FAQs

Q1;  What are your Term Dates for 2019/2020

 

   2019 Program Dates   
General English and English for Academic Purposes
Program Start dates Finish Dates Weeks Term
7-Jan-19 15-Mar-19 10 weeks Term 1
18-Mar-19 24-May-19 10 weeks Term 2
27-May-19 2-Aug-19 10 weeks Term 3
5-Aug-19 11-Oct-19 10 weeks Term 4
14-Oct-19 20-Dec-19 10 weeks Term 5
       
IELTS Preparation 1 & 2
Program Start dates Finish Dates Weeks Term
7-Jan-19 29-Mar-19 12 weeks Term 1
1-April-19 5-Apr-19   1 week break
8-Apr-19 28-Jun-19 12 weeks Term 2
1-July-19 5-July-19   1 week break
8-Jul-19 27-Sep-19 12 weeks Term 3
30-Sep-19 20-Dec-19 12 weeks Term 4
       
   2020 Program Date
General English and English for Academic Purposes
Program Start dates Finish Dates Weeks Term
6-Jan-20 13-Mar-20 10 weeks Term 1
16-Mar-20 22-May-20 10 weeks Term 2
25-May-20 31-July-20 10 weeks Term 3
3-Aug-20 9-Oct-20 10 weeks Term 4
12-Oct-20 18-Dec-20 10 weeks Term 5
       
IELTS Preparation 1 & 2
Program Start dates Finish Dates Weeks Term
6-Jan-20 27-Mar-20 12 weeks Term 1
30-Mar-20 3-Apr-20   1 week break
3-Apr-20 26-Jun-20 12 weeks Term 2
29-Jun-20 3-Jul-20   1 week break
6-Jul-20 25-Sep-20 12 weeks Term 3
28-Sept-20 18-Dec-20 12 weeks Term 4

 

 What's the weather like in Sydney? 
A. Average daytime temperatures range from around 24-27C in the summer to around 15-18°C in the winter. Even during mid-winter people go to the beach to surf and for a barbecue.

Q. Are all Advance English prices in Australian dollars?
A. Yes, all prices stated are in Australian dollars. You can go to www.xe.com to perform interactive foreign exchange calculations.

Q. How much money will I need to have (per week) for entertainment, food etc.?
A. It is a good idea to have access to approximately $150 per week (after paying for accommodation).

Q. What is the average cost of common items? 
A.

Item

Approx. Cost (AUD$)

Phone call (local)

$0.65

Bus ticket (1 ride - local)

$2.10

Can of soft drink

$1.50

Cup of coffee

$3.50 - 4.00

Beer

$5.00 - $8.00

Sandwich

$6.00 - $9.00

Meal at McDonalds

$7.00

Movie ticket

$10.00 - $15.00

Dinner at restaurant

$16.00 - $35.00

 

Q. If I want to open a bank account, become a member of a library/gym/video shop etc. what do I need to do? 
A. Advance English can help you do all these things. All you need from us is an Acceptance Letter. This states that you are enrolled at Advance English and includes your name, address, date of birth and dates/length of study. You just need to take this with any other documents required.

Q. What should I do if I need to go to the doctor/dentist?
A. There are lots of good doctors and dentists close to Advance English. If you want a doctor or dentist who speaks your own language, we can help refer you to the appropriate person. 

Q. What kind of activities are there to do in Sydney?
A. Participating in our activities program is an excellent way to practice your English while having fun with your new friends! Activities include: soccer club, dance club, tennis club, conversation club, movie club, travel club, student parties, pub nights, picnics and barbeques!

Q. Where are the homestay families located?
A. All homestay families are located within 40 minutes from Advance English campus by bus/train.

Q. Can I choose what kind of family I want to stay with?
A. At Advance English we will place you with a friendly Australian homestay family that has been carefully selected to suit your requirements (e.g. a family with young children or a family with no pets, etc).

Q. What if I have a homestay problem?
A. Our Homestay Coordinator is available to help you if you have any homestay questions or problems.

Q. Is there an airport pick-up service?
A. Sydney International airport is approximately a 20 minute drive to Sydney city. If you wish, an Advance English representative can meet your flight at Sydney International airport and drive you directly to your accommodation. (Please see our application form for this fee). There is also a bus coach service and train line linking Sydney International Airport to Sydney city. 

Q. Can I work whilst I am studying?

A. Students on a student visa whilst studying for 20 hours a week can work for 20 hours a week. Students who want to work in Australia need to get an Australian Tax file number: http://www.ato.gov.au/