What Overseas Students Need to Know before Coming to Australia?
- Jan 10, 2017
Australia is one of the top education destinations for students from all over the world and hundreds of thousands students choose the country for their higher studies. However, more often than not, these students receive a culture shock when they land at the country.
Even though Australia is a developed, multicultural and friendly country with English-speaking population, overseas students are nevertheless required to do their research and groundwork before boarding the flight to the country.
The things an overseas student must know before studying in Australia
1. Student Visa is Mandatory for Long Term Courses
A student is required to obtain a student visa to pursue an educational course in Australia for above three months. The procedure for visa application is relatively easy as it can be acquired online and comes attached to the passport. Hence, higher studies aspirants do not need to queue up in Australian embassies in their countries or wait weeks or months for the visa to be sent via post. However, the visa fee is pricey and arrangements for that should me made much it advance. Students planning to pursue a short-term course with duration of below three months can use tourist visa.
2. Learn More about Health Insurance
Unless you are on a foreign exchange program to Australia, you will be needed to get a health insurance on your own. Not making arrangements for a health insurance can mean footing your own bills if any medical emergencies arise and that can be a costly affair more than the education fees and travel costs put together. Getting your health insurance will enable you to study without worrying about any medical emergencies.
3. Plan your Budget
Before you arrive in Australia, ensure that you research into the affordable places you can stay in a particular city, the travel fares, and the average expenses of the locals. Some cities in Australia are quite expensive than the others and it can upset your plans if you have not made adequate arrangements for your stay.
4. Mind the Time Differences
If your home country falls in a different time zone from the Australian time zone, you will be required to make arrangements prior to your arrival in the country. The first thing you will have to take care of is jet lag and it will benefit you to acclimatize with the new time zone as fast as you can. After that, you will also need to find a right time of the day during which you contact your friends and relatives in your country without their inconvenience.
5. Prepare for ‘Seasonal’ Differences
If you tend to fall sick in a sudden change of weather, you will have to prepare yourself and toughen your immune system to cope up with the extreme change in season after you arrive in Australia. Australia is one of the few countries which enjoy radically different seasons from most parts of the globe. The white Christmas and New Year in the northern hemisphere means a hot and sultry summer in Australia.
6. Differences in Grading System
Australian universities grade students differently compared to British and American universities. ‘D’ grade, which is considered a dud in American universities, stands for distinction in Australian universities. The highest grade is ‘HD’, which stands for High Distinction. The rest three grades are ‘C’ (Credit), ‘P’ (Pass), and ‘F’ (Fail).
7. Banking Facilities
Students pursuing long-term courses can benefit by opening a bank account in Australia. This will not only help the students to save on the transaction fees, but will also enable them to avail attractive interest rates. This will also help students who choose to work part time!
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