Australia is a land of sunshine and ample opportunities. And do we even need to mention the fabulous beaches? This is a country blessed with abundance, and is called the “Lucky Country” for good reasons. Stunning coastlines surround it, and tropical rainforests are found in the northern part. Australia has become synonymous with kangaroos and koalas, as well as the ever-popular “barbie”.
Given that Australia has such a great image, it is no surprise that international students looking to study abroad are flocking Down Under to pursue their dreams. We did a little digging around to find out what international students thought of their study in Australia experience. Here what we have put together from our learning!
When it comes to cost, there is a downside as well as an upside. The bad news upfront: Australia is expensive.
There’s no escaping the fact that the Aussie dollar is quite a strong currency, and consequently, this land of plenty can seem quite pricey, especially for those coming from developing countries. Items that are of low cost in developing countries, like academic textbooks, can burn a hole through your pocket in Australia.
The good news is that people usually earn salaries that are high enough to maintain the standard of living.
Off the bat, these facts mean a few basic things:
- Don’t dilly-dally in completing your degree, and start working as soon as you can after you graduate.
* It will be more economical to get off-campus housing like an apartment, and share it with your mates, rather than getting dormitory housing.
In Australia, the quality of life and the options for entertainment and leisure activities are, needless to say, off the charts! This is especially true if you are living on the more populated Eastern seaboard. Sydney, for example, has the world-famous Bondi beach as its prime attraction. On the other hand, head over to Melbourne and you can get a taste of the best coffee, enjoy strolling through iconic laneways, catch a game of cricket at the MCG, or even some tennis at the Australian Open. International students find the laidback Aussie lifestyle to be a great draw.
A lot of international students do struggle with communication in Australia, due to poor language skills. English is the primary language of communication, even though Australia is highly multicultural. However, we do have to say that the multicultural nature of Australian society can be a source of comfort to those students who may be feeling a twinge of homesickness. You likely won’t have to travel very far to find people from your native country. Even if you don’t find fellow travellers from your country, Australians are generally culturally open and friendly to foreigners. Australia also has a great sporting culture and this allows folks with an outdoorsy bent of mind to bond with their Australian buddies and make friends quickly.
Unlike in more traditional Asian cultures, Australian professors and university staff are generally very informal. However, don’t mistake this for a lackadaisical attitude! Australian universities are at the leading edge of research, and regularly punch “above their weight” when it comes to the latest in science, technology, the arts, and the social sciences. Students who study in Australia often mention that Australians tend to work hard and play hard, and this is not merely a cliché, but a reality. Along the same lines, the students find that they have to shoulder a lot of responsibility in managing their academic endeavors, and the workload is high. There is a tremendous amount of autonomy that students have, and this forces them to take decisions like full-fledged adults.
There you have it! Whether you are looking to study abroad in general, or study in Australia in particular, this roundup of students’ views on the Australian study experience will help you in learning more about this fun-loving and friendly country. Our overseas education counsellors at Hurray —a trusted overseas education consultant and IELTS training institute in Bangalore–would love to address all your queries and support your entire overseas education journey!
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