard accommodation which is designed specifically for students. This site gives you some of the better known options – Choose Brisbane.

Rent a House or Apartment

You may choose to rent your own accommodation. Some students choose to share a rented home with others. Quite often the experience of sharing with other students helps everyone to settle into their studies and to be successful. You can find rental houses or flats at www.realestate.com.au and then you can search for your preferred locations and style. One of the household will be required to enter a contract for the rental, so make sure you are comfortable about sharing with the other people in the house or apartment. Most accommodation in Brisbane offers 2 to 4 bedrooms. The rental obligations may vary. You can research your rights and obligations here.

Homestay

Some private citizens are happy to share a part of their house with an international student. The details may vary from home to home. It is important to clarify whether you will have your own bedroom, study area, wi-fi and bathroom. Some homestays provide all meals, some provide breakfast and dinner. Some provide meals during the week, but not on weekends. The following groups specialise in arranging homestay for students: HomeStay network and Study Vision.

Indicative Accommodation Costs

  • Purpose Built Student Accommodation
  • $200-350 per week
  • Meals not included
  • Rented House or Apartment
  • $200-300 per week
  • Meals not included. Wi-fi not always included. You will need to consider the legal aspects of sharing the rental lease.
  • Homestay
  • $300-400 per week
  • Check how much space you will have and how many meals per week are provided

Please note these prices were current on 15 March 2022, but we have no control over availability or completeness of this information.

Cost of Living

Brisbane offers a cost effective place to live and is a cheaper option when compared to some of Australia’s other major cities making it a good place to study and live!

Brisbane is the third largets city in Australia and is  home to approximately 2.4 million people and around 50,000 international students

Considered a cultural hub when it comes to Arts and Entertainment, Brisbane features a full calendar of opera, ballet, musicals, concerts, art exhibitions, contemporary performances and a range of theatres to choose from.

Brisbane is ranked in the top 50 worldwide for employer activity. Some of the top industries for employability include:

  • tourism (including the entertainment area),
  • tech, and
  • education

Queensland is also home to Warner Brothers Movie World one of the largest employers of actors and screen production staff in Australia.

To find out more about the cost of lving in Brisbane you can check out the Insiders Guide.

More information on studying and living in Brisbane

Reasons to study in Brisbane

City guide to Brisbane

Student Accommodation

Support Services

We provide a student counsellor who is on call for all students. Zoe is a qualified counsellor but also has a strong interest in our disciplines. She used to be a performer and also operates her own entertainment venue. Zoe has a wide network of colleagues who specialise in the full range of student welfare assistance. We want our students to succeed and we believe that Zoe’s help as an expert counsellor is a very important part of that support.

Our Student Services team can provide practical support to help you settle into life in Brisbane. We know this city. What we don’t know, we know how to find it so your search is short and successful.

Student Assistance

If you find you need language or study assistance, we have a wide range of resources to help you. We understand that performing arts and screen production have some very technical terms. Some of these might be unknown to a newcomer. We provide regular informal briefing sessions to help settle into the disciplines.

If you require top-up support for language, we have very good language skill providers we can recommend.

We also provide regular session in study skills to assist all students to build their academic capacities.

Legal Assistance

If you require, we can prefer you to a range of legal experts. There is a wide variety of different legal specialties. Depending on the problem you are facing, we can locate a suitable legal expert to give you advice.

Emergency and Health Services

All international students are required to hold an Overseas Student Health Card (OSHC). This provides insurance for hospital and doctor costs while studying here in Australia.

If you have an urgent health problem then seek immediate medical advice. If you need to go to a hospital, then Brisbane has many public and private Accident & Emergency Hospitals. Most people find the best option is an internet search of “Emergency Hospitals near me”. Then make sure to attend as quickly as possible. If you can’t travel, then call an ambulance.

The emergency number for Ambulance, Police and Fire is 000. If you are in danger or fear that you are in an urgent health emergency, then call this number. The operator will assist you.

If the matter is not urgent, we can assist. Speak with our Counsellor Zoe or to Student Services. We have expert health services close to the campus.

Working In Australia

Under your International Student Visa you may work for up to 40 hours per fortnight during term. During vacation break there is no limit on how many hours you can work.

Like all workers in Australia you have legal rights and protections. Unfortunately there have been times when some employers have tried to exploit international students by underpayment or overwork.

You can find your rights are listed here – https://www.fairwork.gov.au/tools-and-resources/fact-sheets/rights-and-obligations/international-students . You have rights. If you need help in understanding your rights, we can help.

Financial Support

We can help you if you find you need to manage your financial services. Until you are settled in and comfortable with where to take advice, we recommend that you check with Student Services whenever you intend to make a substantial decision regarding your financial welfare.

Disability Support

We welcome students with all types of ability and disability. We make adjustments to our programs and assessment processes so you can participate successfully. We can provide some additional advice and assistance so your disability does not prevent you from enjoying studying and living in Brisbane. You will find the following resource can also be of help

Studying in Australia as a disabled student