Top 5 Things to Know about Studying in Australia as an International Student

Source: ScholarX Staff

Thanks to its strict rules such as those regarding working illegally, drunk driving, illegal drug taking and guns, Australia is one of the safest countries in the world. It’s a harmonious, friendly and multicultural society. Therefore, as an international student in Australia, you need to respect others and understand the rules if you don’t want to break the law and get deported.

5 – Rules and Laws Must Be Followed

People see Australia as a continent of eternal summer and sunshine, but it’s not. The south of the country has winter, spring and autumn, too. Therefore, if you will be studying in Sydney or Melbourne, expect colder days and pack your clothes accordingly. Keep in mind that the seasons in Australia are upside-down compared to the northern hemisphere.

4 – Winter Exists in Australia

Melbourne and Sydney are among the most expensive cities in the world. Therefore, it’s highly recommended to come prepared for high prices of everything, from food to accommodation.

3 – It Will Probably Be Expensive

Do you need health insurance when studying in Australia? The answer is simple: yes, you do. But, before purchasing health/travelers insurance, make sure you do your research. Certain health insurance plans work overseas, so the one you already have might be enough. Also, some “study abroad” programs include medical insurance for international students. In all other cases, unfortunately, you need to find an insurance policy that will meet your needs.

2 – Health Insurance May Be Required

Anyone who wants to study in Australia for more than 3 months needs a visa. Even though the fee is rather high, the application process is very easy. You apply for a visa online and you don’t have to wait for it to arrive in the mail or to go to the embassy; Australian visa becomes virtually linked to a passport. If, however, you stay in Australia for up to 3 months, you only need a regular tourist visa.

1 – A Visa is Required

Most international students think that Australia is similar to their home countries and that it will be easy for them to adjust to studying and living there. Although it’s undoubtedly less challenging to study in Australia compared to countries with different language and/or without running water, there are some things you should know before you pack your things and go.