Studying overseas requires careful preparation. In this article, you will learn what to expect, what to prepare for, and what you need to anticipate when going to study in Australia
1. Before you leave
Plan your living expenses
As a rule, Australian universities and colleges do
not require students to stay on campus. Therefore, you can rent an off-campus
room or studio. The cost of living in a
dorm may be slightly higher than in shared apartments, but it is important to
remember that in the latter case, you’ll face extra expenses such as
transportation and utilities. Also note that most properties for rent are
Student visas (subclass
500) are issued for a period of up to 5 years. According to the visa rules, you
can travel around Australia and abroad without having to re-apply; work up to
40 hours within a two-week period from the beginning of your studies; and apply
for temporary or permanent residence after graduation. In addition, if you plan
to come to study with your family, relatives can also be included in your
The cost of an Australian
student visa is AU $575, unless you bring family members with you.
The visa requirements for registration include:
Affirmation of sponsorship (for students under 18)
Consent of parents
Financial documents proving that you have enough money to live
and study in Australia
Proof of English proficiency
Employment history (if available)
Confirmation of enrolment
The university will issue a confirmation of
enrolment only after you officially confirm your acceptance, sign all necessary
forms for enrolment, pay the first semester’s fees, and get insurance.
Book an airport pick-up and temporary residence
Many universities in Australia, such as the University
of Western Victoria, offer free airport pick-up to international
students and can help you book a temporary residence before you find a
permanent apartment or dormitory.
If you plan to live off campus, you should arrive in
Australia at least two weeks before your scheduled orientation session.
Remember that apartments near campus are always in high demand.
2. After you arrive
You’ll have to attend an orientation session. The
week before the start of class, or week zero, typically involves becoming
acquainted with the faculty and teachers, going on campus excursions, and
attending informational sessions on course issues.
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resources about learning and living in Australia: