So you’ve chosen to study in Australia. What’s next? Pacific Training Group has 7 tips for first time international students in Australia. Read on to find out what they are!
Moving to another country to study can be a nerve-racking experience for beginners. Throughout your life, you may have been living with your family and loved ones at the confines of your own home. Then one day, you find yourself alone in a foreign land. The distance can be scary but there is a lot more to gain than to fear. Living in a foreign land offers life-changing experiences that are fundamental for your growth as an individual.
Surely, it will not be an easy road. There will be many hurdles that will test your mental, social, and intellectual capacity to the core. But pursuing your studies in another country will no doubt foster your independence in the most remarkable way. You think that working hard on your arduous high school project alone spells independence? Maybe. However, there is more to that.
Independence presents itself in the most mundane things that you shrug off as a child-like doing your groceries, washing your own laundry, or just keeping your room clean. It becomes more obvious when you’re managing your finances when you’re nursing yourself back to health when you’re sick, or when you’re enduring poor public transport and you live away from miles away from school. Pursuing an education abroad will teach you how to overcome these daily obstacles. Over time, you will be surprised at how you aced these challenges like a pro.
To help you with your Australian education journey, here are some tips to survive the dread of living overseas.
Tip #1: Look for the best and leading education provider
When you leave home to study in Australia, your goal is to get a certificate or a diploma. You can achieve this by affiliating with the best education provider. For vocational education training (VET) programs, the leading organisation is Pacific Training Group, which has campuses in Sydney and Gold Coast. It offers courses on specialized subjects like leadership and management, travel and tourism, hospitality, and events management. Sydney fees are approximately $1600 per term and Gold Coast, which is now Region, has fees that are approximately $1050 per term AUD.
Tip #2: Obtain your Australian Student Visa
When you already find the right school for you, the next thing to do is to secure your Australian Student Visa. You may apply for a student visa by creating an account on ImmiAccount. Your student visa is the most important document you need to successfully enter the borders of Australia. You could even add or contact Pacific Training Group who can refer you to a qualified Migration agent.
Tip #3: Look for the right accommodation
They say that a man’s home is his castle. It is true in the most literal sense, especially when you’re living away from home. When choosing your lodging and accommodation service provider, you need to consider how much you want to spend on lodging, how far is your temporary home from your school, how many people live in the place, and what kind of community surrounds your home.
In Gold Coast, there are various lodging and accommodation services available for international students like you. You may opt to choose hotels and guesthouses, a shared rental home, a homestay service, or a private rental home, depending on your preference.
Tip #4: Learn the know-hows of Australian public transport
One of the things you will utilize most while studying is the public transportation. In Gold Coast, there are plenty of available public transportation to get you around the city like buses, trains, tram services, and some community transport. Refer to your migration agent for further details.
Tip #5: Familiarize yourself with the Australian English
Australia generally speaks the English language. If you’re accustomed to the American English, you might notice that Australians use the English language in a slightly different manner. Often, they use terminologies and colloquia that newcomers may find challenging to understand.
Tip #6: Look for Work Opportunities
As a holder of Australian Student Visa, you are entitled to some of its perks. Your visa gives you the opportunity to work while finishing your study. International students who have been studying in Australia for more than three months are allowed to work for a maximum of 40 hours while the term is in progress. Meanwhile, international students can work unlimited hours during term breaks. Note, however, that you can only apply for a job when your course has already commenced.
Tip #7: Look for local Student Support Community in your area
Living independently can be less challenging when you have a strong support community to help you. Throughout Australia, there are many available student support communities where international students can go. In Gold Coast, Southport, for example, there is the Gold Coast Student Hub, a community group that enables international students to network, collaborate, and connect with other international students while maintaining a peaceful environment.
Going on to a foreign land to study will surely equip you with real-life experiences that you may never get at the comfort of your home. Truly, it is challenging, but the experience will allow you to discover your untapped capabilities and grow to be the best version of yourself.
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