The Real Truth about Studying in Australia
The education industry in Australia is huge, mainly due to the student visa being one of the available pathways for many to come and live in Australia. Because of this, there is an array of different schools, colleges, universities and higher education institutions all fighting for your business, so choosing the right one can be difficult.
As an international student looking to come to study to Australia, you are overwhelmed with options, “offers”, and a million different information sources which may be telling you different things. So what’s the truth about studying as an International Student in Australia? Read more to find out!
1. Some education institutions just want to make money: Be sure to do your research before applying, price isn’t always everything! Check out their website, social media, student reviews and contact them to get a better idea of what they are like. Good quality education providers will be happy to talk on the phone and answer any questions you may have, and finding legitimate student reviews is a great way to confirm the providers’ level.
2. Australia can be expensive Despite being cheaper than other countries (UK, USA), Australia can still be an expensive place to live, rent more than anything. The good thing however is that your student visa allows you to work 20 hours per week during term time, and full time during holidays. As wages are higher here, part time work can really help you to fund your stay!
3. Australia is really multicultural Whether you come to study in Sydney, Melbourne or any other major Australian city, you can be sure that you’ll feel at home. Australia is home to 799, 371 international students alone who come from all over the world, so there’s really no need to worry about making friends or “fitting in”.
4. Student visas may be your only option Depending on your nationality, age and profession, a student visa may be one of few viable options for you to come to Australia. Certain nationalities under the age of 35 are eligible to apply for a Working Holiday Visa, which allows you to initially enter the country for up to a year and work full time with any employer for up to 6 months. Alternatively, you may have a profession which is on the Australian governments “skilled workers list” which means you can apply for a skilled visa. For the rest of us, the student visa may provide a valid pathway to come to Australia and work part time. Of course if you want to stay longer, you may have to reinvent yourself and study for a particular profession.
5. Visa approval
Although a student visa may seem like the “easy option”, certain requirements must be met in order to have the best chance of your visa being approved. If you are applying offshore, then most likely you will be doing so via a local education agent. If not, the process is still the same; you will need to provide certain documents such as the “Genuine Temporary Entrant” (GTE) and a “Statement of Purpose” (SoP). Such documents are designed to show that your purpose is to come to Australia to study, and return home. Depending on your chosen course, extra requirements may need to be met, it’s always best to check them with your education provider.
In summary, Australia can be a fantastic study destination, just be sure you are applying to a decent education provider to avoid getting frustrated, at the end of the day, you want to invest your money well! It can be expensive here, however, thousands of students make it work via shared housing and part time work, it just requires a little dedication. Having said that, the rewards you’ll reap from such an experience are priceless!