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Student Support Services

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Academic Support

If you are experiencing language difficulties, are behind in your studies, at risk of failing or simply wish to improve your social skills, we have all-inclusive Student Academic Support Service programs targeted especially to help you.

These classes and sessions will provide you with support in the following areas:

  • Reading and comprehension for assessments and lesson notes

  • Verbal and visual presentation skills

  • Referencing skills

  • Researching from the Internet, journals and texts

  • Ongoing practise in conversing and presenting in English

  • Developing confidence and self-esteem in order to assimilate into, comprehend and enjoy future classes, and;

  • Creating letters of application and resumes for future employment.

If you wish to make an appointment with our friendly academic support staff please contact us.

Student Counselling

At Australian Virtus Institute, we know that student life can be both exciting and challenging. If you are experiencing personal difficulties, we will support you in both your academic progress and overall well being.  

As part of our student support and wellbeing program, our counsellor is available at our Adelaide campus AND also available via telephone counselling support.

You can access confidential counselling for issues such as:

  • Mental health issues, including anxiety, stress and depression

  • Cultural shock and homesickness

  • Trauma, loss, and abuse

  • Bullying, harassment and discrimination

  • Study/work/life balance

If you wish to make an appointment with our counsellors, please send us an email or call us!

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Before and After Arrival in Australia - International Students

You have made a very important life decision to study at Australian Virtus Institute (AVI) and we look forward to welcoming you. International students who are going to apply for their visas should read the following information and be prepared before arriving in Australia.

AVI is an accredited and approved education provider with a CRICOS registration.

GTE (Genuine Temporary Entrant) Requirements.

It is important that students applying to study in Australia on a student visa are aware of the GTE requirements issued by the Department of Home Affairs. For more information please click here.

Please view here for the Student visa (Suclass 500) requirements by the Department of Home Affairs.

 

Health Insurance for International Students – OSHC

Students applying for a student visa must have adequate health insurance cover while in Australia and must not arrive in Australia before their health insurance starts. If you are in Australia and do not have adequate health insurance, you are in breach of your student visa conditions. You need to purchase the OSHC (Overseas Students Health Cover) from insurance providers, or as an alternative, AVI can arrange to obtain the required health cover for you. Students may opt for this service at no additional service fee cost, apart from paying for the actual insurance cover that is arranged from third party insurance companies.

Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO)

Once you have been granted a visa and arrived safely in Australia, please ensure you check that your visa details and conditions are all correct (including your passport details, date of birth and class of visa) by visiting the website.

Unique Student Identifier (USI)

Whether you are an international student or a domestic student who is undertaking nationally accredited training, you will need a USI number. After you are granted a student visa, please register and ensure you have a number. For more information and how to register please visit:

Accommodation & Transportation

Adelaide

With the perfect mix of city and beach life, thousands of people head to Adelaide every year to start their student life.  Adelaide offers balance. It's a city famous for colourful and diverse communities, beautiful rural landscapes, historic sandstone cityscapes, thriving local industries, bustling businesses, low unemployment rates and a healthy economy.

Adelaide experiences mild winters and a warm, dry summer.

It has an average maximum temperature of 29°C (84.2°F) in summer and 15 - 16°C (59 - 60.8°F) in winter. 

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Welcome to Adelaide!

Adelaide offers a wide variety of accommodation to suit students in either share houses or private residences that can hold an entire family. Choose from apartment living in the cosmopolitan inner city, or a spacious house or unit with a garden in the picturesque suburbs. It’s a city renowned for its high quality, safe student accommodation in a range of settings.

For more information about student accommodation and some handy hints and tips, you can access the South Australia government website for more information:

https://studyadelaide.com/why-adelaide/life-in-adelaide/accommodation

Transportation

Getting Around

Adelaide is an easy city to get around. The metropolitan area has a great range of options for public transport, driving, and walking.

To use public transport including buses, trains, and trams in Adelaide, it’s recommended that you purchase a metroCARD for use on the Adelaide Metro network. You can purchase a regular metroCARD, or a metroCARD Visitor Pass, which gives you three days of unlimited travel for one fixed fee. These cards can be collected from the ground floor arrivals area at Adelaide Airport, or from Adelaide Railway Station or the Adelaide Metro InfoCentre in the city.

If you choose a regular metroCARD, initially you’ll need to load it with some money to cover your fares. You can do this online, at metroCARD retail agents, or using ticket machines at train stations. To start your ride, tap your card on the reader when you board your selected mode of transport and be sure to tap off when you disembark.

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TRAINS

Adelaide’s rail network is a great way to visit attractions outside of the city. From Adelaide Railway Station, you can catch the Outer Harbor line train to reach destinations such as historic Port Adelaide and the beachside suburb of Semaphore. Trains depart every 20-30 minutes throughout the day.

TRAMS

Adelaide has a useful tram service that operates through the city centre and inner suburbs. It’s most convenient for travel within the city and reaching the popular coastal suburb of Glenelg. The service runs every 10-15 minutes from around 7am to midnight. The tram is free to use in Adelaide city centre between Entertainment Centre Station and South Terrace Station. It links with popular bus routes, and passes major attractions such as Rundle Mall, Adelaide Central Market, and West End.

BUSES

Adelaide has a free City Connector bus service in the city centre. There are multiple bus loops including the 98A/98C loop and the 99A/99C loop which operate in both clockwise and anticlockwise directions and depart every 15-30 minutes, seven days a week. These buses are particularly useful for travel between Adelaide’s downtown hotels and attractions such as the South Australian MuseumAdelaide Botanic GardenAdelaide ZooAdelaide Oval, and North Adelaide.

GETTING TO AND FROM THE AIRPORT

Public buses are an easy way to get to Adelaide Airport from the city. The JetExpress bus collects passengers from the city, stopping near many downtown hotels, and runs services to the airport approximately every hour. You can use the metroCARD to pay for this airport service, which costs the same as a regular bus fare within the city.

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