University study is often a daunting though for young people. When you add the prospect of moving to a foreign country to study, it can raise the stressful feelings to another level.
So, what are the benefits of overseas study? Going international shows a flexibility and maturity. Overseas study may give you an upper hand as employers look for an experienced individual who pushes themselves, and has a strong willingness to learn and embrace new environments. Similarly, it’s a way of trying something new, gaining a new perspective and an education you wouldn’t experience in your native country.
An offer of admission is an official notification that the university is offering you a place in the course you applied for, great work! Make sure to carefully read through your letter, it will have important information regarding your program. There may be special conditions that apply to you. They may also provide you with further instruction on accepting the offer, you must accept!
2. Apply again
Often, universities have scholarships or programs that students can easily apply for. These scholarships may not pay your entire year’s tuition but will lower the cost if successful, even if it’s just one semester or subject! Applying can be as simple as one form and you have nothing to lose.
3. Student visa
All international students require a student visa to study within Australia. This must be obtained before travelling to Australia. Without a student visa, you will be denied the opportunity to study. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection provides the most current information about student visa requirements and application procedures.
University residences are very common for international students. They provide all amenities, a community with academic support and the chance to mix with other residents. Options to be fully catered are available, meaning you will be provided three meals a day. Alternatively, if you value more independence, try a managed apartment. Still handled by the university but in smaller groups without the dorm feel.
5. Learn about Australia
This will help you to adjust after your arrival. Living and studying in Australia could be very different to living and studying in your own country. Familiarising yourself will put your mind at ease. The Australian Government includes useful information on its Live in Australia section of the www.studyinaustralia.gov.au website.
6. Don’t forget your documents
Some individuals may already have a folder of documents ready to go, if not make sure to include the following:
- Valid passport with Student Visa.
- Offer of Admission letter.
- Confirmation of Enrolment.
- Receipts of payments (tuition fees, other).
- Letter of scholarship award (if applicable).
- Original/certified copies of your academic transcripts.
- Driver’s license, ID card.
- Medical records or prescriptions.
7. Location and campus
Depending on the location, you will have and prepare for weather, time zones, special events and other factors. Learn about weather trends in the area you are studying to make sure you are not left underprepared. Normally, universities tell students to pack one formal outfit to attend events on campus, as well as appropriate clothing for attending classes.
8. Fees, money and banking
We recommend saving as much money as possible before leaving home. You may not be able to secure a job due to visa restriction or other reasons. Research about exchange rates and bank services you can use while in Australia. It’s a good idea to carry some cash upon arrival in case of an emergency. Most universities will provide ATMs on campus to access cash at a later date.
9. Post & Parcel services
During your time studying abroad, you will post letters or goods home and receive parcels from your family and friends. We recommend that you get to know your local PACK & SEND . We get feedback that many international students find our range of services to be invaluable. Not only can PACK & SEND can help you to move your belongings from your home country to Australia, during your student residence you can also take advantage of their convenient parcel delivery and collection point services. If you're living in shared accommodation there is always a risk of having an unknown person sign for your parcel and disappear with it. If your parcels are sent through PACK & SEND, you can have them delivered to your local service centre and collect it at a time that's convenient for you.
10. Phones, electronics and internet access
Assuming everyone has a mobile phone, it’s a good idea to get an Australian sim card. Having an Australian sim card will make communication a lot easier and cheaper. Look for good international talk time and data deals that allow communication with family back home easier. Internet access should be provided by the university. Power outlets will be different to your home country, so bring relevant adaptors.