On their first morning at P.I.C.E. all students attend an Orientation Program, which provides them with information and advice about the College, living in Perth, visa requirements, travel concessions, opening a bank account and medical insurance. Students have an opportunity to meet each other and key P.IC.E. staff and are taken on a tour of the college and surrounding areas.
On your first morning at school, you will be given a test to help us decide the best class for you. The test includes a grammar test, writing test and an interview which evaluates your speaking and listening skills.
8.45 - 9.00 Introduction and administrative details. Please bring your passport and two passport-size photographs.
9.00 - 11.15 Grammar test, writing test and interview
11.15 - 12.00 Local Area Tour and school orientation
12.00 - 12.50 LUNCH
12.50 - 13.15 Results of test and class placement
13.15 - 14.20 Your first class!
14.20 - 14.30 Break time for full-time students.
14.30 - 15.15 Final class of the day.
15.15 - 17.00 Access to self-study materials and computers
Our friendly staff member welcoming students on their first day.
A dedicated Student Services Co-ordinator is available at P.I.C.E to book accommodation for students, assist them with their enquiries and advise them on all aspects of accommodation in Perth.
P.I.C.E. believes homestay accommodation can be of great benefit to English Language students, as they are able to experience authentic English in a family environment. Even if students would prefer to live in a private shared house, we recommend students start in homestay accommodation for the first four weeks, while they look for suitable shared accommodation.
All P.I.C.E homestays are carefully chosen to ensure students receive a high standard of accommodation and a warm, friendly welcome to Western Australia.
Homestay students have their own room with a bed, desk and wardrobe space. Students in homestay receive breakfast and dinner during the week (half board) and breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday and public holidays.
Most P.I.C.E homestays are within 45 minutes travelling time from the school by bus and/or train. Perth has an easy-to-use and inexpensive public transport system. The P.I.C.E student card entitles students who study for six weeks or more to buy a student ticket for Perth’s transport system. which gives a 45% discount on adult fares. Students are responsible for their own travel costs between their homestay and P.I.C.E.
Some students prefer to stay in a hostel. P.I.C.E can book students into a local hostel only 15 minutes walk from the college. This option is for the more independent students who wants to enjoy city living at an affordable price. You will have your own room and shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. For more information about facilities and prices have a look at the Townsend Lodge website.
Some students who are going to be in Australia for a number of years studying may prefer to rent a house with other students or friends. Properties are advertised on the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia website and in the local papers. You may need to pay four weeks rent up front as well as a bond of a month’s rent and the cost of getting the gas, electricity and telephone connected.
The P.I.C.E. Student Services team organises its own activities. Every Friday afternoon there is a different activity. This can be anything from beach volleyball to horseriding, or a museum visit to Bike riding in Kings Park. The activities programme is varied and suits every student budget. All the activities are accompanied by a teacher or member of staff.
There are also plenty of weekend excursions to join. P.I.C.E. works together with a local tour company which specialises in student getaways in Western Australia. Amongst the popular ones are Monkey Mia, South West Trip or Pinnacles at Sunset. Bookings and payments can be made at P.I.C.E. and a new programme is available at reception every month.
You can download the latest programme in pdf format HERE.
The Demi Pair programme is designed for students who want to work for and live with an Australian family while they follow full time language studies at P.I.C.E. The programme is only open to female applicants over the age of eighteen who have at least an elementary knowledge of English. She must be a holder of a working holiday visa or a student visa. Students work 3 hours per day, 5 days a week. Students can agree to work extra hours for which an allowance will be paid. In exchange students receive their own room and full board (3 meals per day).
AU PAIR CONNECTIONS AUSTRALIA
To study in Australia you must have a valid visa. International students are required to satisfy all conditions of their Australian visa regulations. Students may study on several types of visa which have differing regulations.
The main types of visa for international students:
Visas are issued for the period of the course plus one month.
International students are not permitted to study part-time.
Perth International College of English is required to report to Department of Immigration and Citizenship any student in breach of visa requirements such as unsatisfactory attendance and academic progress. Students must attend 80% of classes.
Students must be covered by Overseas Student Health Cover for the period they are studying in Australia
Students may work 20 hours per week.
For those who are under 18 years of age on student visa, special conditions apply
Students must reside with Perth International College of English homestay unless they have a parent, custodian or relative who has been nominated by their parents.
Students must abide by the rules and regulations put in place for their welfare and support.
Students may also study on:
Working Holiday Visa
Dependent Spouse Visa
P.I.C.E. knows that arriving in a foreign country can be a stressful experience for some students. In order to make this arrival as easy and stress-free as possible, P.I.C.E. can provide an airport pick up.
If you requested an airport pick up, driver from Towncars will be waiting for you in the arrival hall. He will be taking you to your accommodation. Mobile 0411 577 350
If you have not requested an airport pick up, you can take a taxi or a shuttle bus. For information on the shuttle bus, please have a look at www.perthairportconnect.com.au
PICE’s emergency number is (61)421 871 820
The welfare of students is important to us. Our friendly staff are available to offer students assistance and advice regarding: academic progress, pathways to schools, colleges, university and study skills.