Australia is a genuine melting pot of cultures. About a quarter of the population is foreign-born, and over 40% of Australians are of mixed cultural origins (many came from Italy and Greece after WWII, but recent immigrants have mostly come from New Zealand and the UK, as well as China, Vietnam, Africa and India, among many other places. Below are the things you need to know to Study in Australia
Regulations in Australia require international students to show evidence that they can support themselves. This is to ensure students from overseas can live comfortably, safely and enjoyably whilst in Australia. International students can supplement their lifestyle through part-time work, however the 'living costs' requirement helps to ensure the success of students in their studies so they don't have to rely on work to meet all their expenses.
Entertainment on a budget
Australia has plenty to offer those on a budget. When you've got stunning natural beauty on your doorstep, a pleasant climate all year round, and plenty of national parks and beaches to walk, run or cycle along, you don't need to be spending dollars to have a great time.
How to open a bank account
Opening an Australian bank account is relatively easy for overseas students. It is recommended you do this as soon as you can when you arrive. All you will need is your passport and a proof of address. The bank will then open an account for you and send you an ATM card which gives you access to your money from the numerous ATM machines in the towns and cities. Some banks will waiver monthly account fees if you provide proof of enrolment as a full time tertiary student.
Working in Australia
Part time work
Students who have a visa granted after 26th April 2008 have permission to work for 20 hours per week to support their studies whilst living in Australia. If you're bringing your family with you, your dependants can also work up to 20 hours per week once you have started your course in Australia. Students who Study MBA in Australia will have more preference. For more information see the DIAC website.
When you arrive in Australia you should register with a local doctor/GP.
Australia has a system of health cover specifically for international students called Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). You will need to buy OSHC before you come to Australia to cover you from when you arrive. You are required to maintain OSHC for the duration of your time on a student visa in Australia. Your OSHC will help you pay for any medical or hospital care you may need while you're studying in Australia, and it will contribute towards the cost of most prescription medicines, and emergency services.
Homestay is one way which international students can truly immerse themselves in Australian life. It often appeals to younger students as they can benefit from the supervision of adults. Meals are usually included in the cost, although self-catering Homestay is sometimes available. Single or shared rooms are usually available.
To Study in Australia, Most universities and some vocational institutions offer a variety of accommodation either on or near the campus. These might be apartments, residential colleges or halls of residence. The cost varies and depends on the type of accommodation.
Rented accommodation and communal living
Sharing or renting private off-campus accommodation is very popular with international students. To find available accommodation the best place to look is advertisements on campus noticeboards, online (see links below), and in local newspapers. Normally you will have to provide your own furniture, though this can be rented or bought quite cheaply second hand.