Overseas Students

Perth Bible College is an approved overseas provider (CRICOS Provider Code 00986G) for its own courses.

Additionally, as a Campus of Australian College of Christian Studies (ACCS) (CRICOS Provider Code 03375M), Perth Bible College also offers ACCS’ Bachelor of Counselling. ACCS is also a Member Institution of Sydney College of Divinity (SCD) and teaches their awards, allowing PBC to also offer various SCD postgraduate awards. SCD (CRICOS Provider Code 02948J) is recognised by the Commonwealth Government as a Higher Education Provider, offering accredited higher education courses in theology and ministry to equip people for effective professional research and ministry in a rapidly changing environment. All students who are Australian citizens can access FEE-HELP and full-time students may be eligible for Austudy.

PBC can only provide its courses to overseas students so long as the College is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). This includes ensuring PBC complies with all of its obligations under the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act). The Act, its legislation and National Code, known as the ESOS Framework, are designed to protect the interests of students coming to Australia on a Student Visa, including tuition protections services.

For more information regarding the College’s commitment to its compliance to the ESOS Act, please see ESOS Compliance Policy.

Overseas Students who decide to study in Australia are advised to be familiar with the ESOS Framework. Additionally, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment has released a factsheet for overseas students containing important information about their rights and responsibilities while studying in Australia.

The Tuition Protection Service (TPS) is an initiative of the Australian Government to assist overseas students whose education providers are unable to fully deliver their course of study. In the unlikely event PBC is unable to deliver a course an overseas student has paid for and cannot meet its obligations to either offer the student an alternative course that or pay a refund of the student’s unspent prepaid tuition fees (this is called a provider’s ‘default obligations’), the TPS will assist the student in finding an alternative course or to get a refund if a suitable alternative is not found.

For the formal arrangements made by PBC regarding its course assurance obligations, please see its Statement of Tuition Assurance.

For more information on the Tuition Protection Service, please see their website: https://www.dese.gov.au/tps.

Important Information for PBC Overseas Students

ACCS International Student Handbook and Guide

Important Information for SCD Overseas Students

Full-Time Students

To apply for full-time study at PBC either download the Course Guide or alternatively, you can contact PBC and we will send you an information pack.

We recommend that, prior to sending us your application, you contact the Australian Immigration authorities, find out how to apply for a student visa, and determine what the specific visa requirements are and whether you can meet them.

Be aware that it could take up to 12 weeks to complete visa procedures once you have been accepted to study at PBC so you should begin your application well before when you intend to begin your studies.

Full details of the application process can be found in the Admissions Policy.

Part-Time, External and Audit Students

We advise all Australian non-citizens to contact the Australian Immigration authorities to ensure undertaking part-time, external, or audit studies at PBC does not breach any requirements or restrictions of your current visa.

For more information, please see How to Apply page.

Perth is Australia’s fourth largest city, with a population of some 1.5 million people. It is the capital of the State of Western Australia and lies on the banks of the Swan River. Perth has the sophistication of a big city, with fine shops, restaurants, and sporting and cultural facilities, yet it also offers a clean, safe, and friendly environment to live in. Perth is a beautiful well-planned city, with magnificent waterways, golden sand, surfing and swimming beaches along the coast, and an extremely pleasant all year round Mediterranean like climate.

On the far west coast of Australia, Perth is one of the world’s most liveable cities. Unmarred by smog or pollution and with an average of eight hours of sunshine every day, it is home base for the West’s enormous mineral and energy projects. For sailing, swimming, snorkelling or just soaking up the sun, there are few places on earth like Perth. From overseas Perth can be reached by regular international air services. And from the rest of Australia by domestic flights or by bus or train. Perth is a multicultural city and has a variety of stores which cater to people from many different countries. There are also a number of excellent markets located throughout the city.

Perth’s hottest month is February with an average maximum temperature of 30C and a minimum of 19C. The coolest month is July having an average maximum of 18C and minimum of 9C. Perth has a perfect climate for outdoor activities and living much of the year. For more information on living in Perth see these websites: http://wa.gov.au/governmentservices/aboutwahttp://www.tourism.wa.gov.au

Living at Perth Bible College provides you with the convenience of having a large shopping centre (over 140 shops), excellent public beaches, a golf course, and access to public transport, all within easy walking distance from your front door. Living on site will give you the added advantage of having a fully furnished unit at a relatively low cost, complete with gas and electricity already connected, and a safe environment and play area for children.

The college has 24 self-contained units for student accommodation. A single student living on campus should be able to manage on around $1500 per month. A family living on campus at PBC could manage to live on around $2000-$2500 per month. These figures would include general living costs, and exclude course costs, books etc, schooling of children, and do not allow for extras like running a vehicle. Children are required to attend school from year 1. Obviously, costs vary for each individual situation (for Immigration finance requirements visit https://seekvisa.com.au/student-visa-financial-capacity-requirements/). While holding a student visa you are permitted to work up to 20 hours a week during semester time and full-time during the holidays to supplement your income.

Public schooling is close by, with the primary school only being a short walk away from the College. All children from the age of 6 must be enrolled in a primary school. Secondary school begins at age 12 or 13. All children enrolled at a government or non-government (private) school will be required to pay full school fees. Please visit https://www.tafeinternational.wa.edu.au/your-study-options/study-at-school/school-tuition-fees for current information on children and education.

To live in Perth is to have all the advantages of city life without feeling like you are in a large city.

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Each student’s circumstances are unique. So for a better idea of what to expect while living in Perth, see StudyPerth’s calculator.

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