It can be quite difficult when you first arrive in Australia. New culture, New lifestyle and new education system, that is a lot to adjust to. Many students struggle with the language barrier, expenses, homesickness and health problems. Here are some tips for international students to:
Take it easy
Australians are known for being friendly. No matter where they live, Australians are good at helping others whenever required. The Australian students you will encounter will be friendly, cheerful and open to any cultures. Also, it is important not to take offence at the Australian sense of humor. Many Australians like to laugh at themselves and also take pleasure in making fun of each other. Just have a carefree attitude and don’t take yourself too seriously.
Be patient and open minded
It takes time to get used to new culture, new foods and customs. Be patient. Things will get easier as time goes on. Also, don’t afraid to be open-minded and try new things. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. You can ask other classmates and your teachers.
Talk with people
One of the best ways to get adjusted to a new environment is to talk with people around you. First, you can start a conversation with someone and gradually into groups. These can be ordinary Australians that you meet through work or when socializing. They can also be international students who share the common background.
Maintain a budget
It can be difficult to maintain a budget while studying abroad. Aside from covering tuition and accommodation costs, you also have to fend for such costs as food, communication, having sightseeing trips, etc. Create your budget plan, Keep an eye out for items for sale, look for weekly specials, look for part time work, utilize your student card for discounts, pre-pack your lunch,look for cheaper options, utilise-second hand options, help your land lord, sell some stuff you never need and no longer use, Share accommodation, speak to our advisers.
Use your student card for discounts
Being entitled to student discounts is one of the best things about being a student in Australia. These discounts apply to many things such as movie tickets, transportation etc.
Prepare for homesickness
Homesickness is obvious when you are living away from your family. The better you are prepared for it, the easier it will be. Bring some photos, music or artwork from your country. You can also keep yourself busy. The busier you are, the less time you will have to miss home. As time goes by, Australia will feel like your second home without your knowing. Also, don’t hesitate to ask for help from our international student support services such as counselling and social activities.
Stay active and healthy
Though you may feel comfortable hanging out with friends from your own country and participating in international student activities, try to include Australians in your activities and discussions. Speak English where there are other students around. Also, eat, sleep and exercise to be both physically and mentally healthy.
If English is your second language, then one of the toughest things when entering a university in Australia may be breaking down the language barrier. Read books, watch English-speaking TV, talk with English speaking and attend an English language course. There are many ways to skill up your English.