Frequently Asked Questions for the International Summer School

Frequently asked questions

Accommodation

The College is conveniently located in Sydney’s inner west and is close to Strathfield, Burwood, Concord, Homebush, and Sydney Olympic Park. Although we do not provide accommodation, there are several options available to those travelling from regional and interstate areas. 

Many interstate visitors choose to stay in the CBD and commute via train to North Strathfield station for convenience. The train station leads directly onto the McDonald College campus.  

There are many options to suit a variety of budgets in the city.  See here for Sydney CBD Accommodation  and here for Sydney Olympic Park Hotels.

Cancellations and refunds

  • You will be offered a refund if ISS2023 is cancelled or you cannot attend due to Government-imposed travel restrictions. (No compensation will be offered for any travel and/or accommodation expenses.) 
  • If you are sick or injured before ISS2023 we can issue a refund, less a 15% administration fee, upon presentation of a medical certificate.  
  • If you no longer wish to attend ISS2023 due to concerns about COVID-19, this may be treated as a ‘change of mind’.  
  • Refunds may be offered at our discretion, depending on the circumstances and the date you contact us. 
  • We cannot issue refunds once ISS has commenced. 

Child protection policy

You can read The McDonald College Child protection policy here.

COVID-19 safety plan

The McDonald College and its employees and contractors will fulfil all obligations as per public health orders to minimise the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on our premises. We require all participants of ISS2023 to adhere to the same.

Discounts

I have attended ISS in the past.

Past students of ISS will be emailed a unique code for a further 10% discount to apply at the TryBooking checkout.

I am a student of The McDonald College / After Hours. Do I get a discount?

All current students of The McDonald College (including current After Hours students) will receive a unique code for a 10% discount to apply at the TryBooking checkout.

Are there discounts for the general public?

Yes! Students can take advantage of the Early Bird discount (10%) until 15 September 2021.

Medical information

Students are to email us a Medical Consent prior to ISS2023 commencing in order to participate. If applicable, please email us Medical Action Plans prior to ISS2023 commencing.  

I haven’t received a booking confirmation yet

TryBooking, the ticketing system we use, automatically sends an email confirmation once you have paid and the transaction has been completed.   

If you have paid and have not received either of these emails, please contact us at hello@internationalsummerschool.com.au and supply your name and details. 

Can parents watch any of the classes?

On the final day, Saturday 20 January 2023, parents will be invited to observe a class and a demonstration of work achieved at ISS2023.

Photography / videography

By participating in ISS2023, you understand and agree that photographs taken during ISS which include your child may be used to educate students or for promotional purposes. Please read our website for more information. You may opt out of this, by letting us know via email in advance of the program commencing.

Physiotherapy

We have a Physiotherapist who will be available on certain days to assist students with injuries.

Privacy policy

You can read The McDonald College Privacy policy here.

Are private lessons available?

Yes, bookings for 1 or 2 private lessons will be on offer to Senior and Pre-Professional students. Further information and booking will be available towards the end of the year.

What do I need to bring or prepare?

Students will be emailed an International Summer School Information Pack in December, which details what to bring in terms of clothing and everything they need to know before attending.

Is lunch provided?

Students are welcome to purchase fresh hot and cold food from The McDonald College cafeteria each day. Due to safety restrictions, students must stay at the College on lunch breaks.