What is the Work & Study program?

The Work & Study program provides a range of services to assist overseas students with finding paid work in Sydney. In addition to assisting you with getting a job, theWork & Study program is intended to familiarise applicants with the Australian work environment. This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who wants to work and study in Australia.The Work & Study program is available with any English program to Student Visa and Working Holiday Visa holders. Students will attend daily Intensive English classes at language centre in Sydney (General English, Academic English,Business English, IELTS and Cambridge preparation) and follow a regular timetablefrom Monday to Friday (8:30 am – 12:50 pm or 8:30 am – 2:30 pm). Students may start their English course any Monday during the year, and the length of a program varies between 8 and 52 weeks.


Work & Study Job Placement Service

The Work & Study program includes assistance with building a resume, the establishment of a tax file number, work permission (for Australia Student Visa Holders), job formalities, and other information related to working in Australia. We help students get through all the bureaucracy and paperwork to start working.Students are guaranteed up to three job interviews in the hospitality industry. Job placements include bar staff, barista, function waiter, guest relations etc. Job interviews will be held in the first 4 weeks of arrival or when a pre-intermediatelevel of English is attained. The average pay is AU$ 12-18 per hour.


Who can apply for this program?

Students 18 years old and over who possess at least a pre-intermediate English level. Applicants are required to take a pre-enrolment entry test; this will help us ascertainthat they are the right level for the program. If insufficient, the students will be required to study a certain number weeks of Intensive General English before starting the Work & Study program. Full applications must be received at least two months in advance and the studentsneed to register for a minimum of 8 weeks for an English language course at the language centre in Sydney.

Other essential requirements include good health as well as a cheerful and willing attitude. Upon arrival, two checkable references will also be required from the applicants.


Types of visa

Working Holiday Visa: Students on a Working Holiday Visa are only allowed to study for a maximum of 16 weeks and there are no restrictions to the number of working hours allowed. Working Holiday Visa holders will have to organise their own medical insurance.


Student Visa: Student Visa holders can study and undertake the Work & Study program for a maximum of 52 weeks, and they are limited to working 20 hours per week. Student Visa holders have to register with OSHC, the compulsory Australian student medical insurance. It is important that Student Visa applicants understand that the primary purpose of the Student Visa is to study, not to work. Therefore, thework they undertake cannot interfere with or take priority over their study.Support and management of the program.

Students are matched with employers based on their requests and the employers’needs and availability. Before the interview, students will be provided with a profileof their employer outlining the hours and tasks the employer would like the studentto undertake. Students will be provided with an orientation into the program.


The Work & Study Coordinator is in frequent contact with both the employer andthe student to ensure the placement is going smoothly. Support and counselling is available to students at all times to help them in case of communication problems with the employer or any other problem.