Have you ever wondered why Filipino international students prefer to study in Australia? The answer: top-notch education in the 10th happiest country in the world! Overseas students from around the world make up 1 out of 50 students in all of Australia. Not to mention Australia’s vibrant art culture, thriving wildlife, and diverse environments, which students are more than happy to explore.
If it’s been on your radar and you don’t know where to start, take a peek at our cheat sheet so you can picture your life in Australia before you make the 3,000-mile jump!
Just to give you an idea, the Government of Australia allocates AUD 200,000,000 for international scholarships alone. This is because they believe that international students positively affect their economy, either by forming diplomatic ties with Australia after they return to their home country, or by staying and contributing directly to the workforce. Check out our step-by-step guide for scholarship application.
Prep for the opposite season and weather!
It mostly depends on where you’re staying. In cities like Sydney and Melbourne, for example, imagine Australia’s weather as the opposite of what we (or the Northern Hemisphere) are experiencing; our typical summer months are their winter months. Beware of low humidity levels and very dry indoor air, which can leave you vulnerable to colds. Oh, and always wear layers (thermal shirt and pants, jacket, and gloves) so you can easily adjust to the weather.
- The driest and warmest months happen at the start of the year: Summer (December – February). Expect it to rise anywhere from 14°C up to a sizzling 25.3°C!
- Then, Autumn (March – May) means sunny days and a pleasantly cool climate from around 10.9°C – 20.3°C.
- Beware when Winter (June – August) comes around, with freezing winds and foggy landscapes. Always bring a windproof jacket as the temperature is estimated to be between 7 to 14°C every year, dropping further during cloudy or rainy days.
- Spring (September – November) is the most fickle-minded season for the Land Down Under, with a variable of 9.6 – 19.6°C. Pack an umbrella to be prepared for hot sunny days or heavy rainfall!
What is the cost of living there?
School data of different Australian schools, such as Charles Sturt University, agree that “the average international student in Australia spends about AUD 1,550 per month, or around AUD 390 per week. This includes accommodation, transportation, food, clothing, entertainment, international and domestic travel, phone, and incidental costs.” While it seems like a hefty price to pay, studying in Australia is generally more affordable than tuition in the United States or the United Kingdom.
On campus – 90 to 280 AUD/week or *3,248 to 10,106 PhP/week
Rental – 165 to 440 AUD/week or *5,955 to 15,881 PhP/week
Shared rental – 85 to 215 AUD/week *3,068.01 to 7,760 PhP/week
Other living expenses:
Groceries and food – 80 to 280 AUD/week or *2,887.54 to 10,106.40 PhP/week
Gas and electricity – 35 to 140 AUD/week or *1,263.30 to 5,053.20 PhP/week
Mobile data and Wifi – 20 to 55 AUD/week or *721 to 1,985 PhP/week
Public transport – 15 to 55 AUD/week or *541 to 1,985 PhP/week
Entertainment – 80 to 150 AUD/week or *2,887.54 to 5,414 PhP/week
*This is the exchange rate at the time of writing
How do I get around?
Guess what, even non-English speaking foreigners find it easy to travel around Australia! The transportation system is so well-developed that you can go anywhere around the country by train or bus, rideshare, bike, or plane. Be warned, though: some of the buses are notorious for being late.
Should you need extra allowance, here’s some good news: With most student visas, you will be able to work for a maximum of 40 hours every 2 weeks during the academic year. Plus, you can work unlimited hours during official school vacations, such as summer breaks (usually in December!).
How do I maximize my Australia opportunity after I graduate?
Having an Australian education qualification will get you very far, no matter where you are in the world. Should you stay in Australia, there are plenty of opportunities to get a work visa and gain professional experience. Upon leaving, ensure that you’ve settled your bills and canceled utility services.
Places you should visit to learn about Australian culture:
It depends on which city or area you’re staying. But Australia features iconic landmarks, majestic mountains, and exciting wildlife you won’t find anywhere else. From the Blue Mountains and Great Barrier Reef to Sydney Opera House, there’s so much to see and do. Visit Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) if you’re more into sports history.
Or visit the dozen of Sydney Museums, such as the Art Gallery NSW, which houses awe-inspiring Aboriginal collections. Take the opportunity to explore the Land Down Under outside of class hours. You know what they say: Most of your learning actually takes place outside the classroom.
We hope this Australia student guide helped you manage your expectations and map out your exciting adventure! From living expenses to scholarships, Australia is a great choice for young Filipinos to start off their global career. To learn more about studying in Australia, check out Edukasyon.ph.