Living in Australia will be a new experience, but there are support services in your institution as well as from other organisations to help make adjusting to life in Australia easier.
As Australia is the fourth happiest country in the world (Prosperity Index 2012) and we have five of the 30 best cities in the world for students (Top University Rankings 2012), you are sure to enjoy your time here.
No matter what type of study you are doing in Australia, whether you are here for a few months or a few years, some research and planning will help you have a safe and rewarding study experience.
There is no limit to the amount of currency you can bring in or out of Australia, however, if you plan to arrive in Australia with more than AUD$10,000 in cash (Australian dollars or foreign equivalent), you must declare it to Australian Customs at the airport when you land. You may also be required to fill in a Bearer Negotiable Instruments (BNI) form if you're carrying promissory notes, traveller's cheques, personal cheques, money orders or postal orders.
You must have health insurance while in Australia. Health insurance can be provided by obtaining Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) which provides medical and hospital insurance.
You can ask your education provider to organise OSHC for you, or you can select an approved OSHC provider yourself and pay the insurance.If you are studying at more than one educational provider and both are arranging OSHC, you will have to ensure that there is no gap between policies. This means that as one policy expires the next commences immediately.
OSHC is available for a period of up to five years. If your course exceeds five years in length, then OSHC providers may issue cover for a longer period.
The climate of Australia can vary a great deal from place to place, although in summer its basically hot everywhere in varying degrees (little weather joke there)
Australia is an essentially arid continent, with 80% of the land having a rainfall less than 600 millimetres per year and 50% having even less than 300 millimetres per year.
Australia is in the southern hemisphere so our seasons are opposite from the northern hemisphere; this means that Christmas in Australia is in summer when its hot, and summers can get quite a bit hotter than they do in the northern hemisphere.
Australia has a good standard of accommodation ranging from halls of residence, boarding schools, home stays and rented houses, apartments or rooms.
Youth Hostels Australia (YHA) and the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA). There are shared facilities including kitchen and bathroom.
This is very common. Students often share with fellow students and may have to provide their own furniture. Students usually advertise for room wanted or a room available in newspapers and notice boards on campus.
You or your family may purchase your own property in Australia. There are a wide variety of properties available here.