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International student info

Situated in the heart of one of the world’s most beautiful cities in the world, SIBT a leading higher education institution which helps both Australian and international students integrate into university.

Since 1997, SIBT has helped more than 21,000 students prepare for university success. When comparing academic results of a direct university student versus a SIBT student, SIBT students have proven to perform better is top academic areas such as Actuarial studies, Business Admin, Engineering, and Information Technology.

With an annual progression rate of over 90% each year, we are proud to help our students make their dream of studying at one of Australia’s top 10 universities a reality!

How to apply

International students can apply to SIBT directly through our online application form or through a SIBT representative in your local area. For any questions on how to apply, please contact us.

Obtaining a student visa

As an international student intending to study in Australia, you must obtain a student visa from an Australian Diplomatic Mission in your home country before journeying to Australia.

Documentation that you will require from SIBT before you can apply for a visa:

  • Letters of Offer from SIBT and Macquarie University

  • Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) from SIBT and Macquarie University after the respective fees and charges have been paid

For more detailed information about applying for a student visa and obtaining student visa application forms, visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Please note: Students who apply through an in-country SIBT representative will receive assistance with the student visa application process.

Before you arrive

A month before your semester commences, SIBT will email you the details of your orientation, including the date and time of the orientation session.

When you come to Australia, make sure to bring copies of all your documentation with you, including your passport, visa and credit cards. Keep the originals in your hand luggage and leave a copy of all of your important documents with someone at home.

You will also need to consider the following:

Accommodation references

  • If you plan to rent accommodation, try and bring references from people who know you e.g. family friends or schoolteachers - this will make signing a tenancy agreement a lot easier.

Medical records

  • Bring your medical records and any prescriptions with a letter from your doctor; you should also bring an English translation of these documents.

Passport photos

  • Bringing a few extra passport photos with you is a good idea, as they will be useful if you need to get membership cards or visas for overseas holidays.

Money

  • You should bring enough Australian currency in cash for your first few days, and have access to $1,500 to $3,500 in bank draft/travellers' cheques (in your own name) to get established.

Living costs

  • Living in Australia is relatively cost effective compared to other western countries; an international student in Sydney will require approximately AU$18,610-AU$21,000 for living expenses each year (not including tuition fees).

Use this checklist to make sure you have all the documents you need

  • Airline tickets and a valid passport with student visa.
  • SIBT's letter of offer with your Conformation of Enrolment (CoE).
  • Receipts of any related payments you have made including tuition fees, health cover, etc.
  • Original or certified copies of your academic transcript.
  • English translation of prescriptions for any medications you are carrying.
  • Personal identification such as driver's licence or identity card, including English translation.

Luggage requirements

The check-in weight for economy class flights is usually 20kg (check baggage allowance with your airline). Your luggage should be clearly labelled with your name and contact address. It is advisable to lock your luggage, however, if a search of your luggage is necessary due to security issues the lock may be broken. Never agree to bring a bag or other items to Australia for someone else as it may contain something illegal and you will be held accountable for it.

Working in Australia

If you are arriving in Australia to study on a student visa, you will already have permission to work automatically included with your visa. You will be able to work a maximum of 20 hours a week during semester and unlimited hours during semester breaks. The income earned from part-time work is not adequate to cover study and living costs. For further information on working in Australia, visit DIBP's website at www.immi.gov.au/students

International students under 18

International students under 18 years of age must either:

  • live with a parent, legal guardian or person aged over 21 years who is nominated by your parent (or legal guardian), or;
  • provide evidence of guardianship arrangements.

Guardianship arrangements can be made through an acceptable SIBT homestay organisation, which involves living with an Australian family in your own furnished bedroom.

Please note: If you are under 18 years of age and do not live with a parent, legal guardian or person nominated by your parents, you must consult SIBT's Student Services manager prior to changing your accommodation or other welfare arrangements. This is a requirement of the Australian Government.

International student protection act (ESOS)

The Australian Government has also created a governance framework designed to protect international students during their studies in Australia. It's called the ESOS Framework. Read more about the ESOS Framework.

Hear what other students have to say about their experiences

Josh Garber - Australia

What are you going to study at Macquarie afterwards?

B Commerce double major - International Business and Marketing

Plans for the future?

Study, work and travel

Favourite thing about studying at SIBT/Macquarie?

Everyone at SIBT is very helpful and it's been a great place to start university

Where can we find you at the weekend?

Hopefully at the pub

Part-time job?

I work at a pharmacy and own/manage a perfume and cosmetic importation business

Best thing about Sydney?

The beaches

Abdullah Zamil - Saudi Arabia

What are you going to study at Macquarie afterwards?

Bachelor of Information Technology (Software Technology)

Plans for the future?

To finish my Bachelor degree and then pursue my Masters

Favourite thing about studying at SIBT/Macquarie?

No other institution would give me the balance between academic study and social experience

Where can we find you at the weekend?

In the city or at the cinema

The one thing you couldn't live without?

My girlfriend, the internet, my mobile

Best thing about Sydney?

Heaps to do

Angela Battistini - Australia

What are you going to study at Macquarie afterwards?

Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Human Resources

Plans for the future?

My plans are to just be successful in every aspect of life and work hard/strive for it

Favourite thing about studying at SIBT/Macquarie?

You get to meet the most awesome people from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds

Where can we find you at the weekend?

With my family and friends

Part-time job?

Hairdresser's assistant

Best thing about Sydney?

The people

Chhay Taing - Cambodia

What are you going to study at Macquarie afterwards?

Bachelor of Economics

Plans for the future?

Masters in Economics

Favourite thing about studying at SIBT/Macquarie?

The great study environment

Where can we find you at the weekend?

I often go to the gym at the Macquarie Sport and Aquatic Centre.

Where can we find you online?

Facebook

The one thing you couldn't live without?

Oxygen!

Best thing about Sydney?

Lovely, beautiful city

Zaw Myo Htut - Myanmar

What are you going to study at Macquarie afterwards?

Bachelor of Information Technology

Plans for the future?

Work for Bioware games studio

Favourite thing about studying at SIBT/Macquarie?

Studying at a large campus with incredible facilities and great lecturers

Where can we find you at the weekend?

Home or at Macquarie Centre

Where can we find you online?

Facebook or Google Talk

The one thing you couldn't live without?

Macbook and Xbox

Best thing about Sydney?

Beautiful places

Jade Tang - China

What are you going to study at Macquarie afterwards?

Bachelor of Commerce-Professional Accounting

Plans for the future?

To be an excellent accountant

Favourite thing about studying at SIBT/Macquarie?

The multi-cultural environment

Where can we find you at the weekend?

Library or Top Ryde shopping centre

Where can we find you online?

Ren Ren, QQ

The one thing you couldn't live without?

Music

Best thing about Sydney?

Sunshine, people, harmony

Irena Chan - Vietnam

What are you going to study at Macquarie afterwards?

Bachelor of Commerce-Marketing

Plans for the future?

Masters at Macquarie

Favourite thing about studying at SIBT/Macquarie?

The friendly and pleasant atmosphere

Where can we find you at the weekend?

Bondi Beach or at home watching movies

Where can we find you online?

Email

The one thing you couldn't live without?

Fashion

Best thing about Sydney?

Weather, shopping, SIBT

Erman Yuksekdevrez - Turkey

Plans for the future?

I'd like to stay here and work after finishing university

Favourite thing about studying at SIBT/Macquarie?

The quality of education. I don't have any doubts about it and I am very happy I have chosen SIBT/Macquarie. Another important thing is that the events never end at our campus; there is a lot of fun here

Where can we find you at the weekend?

The beach or exploring different beautiful and natural places around Sydney

The one thing you couldn't live without?

Peace of mind; and at SIBT I have everything, especially peace

Best thing about Sydney?

Multi-cultural, natural, people