This is not an extensive list. Is your question not in the list below? Go ahead and ask us!
Will there be an internet connection in the apartment?
Where will I be living and do I have to find my own accommodation?
We recommend you look at the websites listed below to find suitable accommodation. We want you to live in ethnically diverse areas, in which we are focusing our long term work. It is your responsibility to organize your own living arrangements prior to starting school. Make sure you arrive enough time before the starting date so you can have all your living arrangements finalized and be ready to move in. We can also connect you with other students so that you can organize living arrangements with them.
What payment options do I have for tuition?
What is not included in the price?
What does the Missionary Training School curriculum include?
Visit our curriculum page for all the details!
What can I expect during the 9 months that I am studying?
You will be able to gain knowledge through different materials and have classroom discussions with other students about what you are learning. You will also get to spend time in the community among the different nationalities that live in the area where you will be living. There will be opportunities to teach English, visit homes, start Bible studies, mobilize churches, and make disciples in a marketplace environment. You are required to have 24 ministry hours each week but no more than 30 hours.
How much will rent be?
You can rent a room or a granny flat from www.gumtree.com.au, www.flatmates.com.au, www.flatmate.com or www.homestay.com/australia/sydney which have an average price of AU$150 – $200 per week. Bills are included in some of the listings, and we recommend that you choose accommodation that has bills inclusive to keep costs down. Also, be sure that you have internet access. There are certain zones that we want all students to live in so before committing to accommodation arrangements, we ask that you have it approved by the GFM Sydney leadership.
How much money do I need to raise for the 9 months?
We suggest at least AU$2500/month for the 9 months. (note: single student costs are quoted here) AU$1200/month is an estimate for your housing and tuition. The remaining amount is to allow you to pay your bills (mobile phone, transport, etc), buy groceries and personal items as well as have some fun with your team. You will also want to plan for trips home at Easter and Christmas, if you are an Australian resident.
How can I find out more specifics on the possible degrees offered?
Go visit our partners at Covenant Theological Seminary. http://www.cts-greenville.com/wpsf/?page_id=8240 has the details on the degree offered and how you apply for it.
Does your price include any level of Missionary Training School?
The price listed includes a GFM certificate at the end of graduation. You can do the degree option and then pay an extra US$300, US$600, US$900 directly to Covenant Theological Seminary for the associates, bachelors, or masters Bible degree.
* Degree price will be charged in US dollars because it is an American Seminary
Do I need to purchase my own flights?
Do I need a visa? (Non-Australian Residents Only)
All non-Australian residents will need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa.
Can I watch movies or TV during my time?
Can I stay in Australia longer than 1 year? (Non-Australian Residents Only)
Yes. It is possible to stay in Australia for a second year if you work in a particular field for at least 88 days in the 1st year of you stay. Click here for an application. (Types of work you can do are listed on application)
Can I bring a vehicle?
Yes! Much of your ministry will be within walking distance of where you live, so you may not need to drive. Sydney is a large city and the mass transit system is efficient. Though, a vehicle will be very helpful for getting around. If you are bringing a vehicle, please ensure you budget enough money for petrol and maintenance. Also consider a security system or “club” for protection from thieves.