Study with Ikon
Ikon is a private Institute of Higher Education and has been helping people help others for over thirty years.
Our higher education courses in arts therapy, counselling and psychotherapy, and early childhood education will help you develop the knowledge and skills to move forward with a rewarding career as a therapist or educator. Ikon students are diverse but are connected by a common desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
Ikon will provide you with a unique education experience. Our goal is to develop professionals with the knowledge and skills to contribute to an international community committed to social change, healing and learning.
With campuses in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney you get to choose where you will study, explore and gain a new global perspective.
Ikon is registered to deliver the following courses to overseas students in Australia:
How to Apply
Once you make an initial enquiry into studying with the Ikon Institute of Australia, our course advisors and support team will take you through the detailed steps from the initial submission of your application to starting the first day of your learning journey!
Here is a snap shot of the application process. Apply using these forms:
Once we process your application, if you meet the education / eligibility requirements, you will be sent a Letter of Offer. At this stage, we invite you to Accept your Offer.You will be sent a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE). You will need to apply for a student visa. You organise your travel and other arrangements in Australia. This is likely to include travel and temporary accomodation. Have a look at the orientation activities. Start Learning!
International applicants may be accepted into a course of study at Ikon where they achieve the following:
1. Are at least 18 years of age at the time of application
2. Satisfy the academic admission criteria most relevant to their relevant circumstances
3. Satisfy any course specific admissions criteria for their chosen course
4. Satisfy the published English Language Proficiency for their chosen course
5. Participate in an interview
Under the Australian Government’s Simplified Student Visa Framework, international applicants must also satisfy Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) visa requirements. As part of the International Student Application Form, applicants will be required to complete a series of GTE screening questions.
English Language Proficiency Requirements
Studying in Australia
Bringing Family to Australia
If you are intending to bring school aged children with you to Australia, they must go to school full time if aged between 5-18. You will be required to pay school fees for your children.
Working in Australia
If you are an international student in Australia on a valid student visa you may work for up to 20 hours per week (Monday to Sunday) during the teaching trimester. There is no limit on the number of hours you may work during recognised
The 20-hour-per-week limit does not extend to any work you are required to undertake as a component of your studies or training. Volunteer and unpaid work, however, does count towards the 20 hours. If you work more than the Australian restrictions allow, your visa may be cancelled.
Family members (spouses and children) accompanying you under your student visa have the same work rights as you – 20 hours per week. Unlike you, family members may not exceed 20 hours per week, even during holiday periods. Family members are also not allowed to work until after you have started your course.
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is compulsory health insurance for all international students for the duration of their studies in Australia. The OSHC helps international students meet the costs of medical and hospital care. It also includes ambulance costs and some pharmaceuticals. There are many different health insurance providers that offer OSHC. We recommended you have a look at and compare the costs and benefits of each provider.
You can find detailed information about OSHC, its requirements, and providers at Private Health Australia.
Cost of Living
The Australian Government requires students to have the funds to meet living costs. This amount is currently $21,041 (Australian dollars) per year. Your living costs may vary depending on your lifestyle and personal preferences. More information on the cost of living in Australia can be found here.
Australian currency uses the decimal system of dollar and cents. The Australian dollar ($) is a national currency and accepted across all states and territories. If you plan to transfer funds to Australia then make sure to take notice of exchange rates and any associated fees.
Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) are located everywhere, including at the airport. You can immediately withdraw cash from your overseas bank account at ATMs displaying the Cirrus Logo if your ATM card has international access. Check this with your financial institution before leaving home.
- Credit cards
All major international credit cards are accepted in Australia but often repayments to these cards can only be made in the country where they were issued. Do not rely on being able to get a credit card once you arrive in Australia because this is very difficult due to credit and identification laws.
- Electronic transfer
You can transfer money into Australia by electronic transfer at any time. This is a fast option and will take approximately 48 hours, but the bank will charge a fee on every transaction. You are able to pre-open a bank account before you arrive.
Orientation & Student Services
When to Arrive
Admission and Enrolment
After you return your ‘Acceptance of Offer’ to Ikon, staff will enrol you into your chosen qualification and advise you via email.
Most international students look back on the time they spend studying and living in Australia as a challenging yet rewarding adventure. Remember, getting used to anything new or different takes a while. Our friendly staff and students will be waiting to answer your questions and to help you with more information about studying at Ikon and living in Australia once you arrive.
Ikon International Student Orientation
In addition to our main O-week activities, additional sessions are held for our international students, covering:
- Support services to help you adjust to studying in Australia
- Australian culture and customs
- English language and study assistance programs
- legal services
- how to access emergency and health services
- health and safety tips for living in Australia
- how you can access academic and non-academic support services at Ikon
- costs of living in Australia
- how to access accommodation support services
- Ikon’s internal and external complaints and appeals processes
- information about course progress and attendance
- Information about visa conditions
- services you can access for information on your employment rights and conditions, and how to resolve workplace issues, such as through the Fair Work Ombudsman
- how to seek assistance for, and report, an incident that significantly impacts your wellbeing
- supporting services if you are undertaking online study
- key staff contact details
It is compulsory for all new international students to attend O-week. But more importantly, it will ensure that you will transition successfully into your studies at Ikon!
Some international students within certain campuses will have access to discounted travel on public service, through their Ikon student card. For further details see links below
The Ikon Institute is committed to providing a supportive and positive environment for all members of its community and beyond. This extends to providing student support throughout the entirety of a students’ journey with us. You can view more details about the services we provide here.
We recommend that you decide on where you would like to live, based on the campus you choose to study at. Please click on the links below for further information.
If you have not arranged long-term accommodation in Australia, it is essential to book temporary accommodation before your arrival. Please make your own temporary accommodation arrangements and bookings, as IKON does not run a temporary accommodation booking service. You can search for temporary accommodation through:
How much will it cost?
When should I book?
We recommend that you book your temporary accommodation at least two weeks before you travel to Australia.
For how long should I book accomodation?
The Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000, or ESOS Act, establishes legislative requirements and standards for the quality assurance of education and training institutions offering courses to international students who are in Australia on a student visa. ESOS also provides tuition fee protection for international students. You can view the ESOS framework here.
The following polices have been designed in the best interest of our international students and the organisation alike, to ensure the highest standard of services provision and learning outcomes possible.
Department of Home Affairs (DHA)
The Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs (DHA) issues visas for entry into Australia. DHA provides comprehensive information about student visa requirements and the application process, as well as application document checklists to assist you with your application click here.
Education Agents List
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)
In your home country, all matters relating to your student visa are managed by the immigration section of the Australian Diplomatic Mission (the Australian High commission, consulate or Embassy), visit: https://www.dfat.gov.au/