Studying in Australia is the 3rd most popular study destination for Indians as well as other international students after the United States of America (USA) and United Kingdom (UK). Home to the 8 most popular and highly-ranked universities, there are more than 22,000 courses for foreign students.
Millions of students dream to fly Australia for higher education. Are you also planning to go to this country? If yes, then you must know the following 8 most crucial things before you pack your bags and hop a flight to Australia:
1. Numero Uno: You Will Need a Visa
This is quite an obvious thing that you will need a student visa to study here. However, the visa application process is fairly easy that can be done online and linked virtually to your passport. This means no multiple visits to the embassy or waiting in the long queues. But yes, the visa fee is expensive. You can also visit for studying in Australia on a regular tourist visa if the duration of the course is less than 3 months.
2. Health Insurance Might be Needed
It is suggested to do a bit of research into this. If you are going to study directly with a university/college/institute in Australia, chances are higher that you will be required to get health insurance. To have a clearer picture, it is important to be sure to do adequate research before shelling out money for a health insurance policy.
3. Think Carefully and Decide Where You Want to Study
There are countless options available for studying in Australia to choose from. Do you prefer a rural area or a city? Do you prefer spending your free time on the beaches? Or do you love to get out into the bush? Depending on your interest, skills, and career goals, certain places may be better for you. For instance, if you are a business major, then studying in Sydney may give you better options along with suitable work opportunities.
4. Australia is one of the Most Expensive Places
Melbourne and Sydney regularly take place in the list of ‘top 10 world’s most expensive cities’. From groceries to housing, prepare to experience sticker shocks on your pocket if your dream destination for higher education is in Australia. Even though the place is expensive, there are many affordable education options with high standards are also available.
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5. Read as much as You Can about Australia before Anything
Speaking of stereotyping – you need to read up as much as you can about this country before you reach your dream destination. For instance, what is the capital of Australia? What are the main events? And some more common yet important details. Know more about your host country and impress the citizens with your local knowledge.
6. The Grading System in Australia is Different
If you have decided to study abroad in Australia as your higher education destination, it is worth knowing the grading system of this country. The universities/colleges/schools/institutions typically use a different coding system for grades. A ‘D’ is not considered good in many countries but it is a pretty good grade in Australia. Most Australian educational institutions use D for Distinction, HD for High Distinction, C for Credit, P for Pass and F for Fail. So, do not freak out if you get ‘D’ in your test.
7. Part-Time Work Opportunities
You have paid a huge amount for your student visa, right? Well, this country gives you amazing work opportunities to earn some money. The typical student visa in Australia allows a student to work for a certain amount of hours per week. Since the wages in Australia are quite high, it will be well worth it and a great way to meet new people and increase your connections.
8. Open an Account in an Australian Bank
If you are planning to spend a semester or more in this country, it is good to open an account in any of the local banks. By doing this, you can avoid the ridiculous fees that you would likely pay to withdraw your money from your home bank. And guess what is the best thing about opening an account in an Australian bank? Some of them offer a decent rate of interest on deposits. This would also be helpful if you want to work part-time with your studies.
There are a few but important things you must know before studying in Australia. Additionally, it is best to get yourself all prepared and packed before you fly to place your feet on the ‘land down under’. For any other help, get in touch with AEC .