8 things to know before studying in Australia!
Starting a study experience is exciting but can definitely be overwhelming. As international students, we often have this feeling of having forgotten something important and that can cost us time later on. To help you prepare for your journey, we came up with a list of 8 things that you need to know before you study down under!
1. Australia has 6 states, and you should visit all of them!
Other than the iconic Sydney and Melbourne, Australia has great cities to live in and study. Each one of them has their attractions and particularities. Melbourne is known for its vibrant nightlife whereas Sydney has iconic landmarks. Brisbane has a climate that is near perfect all year round, whereas Perth is home to a vibrant bar culture and breathtaking beaches. There is no shortage of places in Australia and you should go and visit them!
2. You will need a valid visa to be in Australia
If you want to study in Australia for more than 3 months, you will need to have a valid visa. The process of applying for one is quite easy and it can all be done online!
The steps are to find a suitable course, enroll in your chosen school and then apply for your visa.
The best way of finding more about where and what to study is to speak with local students, or if you need help finding the best option, you can also contact us!
3. You can work while studying!
Yes, you heard that right! As an international student, you can work up to 40 hours every fortnight. Australia has a minimum wage rate of $18.93/hour and students can find work in many sectors such as hospitality and retail. By working while you study you will be able to save money and travel in Australia or to pay for your studies.
4. Australia can be expensive
Living in the city centers can prove to be a challenge sometimes. Sydney and Melbourne regularly make the top ten list of the world’s most expensive cities and finding affordable accommodation should help you save lots of money! Meals and transportation are also relatively expensive compared to many other countries, so you need to be prepared to have some savings.
5. Read up the rules
Australians are relaxed people. However, laws in Australia can sometimes be strict and the consequences can start with a fine, although sometimes if you’re not careful you can end up in jail. Pedestrians who cross the road while ignoring red pedestrian lights will get a ticket in Australia. Also, if you bring certain things into the country that are prohibited, then border control will stop you. Some things that are forbidden include fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, plants, seeds, feathers, skins, drugs (although if it’s medication, it must be declared by your doctor in writing), weapons, protected wildlife and firearms.
So, think before you pack up your grandma’s recipe into your luggage!
6. Choose the best time to come to Australia
Knowing beforehand when to come and where to live and study can help you save a lot of time and money! During summer, you will not only be able to go to your favorite beach to get a tan but also, as the hospitality and retail sector are more active, you will be able to find a job easier! Plan to come to Australia in the busy months of October and November, and come a couple weeks before your course starts so that you can have some time to settle before starting your school!
7. Meeting people is easy, so get out there!
As an international student, you won’t struggle to meet other people that like you are going through the same journey as a student. Although it might be intuitive to meet people from your own country, try to make friends with people coming from other countries! This will allow you to improve your English quickly and have friends all over the world to visit in the future!
8. Research about the city you choose to live in!
Australia has plenty of suburbs! If you think it is tough deciding which city to live in, you will have over 3,000 suburbs to choose from.
Doing some research about the city in which you want to study will save you a lot time when you are here. It is not necessary to choose beforehand although it might be interesting to know that every suburb has its own culture and lifestyle. In Sydney for example, Bondi Beach is world famous for surfing and laid back lifestyle, while Newtown for its bohemian and artistic culture. There are many options in Australia, so find the place you identify with the most and come to visit it when arriving.
Studying abroad can be a daunting experience but living in such an incredibly beautiful and diverse country is worth the challenges you will experience. The experience of studying in a different country will most likely prove to be an adventure that will change your perception of the world!
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