15 Things To Know If You Want To Study In Australia


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So you want to study in Australia?

Australia is a top destination for Filipinos who want to study abroad. According to the recent reports on Filipino students going abroad, Australia has the largest population of Filipino students seeking higher education overseas. Australia is attractive due to its high cultural diversity, friendly locals and high quality of education. There are also tons of study abroad scholarships available for international students like you!

If you’re thinking of studying in Australia, there are 15 things you absolutely have to know. After all, it’s always best to be prepared before taking on a huge challenge like studying abroad!

1. Get your student visa.

Just like any study abroad process, it all starts with acquiring a student visa to the country you’re going to. If you’re going for an undergraduate degree, post-graduate degree or a technical college, you will have to apply for the student visa.

The process usually takes four to nine weeks, so it’s best to get this matter out of the way early to secure your study abroad journey.

2. Get health insurance.

If you’re going on a study abroad program, chances are the health insurance is already included. If not, be sure to acquire one in Australia if the one you already have will not work overseas. It’s best to be safe and prepared especially if you’re braving life in the form of an international education in a foreign country!

3. Choose a school.

Australia is a very big place and has a lot of high-quality schools in its arsenal, which makes it hard and time-consuming for students like you to choose the perfect school. Check out our Australia country page for schools and programs to set you up early for your study abroad journey!

4. Get used to the accent.

It might be safe to say that each and every one of us has tried impersonating the late Steve Irwin. Aside from his engaging and educational showmanship when it comes to animals, one determining factor that never fails to capture our attention is his accent.

For any new goer, it might be hard to understand the Australian accent and it will take some time to get used to, especially if you will be living in the land down under for years. But there is no need to worry, just watch some shows from Australia or any Australian vlogger on YouTube and you’ll have a healthy dose of Aussie slang to prepare you for your life abroad!

5. Prepare your finances.

Living in another country to pursue your studies can get expensive especially if you’re coming from the Philippines. Browse through Study Abroad scholarships and available financial aids to fund your studies. It’s best to also develop a thrifty approach when it comes to money to prepare yourself for sudden plans and plane ticket purchases that may occur when you’re there.

This is a habit that will serve you well in the long run so developing it early (especially if you’re going overseas) can save you a lot of trouble when working towards your goals.

6. Pack accordingly for the seasons.

It is a well-known fact that things can get pretty hot in Australia. They celebrate Christmas in the summer and the country is known for its love of surfing, beaches, barbecues, and the suburbs. However, if you find yourself in one of the main cities in the south, best be warned that it will get cold! So make sure that you don’t forget your favorite coats, sweaters, and jackets when packing for your educational trip!

7. Plan your travels.

Just because you’ll be studying in another country doesn’t mean that’s all you’ll be doing! Let’s be honest, it makes absolutely no sense for you to stay in your student dormitory the whole time you’re there. You’re going to want to travel a bit and see what makes Australia beautiful. Maybe visit a zoo and check out kangaroos and crocodiles on a slow weekend.

Wherever it is you plan on going, make sure to plan it accordingly so that it doesn’t interfere with your international education.

8. Prepare your stomach.

The land down under is popular for its diversity which is also the reason why a lot of Filipino students choose to study in Australia! And because of this diversity, people from various parts of the world bring their respective cultures with them in the form of food. So do prepare your culinary appetite and have a tasteful glimpse of different cultures from around the world!

Of course, you won’t like all of them and some of the food you’ll be trying might upset your stomach. A good travel tip is to ask the restaurant or a friend of what is usually in the food you’re trying. You can also do a quick google search to help you decide whether you should take a taste.

9. Research!

Just like when starting out something big, like a business or going to a place you’ve never been to, the smart ones always start with some research. This can be in the form of a deep google search or a simple conversation with a friend or a person who has experienced what you’re thinking of doing before.

When taking a study abroad leap to Australia, there might be some things that might affect your overall plan. To avoid potential regrets, doing thorough and well-thought-out research can answer all the questions you already have and might have.

10. Familiarize with the grading system.

This tip applies to all students who are planning to study abroad. However, it is vital to note that the grading system in Australia is unique!

Instead of As you get Ds but Fs are still Fs. Most Australian universities use HD (High Distinction), D (Distinction), C (Credit), P (Pass), and F (Fail).  

11. Know the rules

You’re not just traveling to a different country, you’re going to actually study in Australia! This specific rule may not apply to normal out-of-country travels but if you’re going to actually live in a country then it would be wise to familiarize yourself with the rules and the laws.

This is to ensure that you abide and not jeopardize your once-in-a-lifetime experience of studying abroad! After you all, you made a ton of effort to get there and for it to all go to waste just because of a silly prank or a night with too many drinks is something you’ll probably regret for a very long time.

12. Brush up on skills.

There will be days in your study abroad life where you will have nothing to do. And since you are being thrifty and mindful about your spending, having days like these can be dangerous to your fragile financial health!

The student visa you get will allow you to work a certain amount of hours each week. Having a job on the side can be a good way for you to spend time, earn cash and meet new people in your city! It’s also a good deal because Australia is known for its generous minimum wage! You never know, you might meet people such as yourself and gain friends for life!

13. Get to know the student cities

If you ever find yourself tired with work and school and all of the responsibilities of being an international student, then a quick fix would be to hang out with someone just like you. An international student who is also tired of work and school can easily relate to all the important life events that are happening with you right now!

As mentioned earlier, lots of people study in Australia due to a number of factors and this has caused the emergence of student cities. The term speaks for itself and it would be ideal for you to familiarize yourself with these cities so that when you feel like you want to socialize you’ll know where to go!

14. Know which student city you belong to.

There is a famous saying that goes along the lines of “You don’t choose your school, your school chooses you,” but in this case, your student city might be the one doing the choosing. Take this quiz to see what student city fits you based on your personality!

15. Make sure you have all the requirements.

To study in Australia takes more than acquiring a student visa, a passport, stellar grades, and your parent’s permission. Some schools require TOEFL, IELTS and more. Be sure to check out tips, review centers and test centers you can go to before you hop on the plane to Australia. You can also check out requirements by schools on our International school listings.

There you have it. These are 15 facts you absolutely have to know before going on a journey to study in Australia! For more student tips and Study Abroad content visit Edukasyon.ph!

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