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Frequently Asked Questions about the International Students Program

How expensive is it to live in New South Wales?

It is estimated that you may need between $12,000AUS - $17,000AUS per year to live in New South Wales. This would cover accommodation, transport, food, entertainment, and clothing. Refer to for further information.

How good does my English need to be?

We are fortunate to be able to offer an excellent English preparation, or Transition Program / ESL. This class is very small, and offers individual attention that caters for students from elementary to intermediate level of english. When we receive an International Student Application, we conduct various tests with the student for English and language (and Skype interview). Once we have established the level of English, we then make a recommendation for each individual student.

When can I start?

Because our Transition Program / ESL is individualised then you can start at any time after the enrolment process is completed. The enrolment process can take anywhere from 5 - 10 weeks depending on information provided.

Mainstream classes?

St Philip's Christian College caters for all years, from Kindergarten to Year 12. It is best to start at the beginning of a new term. The school year usually runs from the end of January to mid-December with three breaks of varying duration, often two to three weeks.

Does the College arrange accommodation for me?

Yes! Accommodation is arranged or must be approved under the Colleges Homestay Program for all ages unless the student is in the care of a parent or suitable relative, as defined by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Any student under the age of 18 has a welfare and accommodation requirement as a condition of their student visa. St Philips Christian College is not a boarding college/school. International Students that require accommodation are provided a Homestay Family, that best suits the individual student.

What is the weather like?

All campuses are located in coastal areas so the weather is not extreme in summer or winter. The average temperature in Summer is 28C, and in Winter around 16C For more information