Study in Australia: What to Do Before You Arrive

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For foreign students moving to Australia to study, there is no greater blunder than coming unprepared. First-timer or not, there are preparations that must be done prior to taking the Australia-bound flight, especially if you are coming with family members. Below are some tips that can remind you on what you should not forget before leaving your home country.

To be more secure while in Australia . . .
Ensure to apply for health coverage. All student visas require that you secure an Overseas Student Health Cover prior or upon arrival to Australia. This coverage lasts for up to five years, so if you are undertaking studies longer than that period, your health insurance provider must offer one with a longer coverage. The OSHC can be applied by you or your institution.
There are exceptions to the OSHC requirement. You do not need this health requirement if you are a Belgian student with Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia, a Norwegian student covered by the National Insurance Scheme, or a Swedish student covered by the National Board of Student Aid.

To be able to work while in Australia . . .

Have an accomplished resume to facilitate job search. Most student visas for Australia permit the holder to work part-time in order to cover expenditures for books, tuition fees, and other living expenses. If you intend to use the 40-hour work allotment per fortnight during course sessions, ensure that you have a resume complete with references and experience. Remember, this applies once the course has commenced; otherwise, you can do unlimited work when your course is not in session. Also, obtain an Australian Tax File Number prior to working.

To have a fitting residence while in Australia . . .

Do a prior research on rental lodgings close to your school. First, understand where your campus is located: city, suburb, or regional town. Accommodations in cities are smaller and more costly, while those in farther area are bigger and cheaper. Also, take note of transportation options. If you do not have a car, then you have to consider taking public transport like buses, trams, and trains to get around. Another thing to think about is the proximity of your lodging to establishments like shopping centres, hospitals, parks, etc. Make sure to inquire first to the accommodation service or international support staff of your school, since they can give you possible options for homestay, private rental, and on-campus accommodation.

To have easier transactions while in Australia . . .

Make sure to bring copies of your academic, medical, and bank records. Also, better have these uploaded online for later retrieval. Inform your bank about your endeavor, and perform the necessary motions regarding overseas transfers and withdrawals. Furthermore, be informed about the monetary value difference between the Australian dollar and your home country’s currency.

Moving preparations to Australia require some careful considering, but these only cover one end of the trip—you will have to learn a lot more upon arrival.

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