Australia is one of the most popular destinations in the world for international students. The city of Sydney, with its spectacular student lifestyle and friendly locals, is the ultimate choice for a study adventure abroad. Aspire English’s campus locations in Sydney’s central business district and in the beachside suburb of Manly are irresistible choices for our international students.
World Class Education
Aspire English, part of Aspire Institute, in Sydney offers students English classes designed to not only develop language skills but also to provide an Australian cultural and social experience. The learning and teaching staff at Aspire English prepare students for a smooth transition to further studies in Australia with personalised attention, small class sizes and continuous academic support.
Aspire English offers English language courses to suit your study needs. Choose from General English for conversational English, or Cambridge English for Cambridge test preparation and further study preparation, depending on your level of English proficiency. Many students choose to progress to further studies offered by Aspire Institute, or progress to a bachelor degree (and postgraduate degree) at the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS).
Accommodation costs vary depending on where you choose to live. Use the following as a guide:
- Share Houses & Shared Accommodation: $100-250 per week
- Rent: $185-440 per week
- On-campus accommodation: $396 – $469 per week (including meals)
Aspire students have the opportunity to live in student accommodation during their studies. Aspire and ICMS students can choose to stay at on-campus or off-campus student accommodation. For more information on student accommodation, click here.
Staying in Aspire student accommodation is the ideal way to immerse yourself in student life, make friends and stay connected with all that Aspire English has to offer.
Aspire students have exclusive access to a range of convenient and fully-furnished accommodation options in one of Sydney’s most desirable neighbourhoods. Whether you are looking to stay in Manly’s iconic ‘castle on the hill’ or prefer the independence of a self-catered off-campus residence, the Aspire and ICMS accommodation team can guide you on your options.
Sydney has an affordable and easy to use public transport system that connects the central business district with the broader Sydney area. You will need an Opal card to travel on trains, buses, ferries and light rail. Students can travel by public transport between Manly and the city, by taking a bus or a ferry on Sydney Harbour.
- Light Rail
The cost of living in Australia depends on many varying factors such as choice of accommodation, location and individual students’ spending habits. The Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa and hence to cover the cost of living expenses in Australia. From 23 October 2019, the amount for the primary applicant is $21,041.
The Cost of Living Calculator offered by Insider Guides is a great tool to help discover your living costs in Australia, depending on your lifestyle.
Use this as a general living expenses guide while in studying in Sydney:
- Groceries and eating out: $80 to $200 per week
- Mobile phone: $30 – $80 per month
- Gas, electricity: $60 to $100 per week
- Phone and Internet: $20 to $50 per week
- Public transport: $10 to $50 per week
- Entertainment: $50 to $100 per week
A significant part of your Australian adventure will be meeting people from diverse cultures. Australia is a multicultural, inclusive and diverse country and Australians are proud of their friendly and welcoming global reputation.
There is an extensive range of support networks in place at Aspire English, including:
- Wellness Support
- Academic Support and English Assistance
- IT/Computer Support
- Social and Cultural Diversity
- Safety and Security
Aspire English is committed to the personal wellbeing of its students physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. We recognise that personal wellbeing is important for students to progress academically with a positive approach to their education and campus experience.
There is an extensive range of support networks in place at Aspire English. There is also access to professional counselling, when required. Click here to learn more.
Quality Assurance & Compliance
The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education. TEQSA has regulatory responsibility for English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS). ELICOS courses can be delivered by a registered higher education provider and must comply with requirements set out in the:
- ESOS Act 2000
- National Code 2018
- ELICOS National Standard 2018
Australia provides rigorous protection for international students through the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act) and related legislation (including the National Code of Practice 2018) which protects and enhances Australia’s reputation for quality education and provides tuition protection and supports the integrity of the student visa program.
Aspire English is also a member of English Australia, the national peak body for the English language sector of international education in Australia. They help to ensure that quality English language programs are delivered to students from around the world.
Aspire English is also quality endorsed by NEAS (National English Language Teaching Accreditation Scheme Limited). This quality endorsement is only accessible to well-respected providers offering quality English language programs complying with strict standards. Not only has NEAS quality endorsed the face -to- face Aspire English courses but it has awarded Aspire English a gold standard NEAS rating for its online delivery of General English and Academic English courses.
There’s something Australians are known around the world for – that’s their amazing lifestyle. Australia is blessed with some of the most spectacular natural landscapes in the world so it comes as no surprise that Australians love to enjoy the good things in life: the beautiful beaches, global shopping experiences, cafe culture, and world-class restaurants.
Aussies find countless ways to kick off their shoes and enjoy their lifestyle, be it surfing, fishing, kayaking, picnicking, sharing an impromptu game of beach cricket or just soaking up some sunshine.
There’s something else Aussies are known for, and that is our easy-going, friendly attitude. Food, events, art and history are all vital parts of the Australian culture, but what really distinguishes Aussies is the laid-back outlook on life. It’s the reason you’ll hear the words “no worries, mate” exchanged between strangers on the street.
Aspire would love to welcome you to our campus and share your Australian adventure with you.