Studying in Australia is one of the most remarkable and life-changing experiences that one can have. You will have an opportunity to explore exotic places, meet people from different walks of life, learn about new cultures and languages, and experience international standards of teaching.
Here’s our guide to the campus life in Australia – what to expect and how to make the most of it!
Experience Australian culture
While studying in Australia, you will certainly notice differences between your home country and the Down Under. That said, settling in Australia isn’t difficult, as it is a country known for its vast cultural diversity. People from different cultures and ethnicities live together in complete harmony. The classrooms are filled with students from around the world, which perhaps helps in making the transition process easier.
In addition to that, Australians are relaxed, friendly, open-minded and welcoming. Expect equal opportunities in every field, irrespective of your country of origin, ethnicity, background or sexual orientation.
Many universities in Australia offer on-campus accommodation. There are residence halls and apartments near the university where students can reside. These residence halls become a small, multicultural community, where you can meet students from different countries and backgrounds, learn about their culture and make lasting friendships.
Avail International Student Support
The international student support helps international students to adjust into the new environment. They provide a wide range of services, such as academic support, classes on developing English skills, tutorial assistance, information on the best student housing options, financial advice, healthcare services, and clubs and activities that help students to meet like-minded people and make new friends.
Inside the classroom
Classes in Australian universities are interactive and students are encouraged to ask questions and put forward their opinions, even if they differ from the others. The major emphasis, however, is on independent learning. Students have to undertake the research and complete the readings themselves or with minimal assistance. If you need help, academic services are available.
Life beyond the classroom
Campus life isn’t just about studying in the classroom, but also engaging in extra-curricular activities. The social life is an integral part of the campus life in Australia. The first social event that you should attend is the Orientation, which happens at the start of the semester. This event helps you to know the university well, as well as you get to meet fellow students. In a nutshell, it creates social and networking opportunities for students. Besides, there are student clubs/groups and social activities, such as concerts, picnics, festivals and barbeques that you can partake in. You can also get active by indulging in sports events and activities that are held year-round.
Many of the Australian universities are nestled in suburban and urban areas where there are a plenty of recreational activities on offer. There is a great assortment of cafes, boutiques and restaurants where you can enjoy with fellow students and have some good time beyond the classroom.
Security on campus
One of main concerns international students have is the security on and off campus. Campuses in Australia are supervised by 24-hour security patrols to help students feel safe on the premises. Some universities also offer ‘on campus escorts’ and ‘walk-home’ services at night.
Working while studying
As a student, you are allowed to work for up to 20 hours per week while your course is in session. In campus, you can work as teaching, research or library assistants.