Level 6, 11 – 31 York Street
Sydney NSW 2000 Australia
If you are thinking about doing a Professional Year program we are sure you’ll have some questions. From our experience of working with more than 14,500 Professional Year students, we have compiled these Frequently Asked Questions. Our friendly team would also love to discuss your queries and help you to become another successful PE graduate.
The Professional Year program requires an overall IELTS score of 6.0, or the equivalent score from the Pearsons (PTE), TOEFL, iBIT or Cambridge Advanced English tests. For individual IELTS bands (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking), the accounting PY stream requires a score of 6 or above for each, while the IT PY stream requires individual scores of 5 or above for each.
To be eligible for the PY program, students must have completed at least two years of tertiary education in an Australian educational institution in a related accounting or IT field. The program is designed to develop employability skills of international graduates from Australian universities.
Students looking to study the Accounting PY program must provide a formal Skills Assessment to be eligible for enrolment into the program.
However, students looking to study the IT PY program are not required to provide a formal Skills Assessment, as long as they have completed at least two years of tertiary education in Australia in a related IT field.
Sure, we understand life happens and flexibility is required. You are able to take leave, but please be mindful that the longer you are away, the longer your program will be extended, which can be a concern for visa duration, particularly if your graduation date is pushed back. You will be required to make up any subjects or assessments you have missed, which may incur additional fees.
The good news is – yes! You can enrol in the PY program as soon as you get your bridging visa.
Yes. Students have the option to pay their program fee over nine monthly instalments. Performance Education offers the most flexible payment options of any Professional Year provider so you can easily manage your finances.
No. The fees will be the same regardless of the payment option chosen. We are aware of the financial difficulties that some students may face, so the instalment option is simply an alternative to regular full fee payment. We want to help you reach your goal with as much ease as possible.
For our Sydney and Melbourne campuses, we have two study day groups available to students (Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat) and (Wed, Thu, Sun). If you change to a study day outside the group (and there is space available for student changes), your graduation may be delayed and you will be charged a fee. Students who change from a weekday to a weekend will also need to pay any difference in fees.
Students can change at the commencement of each new subject/intake, depending on class availability on the chosen day.
It's easy. You can request a change of study day form by requesting one at reception or emailing your relevant campus for a copy. All requests for change of study day must be submitted by 5pm on Sunday of Week 1, before the start of the next subject.
No. To complete the PY program and get the most of out the experience, you need to follow the stages in order and fulfil the 44 week duration requirement. By having exposure to another internship, you will be provided with further experience that can help increase your employability and chances of landing your dream job.
No, you could potentially keep your current job. As long as your current position meets the following basic criteria, it can be substituted in place of your internship. The criteria includes: (1) The role is 80% related to the IT or accounting fields (whichever is relevant to your PY program); (2) you have your own desk at the company; and (3) you are supervised in that role.
The minimum duration of the program is 44 weeks; this has been determined by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). PY programs that run less than this do not meet DIBP’s guidelines. Although the minimum program length is 44 weeks, if you already have a job in IT or accounting you may be able to use your existing employment for the internship component of the program. We offer this flexibility to suit your situation while at all times ensuring your workplace experience meets Fair Work Australia guidelines.
Yes. To accommodate your life changes, we allow transfer to any of our other campuses during the length of the program without any disruptions – as long as you complete the current subject which you are studying. We have campuses in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth.
Yes! There is nothing more powerful than hearing from the experience of people you know so we definitely encourage you to share your experiences with your friends. If they decide to enrol direct with us we will reward you with $500 for each person you refer once their enrolment is complete. For more information about our Refer-a-Friend program, please click here.
No. It is a requirement that all students must have 12 months left on their visa to be eligible to join the program.
On the surface Professional Year programs may look the same. They go for the same length of time, have a similar structure and cover mostly the same content. That is because all PY providers must be approved and must follow a set of guidelines. However, within those guidelines, PY programs can vary widely in the following areas:
The internship placement assisted me to enhance my communication level as I had to communicate with various people both in writing and speaking.
Abhigya Acharya, Accounting PY Graduate
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