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5 Tips On How To Survive As An International Student In Australia

5 Tips On How To Survive As An International Student In Australia
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Australia is a unique country and popular destination for tourists and international students.

With a wonderful combination of culture, attractions and animals, there is always something to do in Australia. This is why it is deemed as one of the best places to live on earth.

As an international student, coming to study in Australia is a wonderful experience where you get to live in a place that will provide lasting memories.

Although this is an exciting time in your life, it is still very important that you make time to plan your move.

It is also very important to think about those things that you need to do or know that will make settling into life in Australia an easy one.

Planning is not only about focusing on the big or most obvious things such as applying for admission or getting the right study visa.

There are things that you might not be thinking of what you need to take into consideration.

With this in mind, here are five tips on how to survive as an international student in Australia.

It is also very important to think about those things that you need to do or know that will make settling into life in Australia an easy one.

 

1. Speak To People

This can be a very daunting task because it really does take stepping out of your comfort zone sometimes to speak to others.

However, it is also very important and beneficial. It is the first step to take when looking to interact with others and a great way to connect and form lifelong relationships.

This is a valuable step to take especially for international students who are usually living a long distance away from family or loved ones.

Speaking to people is also a great way to integrate into a foreign land and to learn about the people and culture of a place.

If you are from a non-english speaking background, interacting with people is a good way to learn their language and being able to communicate properly with others.

In addition, there are a number of English courses available for international students in Australia where you learn things such as the way of speaking and how to interact with people in Australia.

2. Relax And Be Patient

People go through certain phases when they move to a different environment. These stages are:

Initial excitement – you are super excited to be in Australia and you are looking forward to experiencing the new culture, people, attractions and language.

During this stage, you are motivated and eager to experience your new life in Australia.

Culture shock – you start noticing the differences between your country and Australia. You find it hard to understand the accent. The food is not the same as back home. The weather is also either too warm or too cold.

The lifestyle and culture are not what you are normally used to. To top it off you miss your friends and family back home and you wish they were with you.

Adjustment process – at this stage and as time goes by, you start getting used to those things that seemed unfamiliar about your new environment in Australia.

You become used to the people and culture. Your interaction with people starts to pay off here as the relationships you form along the way help you to make Australia a place you can be proud to call home.

You feel that you have become part of the community where you can live, work and study as an international student.

3. Keep Healthy And Stay Active

As much as it’s important to want to focus on your studies, it is also equally important to take care of your health. Avoid burnout and nervous breakdowns by taking breaks during your study time.

Long periods of study with no breaks can cause harm to your health.

Find a sport to take part in or a partner to exercise with on a regular basis. This gives you the motivation you need to exercise.

You can also get together with a group of other students. You are more likely to fulfil your health goals and stay active when you do this with a group of people with similar goals.

A good idea is to find a sporting activity that you like and make a plan on how often and when you will do it. Consistency is very important here.

4. Get Involved

There are many activities that you can participate in as an international student both on and off campus. This could be becoming a member of a club or group that are involved in activities that are of interest to you.

Volunteering and community outreach activities are also examples of ways you can get involved. This way you are able to interact and make connections with people and also be able to contribute to the community.

5. Managing your money

This is a big one for international students. As an international student, you need to be able to manage your study costs and cost of living.

Australia is a great country to live in but the cost of living can be quite high. The first thing you need to do to put your financial affairs in order is to plan and have a budget.

This involves working out what your expenses such as accommodation, transportation, shopping and tuition fees are upfront.

You then need to work out how to make sure you always have enough funds to meet these financial needs. This could include looking at getting a part job to earn some income.

Do bear in mind that you must comply with the number of hours you are allowed to work on Student Visa, which is a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight during academic sessions.

Thinking about the small things as well when you plan for the big things does matter and making plans to have them all sorted out is very important.  

This way, you can be on course to have the best experience to study, work and live in Australia.

Speaking to people is also a great way to integrate into a foreign land and to learn about the people and culture of a place.

YouEnrol is also able to help and advise you further on steps you can take to achieve your study and career goals as an international student in Australia.

YouEnrol is also able to help and advise you further on steps you can take to achieve your study and career goals as an international student in Australia.

Do not hesitate to book an appointment with us for a free no obligation discussion where we help you to get started on your journey to studying in Australia the right way.

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