The Campuses offer surroundings suitable for social, shopping and other outdoor activities. They are also centrally located for students to experience the sophistication of our cities and excitement of our entertainment facilities.
There are plenty of opportunities for international students to have an enjoyable time with friends.
During term breaks, you may like to venture beyond the capital cities to experience more of Australia’s spectacular natural environment and great physical beauty – national parks, The Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu, Uluru and the Tasmanian Wilderness.
Australia has a very good health care system. All Australians pay a Medicare levy (additional tax) to fund the public health system and ensure everyone gets access to doctors, hospitals and other health care services. People who pay extra into a private health insurance fund receive certain privileges when they use private health care services, as well as the usual services available in just about any Australian suburb or town. Most Australian institutions also provide special health care services and advice for students.
Australia has a modern telecommunications system with mobile and internet access generally available at low cost. Public telephones are available at all Post Offices, shopping centres and are often situated on street corners. Public pay phones accept a variety of coins and Phone cards. Phone cards are pre-paid for use in public pay phones and can be bought at a large number of retail outlets in denominations of $A5, $A10, $A20 and $A50. Credit phones take most major credit cards such as American Express, Visa, Master card and Diners. International and can be found at international and domestic airports, central city locations and hotels. Mobile phones are very popular and can be purchased from a number of retailers.
Australia has a fantastic variety of food.
Our top quality meat, fish, fruits and vegetables are exported to markets all around the globe. There is a large range of fruit and vegetables available at Australian produce markets. You should have no difficulty in finding the ‘FOOD’ that you are used to at home. You can sample almost every type of cuisine available throughout the world in restaurants. There are elegant restaurants or typical Aussie pubs. Ethnic restaurants offer cuisines from all around the world. Good food at reasonable prices can be found at bistros or cafes.
And for those who like takeaway, most of the major global fast food chains are well represented. The adventurous can try some of our ‘bush tucker’
With one of the highest standards of living in the world, Australia offers modern transport systems. Australia has an extensive public transport system that includes trains, buses, trams, ferries, two major national airlines and a number of regional airlines. Metropolitan areas are divided into zones and your ticket type and cost depends on which zone you are going to travel in and for how long. Tickets can be bought at train stations, on buses and trams and at news agencies.
Tourist students may drive in Australia on a valid overseas drivers licence but if the document is not in the English language the visitor must carry a translation with the permit. An international driving licence is not sufficient by itself.
Metered taxicabs operate in all major cities and towns. You will find taxi ranks at transport terminals, main hotels or shopping centres or you can hail taxis in the street. A light and sign on the roof indicates if a cab is vacant. There is a minimum charge on hiring and then a charge per kilometre travelled. Taxi drivers do not have to be tipped.
In Australia, much emphasis is placed upon private (individual) study along the lines of assignments, on research and learning to analyse data and present arguments about subject matter, and on being willing to defend one’s argument.
All these involve heavy use of libraries, intensive note taking in lectures, and active participation in the learning process (as opposed to passive listening and rote learning).
To be a successful student in Australia, you will need to adapt to these methods of learning, but most education institutions in Australia are very willing to help, as they offer counselling services and assistance to develop effective study skills. Many lecturers in Australia have vast experience teaching overseas students, they understand the difficulties in getting used to different study methods and they will be patient in helping you to develop new skills.
Australia Welcomes Overseas Students
Overseas students are welcomed in Australia because they:
• Contribute to the development of people and institutions both in their home country and in Australia.
• Contribute to Australia’s research capability.
• Develop cultural, educational and economic links between Australians and people of other nations.
Australia has a long history of involvement in international education development, staff and student exchange programs and scholarships.