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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Please see the below frequently asked questions. If you still need assistance, please contact APSI.

Application Process FAQ’s

How can I apply for a course?

In order to apply to study at APSI, please complete our online application form here: www.apsi.edu.au/student-application-form. Please choose from the International Student, Australian Student and Short Course application forms.

You will find more information about the enrolment procedure here: www.apsi.edu.au/international-student/admissions-procedure

How do I know if the qualifications from my home country are recognised in Australia?
Your qualifications may be recognised in Australia, however, Australian Professional Skills Institute does not offer any credit for overseas qualifications.
Do I need to sit an English language test?
If you do not have a IELTS, TOEFL or PTE certificate, you will be required to complete our APSI English test and attend a face-to-face interview with one of our representatives or via Skype.
How many intakes are there each year?
There are four new intakes per year; in February, April, July and October.
How can I apply for a student visa? Can I apply online?
Once your enrolment process is complete and you have received your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) from us, you will be required to organise your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) before you apply for the visa. In order to lodge your student visa application, you will need to create an account (ImmiAccount) and complete an online application form through the website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection: https://www.border.gov.au/ .

For more information about the student visa, refer to: www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa-1/500-

After accepting your offer FAQ’s

How long is the processing time after I submit the application online?
Please allow 7 days processing time for all SSVF applications (this does not include visas). 

If your application is successful, you will receive a Letter of Offer from us. The letter of offer is valid for one month only. If you wish to accept the offer, you need to pay the minimum fees and sign the acceptance of offer. Once we receive all documents and payment, we will issue a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) to you for visa application.

Please note you cannot use your Letter of Offer to apply for a student visa. You can only use the CoE to apply for your student visa.

How can I pay for the tuition fees?
  1. Cash or EFTPOS (surcharge applied) in person at APSI’s campus
  2. Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard) via PayPal on the student Invoice
  3. Bank draft or money order payable to “Australian Professional Skills Institute” and send to APSI’s main campus (all Bank draft must be in $AUD Australian Dollars to an Australian Bank)
  4. Electronic Bank transfer (Telegraphic Transfer) from overseas bank account:

          APSI’s Bank Account Detail:

          Name of Bank: ANZ Bank Branch

          Address: 237 Murray Street, Perth, WA 6000, Australia

          Account Name: Australian Professional Skills Institute or APS Institute

          BSB: 016080 Account Number: 4834-32771

          SWIFT Code for International Transfer: ANZBAU3M

Note: You must use your FULL NAME as a reference number in all bank transfer

How can I find accommodation in Perth?
There are a number of  accommodation options that are available for International Students in Perth. Information about homestay and accommodation assistance (including renting, temporary accommodation and other) can be found here: www.apsi.edu.au/student-services/homestay-and-accommodation-assistance/

If you need APSI to assist you in finding the right accommodation, please refer to the details on the above webpage or email info@apsi.edu.au for further details.

How do I look for part-time jobs in Perth?
APSI can provide students assistance with job hunting, placements and career guidance. Please visit our webpage dedicated to these student services: www.apsi.edu.au/student-services/student-assistance

If you require further assistance, please contact student services.

What should I bring to Perth in terms of dress code?

The dress codes for Australian Professional Skills Institute courses are as follows:

  • Hospitality students are required to wear a white shirt and black trousers/skirt as shown here: www.apsi.edu.au/courses/hospitality-courses
  • Commercial Cookery & Patisserie students are required to wear a full set of chef uniform, black trousers and safety shoes while doing practical training.
  • Individual Support, Ageing Support and Community Services students are required to wear black trousers and APSI red Polo shirt.
  • Business and Management students are required to wear smart casual.

    When is the orientation and must I attend?

    All new students must attend the orientation program before they commence their course at Australian Professional Skills Institute. Orientation is held on the first day of the term (Monday) at 9:00 am. An invitation will be sent to the student or the student’s agent at least one week before course commencement date to confirm the date and venue of orientation.

    At orientation program, you will be provided with information on your timetable, student handbook, attendance and course progress policies, student support services to assist you in the transition to life and study in your new environment in Australia. You will also be provided with information on legal services, emergency and health services, facilities and resources, and complaints and appeals processes.

    You will receive a student ID card after orientation which contains 24 hours emergency numbers and other useful contact numbers. You will be reminded of student visa conditions relating to your course progress and of services provided to ensure that you make satisfactory course progress. You will also receive further information on inexpensive, independent complaints and appeal procedures and dispute resolution arrangements.

    • Information about assessment information, course information and timetable
    • Assistance with enrolment requirements
    • Transperth concession Smartrider application form
    • Overseas Student Health Cover for International students on student visas.

    Other FAQ’s

    How can I find out the units of the qualifications?
    You can check the units of competency under each course’s information pages on our website.
    How can I travel to APSI campus?

    There are two main methods to come to our APSI’s campus: Train & Bus.

    We are on the free Yellow CAT bus route just between stop number 27 and 28- Wellington Fair. Students can get off from the Perth train station and catch a free Yellow CAT bus outside the train station and it only takes 3 stops to our campus. You can also walk from the train station to APSI for around 15mins.

    *Students who undertaking full-time study at APSI are entitled to concession travel entitlements on Transperth and regional town bus services with their Tertiary SmartRider.

    For more information, please check https://www.transperth.wa.gov.au/

     

    Can I drive to school?

    Unfortunately, there is no free on-site parking for students. However, parking is available at several multi-storey public car-parks close to the campus, and street metered parking is available on Moore Street, Royal Street and around Wellington Square.

    Notes: To drive in Western Australia you will require a valid driver’s license. You may be able to drive in Australia if you have a current license from your home country. 

    Please kindly visit Department of Transport for more information about an international driver’s licence

     

    Am I allow to work while I am studying at APSI?

    Your international student visa allows you to work while you are in Australia, however, there are limits on the hours you can work.

    Generally, international students are allowed to work for 20 hours per week during each semester and unlimited hours during semester breaks.

    You can contact our Student Services team to obtain a confirmation of semester breaks letter to allow you to work extra hours during each semester break.

    To know more about your working right in Australia, please visit:https://www.fairwork.gov.au/

    I am facing depression & anxiety from being separated from family and friends, what should I do?

    if you are facing personal issues, APSI has a range of services and support people to help you during any challenging periods. 

    Please book an appointment to see our Student Counsellor for further assistance.

    I am facing financial hardship after I commence the course, what should I do?

    if you are facing financial issues, APSI can re-arrange your payment plan so that you will  have extra time to settle your school fees (Administration fee applied).

    Please contact our Accounts Department for further assistance.

     

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