Moving to a new country can be a confusing bundle of excitement and anxiety, and a common fear that most international students have is how they’ll adapt to Australian culture. You might experience initial culture shock, but that’s alright. Learning to face challenges and adapting to major changes are a valuable part of growing up and gaining new experiences. Plus, Australians are all about keeping it friendly, so don’t be afraid to keep positive and reach out! Here are some tips to familiarize you with Australian culture.
In Australia, it’s important to treat everybody with respect, regardless of age, race, class, gender or sexual orientation. When you’re in a restaurant, shop, or any other situation where you’re receiving service, remember to treat staff kindly and say ‘thank you’ after they have assisted you. Be mindful about street etiquette – it is prohibited to loiter on the street, and drinking alcohol in public spaces is not allowed. When waiting for a service or public transport, it’s important to stand in an orderly queue – don’t cut lines or push ahead, as it shows a lack of respect for the people around you. When taking public transport, wait by the side of the doors to allow passengers to exit the vehicle before you enter.
When you’re on public transport, avoid eating or engaging in loud conversation, and always offer your seat to those who are more in need.
Improve Your English
When you’re planning on living in Australia as an International student, there are plenty of reasons why you should brush up on your English language skills. From completing an English language test to be eligible for your student visa to getting the most out of your courses, here are some ways to improve your English so that your transition into Australian life is a lot smoother.
Read, watch and listen to more English-language content
Sign up for English language courses
Speak English with your friends and family
Keep a notebook for new English vocabulary
Indicative costs of living in Australia
As an international student, you must be aware that you must fund your entire studies and living expenses independently. The Migration Regulations require international students to show evidence of funds to contribute to the cost of living and studying in Australia. This helps to ensure students are better able to make the most of their studies and have a safe and enjoyable experience in Australia.
While international students are able to supplement their income with money earned through part-time work in Australia, the ‘living costs’ requirement helps to support the success of students in their studies by ensuring that they do not rely on such work to meet all their expenses.
Prospective student visa applicants and their family members must have access to the following funds to meet the living costs requirements:
- $21,041 per year for the main student
- $7,362 per year for the student’s partner or spouse
- $3,152 per year for each child of the student
- $8,000 per year for schooling fee for each child aged 5 to 18
The figures are approximate and correct at the time of publication.
Note: Up to date financial information can be obtained from below websites http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au or https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/English/Live-in-Australia/living-costs
Student Visa Documents Checklist
Completing an application for a student visa can be an intimidating task. To make sure your application process runs smoothly, we’ve created a brief checklist of the documents you need to prepare before you’re on your way to Australia.
Passport, Birth Certificate, National Identity Card. Make sure that these documents are valid and have not expired.
Provided by your institution once you receive and accept your offer. This is an essential document to apply for a student visa.
OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover)
As an international student, you’re required to have OSHC for the proposed duration of your student visa. Make sure this is prepared by the time you begin your application, as you will need to provide the name of the health insurance provider, starting and finishing date of the cover, as well as a policy number (a policy number is required if you or an agent has applied for OSHC, but not if it was provided by your institution).
English Language Test Results
To be eligible for an Australian student visa, you must sit for an English language test as proof of your language proficiency. Currently, there are five kinds of tests accepted for student visas in Australia: IELTS, TOEFL, PTE, CAE, and OET.
Medical Examination Results
A medical examination may be required, depending on your home country and your intended length of stay in Australia. Keep in mind that medical examinations can be completed before you lodge your visa, but no more than 6 months before your course begins.
Evidence of sufficient funding
The Australian government requires evidence that you’re able to financially support yourself for the duration of your stay. Documents such as government and institution loans, scholarship letters or proof of a parents’ annual income are required, as well as evidence that these sources of funding are genuine. If you’re submitting your parent/guardian’s source of income, submit a document proving your relationship to them. If it’s a business or institution, provide evidence that they’re still running.