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THINGS THAT INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT AUSTRALIA

Australia is well-known for high prestigious education system with six universities in top 100 of the 2018 World University Rankings. Moreover, there are several essentials to keep in mind if Australia is your next study destination.

 

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  1. Simplified paperwork procedure

From 1/7/2016, the Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) came into effect which means all foreign students will only apply for a Student visa (subclass 500) regardless their academic field of interest.

 

  1. The upside-down seasons

Australia experiences the variety of climates due to its size. One amusing fact is that the seasons are opposite to those in Europe and the US. This means that the Australian Christmas occurs at the height of summer and you might enjoy your summer holidays when your friends in the US start their new semester.

 

  1. Financing support options

Since the living standard in Australia is incredibly high, the cost for education and living is relatively high. Thus, finance ability is a common concern for international students. However, scholarship, loan or financial aid for international students are available if you are eligible for any form of financial aid.

 

  1. Health check is a must

It is required in visa application that every international student is covered under Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). It’s designed primarily as a precaution and a way to help you with potential expenses in case you have any health issues during your stay in Australia.

 

  1. Public transport

Diversity means of public transport such as buses, trains, light rail and ferries make it simple for travelling between places. Concession fare is available for students in many territories, so do some research before you come and obtain the proper transport cards depending on you age and status as soon as you arrive to Australia.

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  1. Multicultural country

Australia is a multicultural country. The diverse population makes this country interesting but challenging to international students at the same time. However, there are always friendly people eager to offer you a helping hand, thus, don’t hesitate to ask for help when in need.

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  1. New GPA system

Instead of using grade scale from 1 to 10 or five-point system (A, B, C, D and E/F), mark by percentage will be transferred to letter system following:

  • HD – high distinction
  • D – distinction
  • C – Credit
  • P – Pass
  • F – Fail

 

  1. Work and study options

Student visa allows students to work up to 40 hours fortnightly during the semester and as much as the students please during the break. It is important to know your work rights in where you live.

Source: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/student/advice/9-things-every-international-student-should-know-about-australia