Q: Can I bring a computer into Australia?
A: Australian customs allows the temporary importation of certain goods without the payment of duty or GST via Section 162A of the Customs Act 1901 (Cth). The temporary importation of computers by international students is one example, but please be aware that conditions apply.
For more information, please refer to the Australian Customs Services.
Q: Do I need a visa to study in Australia?
A: Yes, you need to have a student visa which covers you for the duration of your study in Australia.
Visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website for further information.
If you need further assistance, please contact the APGS Admissions team who will be able to point you in the right direction:
Q: How do I apply for admission to APGS?
A: For all international students, you can apply directly to APGS for admission. Contact the APGS Admissions Team with your postal address and what you would like to study and they will post you the APGS Prospectus. The prospectus contains information about the APGS and the programs we offer, as well as information about fees and the application process for admission and Director's Award and/or Assistance Programs.If you are ready to apply for entry, please complete an Online Application Form.
If you are ready to apply, please complete an Online Enrolment Application Form
Q: How do I apply for my student visa?
A: When you accept your offer of admission to APGS, you will need to arrange payment of the tuition fee deposit, along with the program length International Student Health Cover (OSHC) premium. When the payment is received, APGS will then send you all the necessary documents to enable you to apply for a student visa. You will need to contact the Australian Embassy, Diplomatic Mission or High Commission in your country to obtain your visa. An education agent may also be able to assist you with this process. For a list of agents currently authorised by APGS, please click here.
Within Australia: You can lodge your visa application at any Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) office, or online through the DIAC website.
Outside Australia: After receiving your offer letter from APGS, you will need to formally accept your offer in writing by the deadline specified in the letter of offer, or the offer will lapse. Please note that the programs have limited places and APGS reserves the right to decline acceptances once the quotas have been filled.
For private students and students sponsored by home governments and other external agencies, you will be required to arrange for your tuition fee deposit and your International Student Health Cover. You will also need to indicate on the form where you will be lodging your visa application. You will need to locate the Australian Embassy, Consulate or Diplomatic Mission nearest you. APGS will then issue the Australian Diplomatic Mission with your International Student Confirmation-of-Enrolment (COE).
It is then your responsibility to liaise with the Australian Diplomatic Mission about your visa application. For a listing of Australian diplomatic missions worldwide please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.
Information about visa requirements can be found at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) website.
Education agents in your region may also be able to assist with your visa application process. For a list of authorised APGS agents, please click here.
Q: How much does it cost to apply for admission to APGS?
A: You will be required to pay an Audition Fee of $250 for international student which is payable before or on the day of audition or day of submitting your audition recording. International students will need to click on the "International Students" menu option on the top of this page to download the International Student Fee Schedule.
Q: I have just received my offer for a place at APGS. What should I do next?
A: You will need to return your acceptance form, together with tuition fee payment and International Student Health Cover (OSHC) to the International Student Services Office at APGS. You must meet all of the conditions of your offer. This will allow the APGS to release your Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) documents that will allow you to apply for your student visa.
Q: What are the language requirements to get into APGS?
A:As English is the language of instruction at APGS, proficiency in speaking, listening to, reading and writing English is essential. The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the preferred English language proficiency qualification but APGS may accept other evidence of proficiency in English in certain circumstances. Proof of competence in English must meet a minimimum IELTS Score (or equivalent) of 6.0. While APGS accepts both IELTS and TOEFL, in some countries, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) may accept only IELTS to determine English language proficiency. Please check the website to ensure that you are taking the appropriate test. Students without an acceptable level of English will be required to satisfactorily complete an intensive course of English language before being allowed to study at APGS. APGS can arrange an appropriate English language program (the Pre-Enrolment English Program - PEP) in Sydney at the English Language Centre. On successful completion of the PEP, students are granted direct entry into APGS.
Q: What clothing should I bring with me to Sydney?
A: You will need a range of casual summer clothes (shirts, t-shirts, shorts, skirts/dresses, light-weight trousers) and some warmer clothes for winter, including jeans, jumpers/sweaters and a winter coat. You may also like to bring a suit or dress for formal occasions. You will be able to buy any extra clothing you may need at a reasonable price in Sydney.
Q: What conditions are attached to the visa?
A: Most students will receive a multiple entry visa that is valid for the duration of the course of study. A multiple entry visa allows you to enter Australia any number of times before the expiry date of the visa.
There are numerous conditions attached to the student visa. You can find comprehensive information on student visa conditions at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.
Below is a brief outline of key student visa conditions as an international student:
- All international students and their dependents must maintain International Health Cover for the duration of their studies with a registered insurer approved by the Australian Government.
- There are attendance and progress requirements attached to your visa. You must remain a full time student and satisfy the 80% attendance requirement.
- As an international student, you and your dependents may apply to the Department of Immigration for limited work rights during your stay in Australia. This application for work rights can be made only after you have commenced formal study and can produce evidence of this. Rules on work rights vary according to your student status, but usually students can work up to a maximum of 20 hours per week during the teaching term and up to 40 hours per week during vacation.
Employment is often difficult to find and it may take you some time to secure a job. APGS strongly recommends that you do not rely on part-time employment to supplement your income during your stay in Australia.
Q: What is the climate like in Sydney?
A: Sydney is in a temperate region with typically four seasons; although not as clearly defined as those of the Northern Hemisphere. Summer temperatures range from 18oC to 32oC with humidity of 60 to 70 per cent (ideal beach weather). The winter is mild with temperatures dropping below 10oC overnight but warming up to near summer weather by midday. Rainfall in Sydney is usually spread fairly evenly through the year. For the current weather conditions in Sydney, check: http://weather.smh.com.au/
Q: What is the cost of living in Sydney?
A: APGS estimates that a single international student requires a minimum of AUD$16,000 – $18,000 to cover living expenses in each year of study. However, students should have a minimum of AUD$2,000 in addition to the monthly average when they arrive to cover the initial cost of books and establishment expenses such as rental bond payment and basic furniture items. Recreation and entertainment are matters of personal taste. The amount spent depends on your tastes, interests, budget and where you live. The figures given do not include the costs of large non-essential items such as household equipment or a car. APGS is well serviced by public transport. A guide to cost of living in a shared housing situation:
Q: What requirements are there for obtaining a student visa?
A: You may be required to fulfil language requirements as well as health checks. All students will need to satisfy APGS's academic entry requirements to be offered a place at the Australian Performing Arts Grammar School.
Please visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship website for detailed information.
Q: When is the deadline for applying to the APGS?
A: As places are limited at APGS, applications forms should be submitted as soon as possible to avoid losing your place. Once our staff have received your application form you will be placed on the waiting list and then be contacted to schedule an audition. If there is an exceptional circumstance and you need to enroll into APGS mid-term or mid-year, please contact our staff to find out what your options are.
Q: Where do I submit my application?
A: If you are applying for admission to the Australian Performing Arts Grammar School as an international student, submit your application to:
Australian Performing Arts Grammar School
255 Broadway, Glebe
NSW 2037, Australia
Applications can be submitted to the APGS Admissions office online through the website: Online Enrolment Application Form
Please note that you will need to make your application fee when submitting your audition recording. All details are listed in the "Apply" section of the website.
For further information on studying at APGS in Australia as an international student, please view our International Student Handbook.