Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Coming to Australia to study. Part 1

I came to Australia as a student in February 2003 and hoped that there is some site or some help given first hand by someone already living here. Here is a guide if you are planning to come to Australia to study. The guide is helpful if you are coming to Australia in general and Melbourne in particular.

Please note that this is just a guide and hopefully will help you the first few days you land here.

Things to do before you leave:

As a student, your budget may be tight and you probably are planning to work part time in Australia. So, please remember to do these things before you leave for Australia.

1. Pack warm clothing as it is winter here now. It is not too cold as in freezing or snowing but cold enough to make you sick as it gets windy during winter. Layers of clothing are recommended.

2. Get a driver's license. If you plan to drive, you can use your country's driver's license while you are on a student visa, if it is in English. You can get different types of part time jobs if you can drive. Also, some jobs require you to work night shifts.

3. Check with your education agency if they can introduce you to someone who is leaving at the same time with you. Get to know that person before you leave, you can live together when you come here.

4. Check your university site for recommended books. Buy them before you come here as you will save. Also, read through the course requirements to make sure you have enrolled for the right course. You may need to change some subjects after you start, so make the right decision.

5. Most universities provide free transport from the airport for first timers. Check with your agency or email the university in advance of your travel plans. You may save on the taxi fare.

6. If you can afford it, get a lap top. Will help you in working on your assignments from home.

These are the few tips I have for now. Will update after any questions posed. Will also give more pointers on what to do after landing in Australia. All the best.


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5 comments:

Danjid TK said...

hey dats very informative..
continue wid part II..

i m joinin for masters dis july at Swinburne Univ, Melbourne..

Gaurav said...

Hey Aarvind...all your very have been very informative and at the same time very useful too...I appreciate your attention to detail!!

keep up the good work...

Cheers!!

Joining LaTrobe Uni on the 10th of July..

ankur said...

HI ARVIND NICE TO SEE THAT SOMEONE REALLY CARES FOR THE ONES COMING DOWN THERE WILL BE JOINING UNSW FOR MASTERS IN CONSTRUCTION AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT-IS IT GOOD

rohanrp said...

amazing stuff man.... its good u approach the reader personally.. i suggest you make a free website with a domain name such as co.nr ..there are tons of students desperate for knowledge on wheter to make the journey or not.

Gaurav Gupta said...

hi Aarvind

thanks for the handy information.

i am planning to join la trobe univ this year for masters in financial analysis.
i wanted to find out about the university. hows the student life and the employment scenarios.
would the degree be recognized here back in India.

thanks
Gaurav