10 things you need to know before your studies in Australia
Different people have different choices. International students mostly choose Australia, Canada, United States, UK as their destination for their abroad study purposes. If you’re choosing Australia as your study destination, you need to keep lots of things on your mind and do some research. Otherwise, you’ll have a difficulty and may find yourself confused while you’re in abroad. Here are 10 things you need to know before your studies in Australia.
Have a valid student visa:
In order to study in Australia for more than 3 months then you’ll need a valid student visa. The process for the application is quite long but it is very easy. It is all done online through an Agent who can guide you through all the steps needed for the application. The fees are expensive so be prepared according to that. The process is totally linked with your passport.
Overseas Student Health Cover must be done:
Make sure you get one of these along with your student visa. It is one of the most important thing you will need during your stay in Australia. It will be included in your study directly with your university or college. There are various ranges of OSHC’s available for the international students according to the price range. By this, you can do your health check-ups and have certain percent off on your bills.
The grading system varies:
The grading system is completely different from other countries as the universities and colleges in Australia use HD as High distinction, D as Distinction, C as Credit, P as Pass and F as Fail in their grading system. So don’t panic if you get D. It is a good mark.
Choose wisely about where you want to study
Australia has variety of places with beaches and even bushes and jungles and also with cities. So, you need to choose your destination wisely so that you can relax and enjoy all the time in the beaches, or have a roam in the bushes and travel around the cities clicking the photos. There are lots of options in cities both big and small rather than Sydney, so do check out the programs in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra or Melbourne to name some of the few places.
Australia is expensive:
Melbourne and Sydney counts as the top 10 most expensive cities in the list. From accommodation to groceries, prepare a note and make sure to save your money. Make sure to create a budget and do your best to get in that level all the time.Make sure you manage all your daily activities according to your requirements and spend less, save more.
Open a bank account:
This is another most important thing you must know. If you have spent over a semester or more, it may be good to open a bank account. You can manage all your savings and pay your bills according to the requirement. Moreover, it may be easy to pay your college fees rather than withdrawing cash from the overseas bank account. So, it is a must.
You are eligible to work in Australia:
You can actually earn money by working in Australia. I hope you remember that money you’ve spend on your visa? You can get that money back and send it back home. International students can work 20 hours a week on tax purposes which can help you manage your daily lifestyle as well.
Rules and Regulations of the road:
There is a lot of chance that you might own a car or rent it while you are in Australia. Firstly, you should know that Australian people drives are on the left hand side. There are traffic cameras everywhere so do what out for that. Also follow the traffic light signals all the time. The bills are very much expensive so it may hurt your feelings as well. So please be careful!
This is the most irritating thing as you’ll be facing up a different time schedule which may be 4-5 hours different from overseas. You need to go to sleep early and wake up early in the morning which is very boring. Soon you’ll have a habit of it.
Australia is huge:
Lots of students dream of visiting places like Great Barrier Reef, Opera House, Uluru, etc. But coming to Australia with an expectation to see all this and more is like a dream come true, unless you can manage your time and save a lot of money. There might be lots of beautiful places nearby of wherever you are pursuing your degree from, and you can plan one big trip, but try to manage your thoughts on roaming around the whole country.