Things to know before entering Australia as an international student
Studying in Australia and build a career from various world-class universities has become dream of almost every international student. It may seems quite easy but there are certain things which people especially international students need to keep in mind before enteringAustralia for the first time.
Here are 10 most important factors that need a through analysis and planning before entering in this country!!
1. A study visa: You will require a visa to study in Australia for more than three months. However, the visa process is quite easy. It all can be done online and as it is almost related to your passport, there is no need of embassy visits. Nevertheless, the visa fee is little bit high, so you need to be prepared for that. In case you study for less than three months, you are allowed to go on a regular tourist visa.
2. A health insurance: In case you are going on a study abroad program, you might need to get a health insurance, as it is not always included. However, if you are going to study directly with a university in Australia, there are full chances are you will need to get health insurance.
3. Financial considerations: Living in Australia can prove quite expensive than your native countries as Melbourne and Sydney often come in the top ten of the world’s most expensive cities. From house rents to groceries, be ready to experience some sticker shock, hence you need to ensure that you have a good sum of money saved.
4. Living Arrangements: Forthose students who need to find their own living arrangements, it becomes very important to make prior considerations about their accommodation. The best way to do so is to search for options online before they enter Australia. There are number of accommodation options available for students ranging from university dormitories to independent apartments.
5. Geographically information/awareness: Many international students are dream about visiting the Great Barrier Reef, the Sydney Opera House, Uluru and the Outback and many other places, but to come to this country expecting to visit all these, can more be as a fantasy, as you need to have a great deal of time and money to spend.
6. Information about Australian grading system: You should be aware about the Australian grading system as you’re going to be receiving them. For instance, a “D” is actually a quite good grade. Majority of Australian universities have HD (High Distinction), D (Distinction), C (Credit), P (Pass), and F (Fail) as their grading system.
7. Learn the local language: Language is an important part of every country’s culture, therefore, before going to any country; it becomes very important to have at least brief knowledge about their languages. The national language of Australia is English, however, there are more than 200 languages spoken, including numerous aboriginal Australian languages, which are mainly spoken within its borders. Although most of the people can speak English, but for some people it quite difficult to adjust the Australian accent and an extra use of slangs as compared to other English speaking countries.
8. Driving rules: As it is quite possible that you may rent a car at some point while you are in Australia, thus, you should be aware about certain traffic rules like you need to know that Australians drive on the left side of the road and to be careful for traffic cameras everywhere. Moreover, you should not drive at dawn and dusk as during the early morning and late evening, kangaroos can be everywhere and it is quite hard to see them coming.
9. Climatic variations: The climate mostly varies all across the country. Australian summer is amazing, and every city offers a different type of summer. Regardless wherever you are, it is always recommended to wear a lot of sun block. Summers in Perth are relatively quite dry, while in Brisbane, it is generally very humid. Each city of Australia offers something different to visitors to make them feel like they are travelling to different countries.
10. Things you are prohibited from bringing: Australia has pretty strict rules regarding what you can bring into the country. Certain food items like fruits and vegetables, meat and eggs, is not allowed to bring. Apart from it, you are also not allowed to bring in plants, skins, seeds, and feathers. It is also against law to bring any drugs, protected wildlife, weapons and fire arms.