It’s no surprise that Australia is the third most popular destination in the world for studying abroad.
Beautiful beaches, top-notch educational opportunities and close proximity to Asia make Australia an ideal destination for anyone considering a study abroad program.
Studying in Australia could be your best opportunity for adding international credentials to your CV while soaking up new experiences. Like any international adventure, there are a few things to do before taking your next step including choosing your program, obtaining a visa and arriving in Australia. But don’t worry. Australia has a highly-international culture with a history of educational achievement-- and over 645,000 international students choose to study there each year. So what does it take to study abroad “Down Under”?
Choose a program
Australia is home to some of the finest educational organisations in the world, ranking higher than even Japan and Germany. It’s important to consider a few things when making your choice, like:
- What do I want to study?
- Where do I want to study?
- How long would I like to study?
- What’s my budget?
One common route to take is exploring education through an RTO or registered training organisation, an accredited program that allows you to earn certificates or diplomas in everything from business to tourism to hospitality and more. It’s an option that requires less time and financial cost while still gaining marketable skills for the future. In fact, almost one in four international students in Australia choose this option!
Obtain your visa
Once you’ve chosen your program and have been accepted, you’ll need to obtain a student visa. This begins by providing a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) with your visa, which you’ll receive once you’re accepted into a program. Requirements will vary by country of origin, but the Australian government has a handy guide on determining which documents you must provide in order to receive your visa. It typically takes about 4 weeks to process a visa application. The best way to cut down on wait time is to make sure that every requested document is complete and present with your application.
Arriving in Australia
Congratulations, you’ve not only been accepted into a program but you’ve also been chosen for an Australian student visa! So what now? It’s time to book the flight and pack! There are many airport options for flying into Australia, but keep in mind Australia is quite a large country; what looks close on the map might be an eight-hour journey. When packing it’s wise to consider the climate of where you’ll be studying; Australia isn’t all beaches, of course. This is a helpful guide about what to pack-- and don’t forget to bring a few things that remind you of home. The new friends you’ll make might be curious about your culture and what life is like. Be sure not to forget a plug adapter for charging your electronics. When choosing where to live, you’ll want to think about your budget, preference toward roommates and proximity to your classes. A good solution might be to speak with a representative from your program in case they know of other students seeking roommates-- or can point you toward the hottest neighbourhoods near campus. So, there you have it: your guide to making your move to Australia! As you continue your education, you’ll quickly see how exposure to new people, ideas, cultures and information will allow you to grow and succeed, whether you stay in Australia or take your new expertise back home.