An Australian bank account is required to manage your finances such as paying bills, receiving wages, manage everyday expenses such as accommodation, food, and entertainment. The following banks have student accounts which may save you on account management fees: ANZ, Bankwest, Commonwealth Bank, Citybank, NAB and Westpac.
FEE-HELP is not available to international students.
Yes, all international students studying in Australia are required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) which is also a requirement for obtaining an Australian Student visa. Note: Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish students are exempt from OSHC requirements.
Yes, IAEA can arrange your first year of coverage with our preferred provider Medibank. Fees are charged to the student.
OSHC pays for most prescription drugs and emergency ambulance transport and helps cover the cost of medical and hospital care should you become ill during your stay in Australia. Pre-existing medical conditions or disabilities are not cover by OSHC cover. Ancillary cover is available from your preferred approved OSHC provider. Ensure you bring your medical and optical prescriptions with you to Australia.
The price of OSHC cover you pay depends on the duration of your visa and the OSHC provider you choose.
If you already have a current OSHC policy, you will need to submit a copy of membership currency before accepting your offer.
It depends on where you decide to live. The college is situated in Upper Mt Gravatt within a small complex of shops where many styles of ethnic foods are available. Directly across the road, Westfield Garden City is one of the largest shopping complexes in Queensland which boasts entertainment precincts, world class restaurants, eateries, boutique shops and large department stores, banks, drugstores and music stores and much more. In most suburbs, you can find corner stores stocked with the essentials at a higher price for convenience, or local supermarkets which generally offer an IGA, Aldi, Coles or Woolworths supermarket along with fast food shops, dentists, doctors, bakeries and other specialty shops. Large supermarket chains also offer online delivered shopping.
Concessions for public transport is not available to international students.
Across the road from our Brisbane college campus, Westfield Garden City hosts a large bus exchange which connects southern suburbs with the City and surrounds on regular schedules. Train stations are located a five minute drive from the college where express trains run between the Gold Coast to the Brisbane City centre and surrounds.
Brisbane is a vibrant river city with many eateries and restaurants available in the city and surrounding suburbs. There are certain suburbs in Brisbane which celebrate particular cultures, for example Sunnybank is a mecca for Asian culture and cuisine while West End hosts a mixture of modern and authentic cultural foods. Brisbane also hosts international festivals for many cultures including Chinese New Year, Korea, India, Greece and many more.
The college has 15 dedicated car spaces for visitors and students.
There are many gymnasiums situated locally with the closest just a 20 metre walk from the college. Suncorp stadium is located 1 kilometre (.62 of a mile) from the college which hosts sporting events such as football and music concerts.
The college is located 45 minutes to northern Gold Coast beaches and 1 hour from Surfers Paradise beaches. We are also 30 minutes drive to Moreton Bay which is rich with tourist walks, vibrant restaurants and long bike tracks and public parks.
Other local attractions include:
The Sunshine coast is located 1.5 hours north of the college.
Brisbane City – Kangaroo Point Cliffs: Rock climbing