ISS2024 – FAQs

Location & how to get here

  • The College is located in North Strathfield, an inner west suburb of Sydney NSW and an easy 20-minute train trip from Central Station.
  • The McDonald College has a private and secure entrance from the station to the school. A security code to the gate will be provided upon request.
  • Should you choose to drive, there is limited parking on the school grounds and nearby streets.


  • The College is conveniently located in Sydney’s inner west and is close to Strathfield, Homebush, and Sydney Olympic Park.
  • Many interstate / regional visitors stay in the CBD and commute by train to North Strathfield station, while others choose to stay at Sydney Olympic Park. There is direct access from the train station to the College campus.
  • There are many accommodation options to suit a variety of budgets. Useful links: Sydney CBD Accommodation and Sydney Olympic Park Hotels.

Booking confirmation

  • TryBooking, our ticketing system, 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 get in touch with us at and supply your name and details.

Cancellations & refunds

  • You will be offered a refund if ISS2024 is cancelled for any reason. No compensation will be provided for any travel and accommodation expenses incurred.
  • If you are sick or injured before ISS2024 commences, we can issue a refund, less a 15% administration fee, upon presentation of a medical certificate.
  • Other refunds may be offered at our discretion, depending on the circumstances and the date you contact us.
  • We cannot issue refunds once ISS2024 has commenced.

Child protection policy


  • Past students of International Summer School will be emailed a unique code for a further 10% discount to apply at the TryBooking checkout.
  • All current students of The McDonald College and After Hours will receive a unique code for a further 10% discount to apply at the TryBooking checkout. (If you have also attended ISS previously you will only be entitled to one discount.)
  • All other students can take advantage of the Early Bird discount (10%) until 15 September 2023.

Medical information

  • Students are to email us a Medical Consent before ISS2024 commences to participate.
  • If applicable, please email us any Medical Action Plans before ISS2024 commences.

Photography / videography

  • By participating in ISS2024, you understand and agree that photographs taken during ISS, including your child, may be used to educate students or for promotional purposes. You may opt out of this by letting us know via email in advance of the program commencing.

What do I need to bring or prepare?

  • Students will be emailed an Information Pack in early January, which details what to bring and everything else you need to know before attending.

Is lunch provided?

  • Lunch is not provided, we kindly ask that you bring your own lunch. Due to safety restrictions, students must stay at the College during lunch and other breaks.

Are private lessons available?

  • Bookings for 30-minute private lessons may be on offer to Senior and Pre-Professional students depending on staff availability. Further information and booking will be available towards the end of the year.

Can parents watch classes?

  • On the program’s final day, parents will be invited to observe a class and a demonstration of work achieved.

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