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STUDYING ABROAD AUSTRALIA
AUSTRALIAN FOOD AND CULTURE________________________________________________
A big concern for many of our students is whether they will ‘survive’ the Australian culture and miss their traditional foods. Rest assured that Australia is a very diverse country and you are bound to find restaurants that cater for your local cuisine and/or get together with others from your countries and cook together. However a big part of studying in Australia is all about learning the culture and joining into the Australian way of life.
Australians have a growing interest in multicultural foods and drinks from across Asia, The Middle East, Europe and Africa and there is a growing awareness of cultural and religious food requirements, such as Halal and Kosher practices. Vegetarianism has gained broader acceptance due to the important role vegetables and vegetable products such as tofu play in Asian, Indian and other international cuisines.
Australian native bush tucker foods remain a novelty. Game meats such as kangaroo, wallaby, emu and crocodile are available as specialty items.
Christmas in Australia, in mid-summer, is likely to involve ‘barbie’ (barbecue), full of seafood and quality steak.
Most students learn to get together and cook in their years at university. This is by far the cheapest and most economical way to get through your studies. The universities we work with have a diverse range of nationalities and as such you are bound to find others from your country or region that you can get together with. Larger cities like Melbourne, Perth, Brisbaneetc have a good selection of Kenyan, Nigeria, Ghanaian and Pakistani food outlets and restaurants.
The majority of Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year.
The northern states of Australia are typically warm all the time, with the southern states experiencing cool winters but rarely sub-zero temperatures.
Snow falls on the higher mountains during the winter months, enabling skiing in southern New South Wales and Victorian ski resorts, as well as the smaller resorts in Australia's island state, Tasmania.
Like all countries in the southern hemisphere (the hemisphere south of the Equator), Australia's seasons follow the sequence:
Summer: December to February
Autumn: March to May
Winter: June to August
Spring: September to November
This means that the Australian Christmas takes place at the height of summer. It also means that the mid-year break for students happens in winter. The end of year break for students is commonly known as the 'summer holidays', or the 'Christmas holidays'
TRANSPORTATION WITHIN AUSTRALIA
Australian cities have excellent public (and private) transport systems, making travelling around them simple.
Driving in Australia
In Australia, laws and driving regulations differ from state to state. Some states require you to carry an International Licence with your current foreign license. Other states require you to carry your current foreign driver's license together with a formal translation of your license into English.
There are many transport options available for getting around:
Bike – cheap alternative and healthy too! But wear a helmet and buy a good lock for your bike. Many cities have bike lanes. These are designated lanes just for bikes. Melbourne offers a bike share scheme. Take a bike when you need it and then return it to one of the 50 bike stations throughout the city. For further details checkout the following website www.melbournebikeshare.com.au for more information
Coaches – offers efficient travel between major cities. Further information can be found at: www.austwidecoaches.com.au or www.greyhound.com.au
Buses – convenient way of getting around. Public transport can be inexpensive if used with student discounts on offer. Melbourne has a Nightrider service that operates on Friday and Saturday nights. The cost of travelling on Melbourne’s buses is A$9 for a student ticket. Melbourne bus information can be found at: http://ptv.vic.gov.au/fares-tickets/concessions/students. Outside of Melbourne check your local town government website for details of buses in your area.
Trains - Australia’s train networks are vast and fairly inexpensive. If you are able to plan your journey in advance and book online it is generally cheaper than buying a ticket at the station. For details of tickets, train times, and journey planners contact National Rail www.railpage.org.au
Plane - There are many airlines that fly to Australia, try a comparison website like Expedia www.expedia.co.uk/Flights or Sky Scanner www.skyscanner.net. These will search many providers for the flight you are looking for. Australia has a few domestic airlines offering internal flights within the country, JetStar www.jetstar.com and Tiger Airways www.tigerairways.com being just two. There also many international airlines that fly to Australia:
British Airways: www.britishairways.com
Taxi – can be very costly to use. Taxis in Melbourne costs a minimum of A$3.20 then $1.62 per kilometre. The fare is based on time of day, distance travelled and time taken. Fares elsewhere will vary from place to place and are more expensive in the evenings, at weekends and during public holidays.
LIFE IN AUSTRALIA
Australia is a natural wonderland of beautiful beaches, crystal blue waters, amazing ancient rock formations and pristine rainforests. It is the sixth largest country in the world and has the lowest population density per square kilometre. Australia has 16 world heritage listed properties with its historic townships, bustling cities, vivid landscapes and exotic flora and fauna all adding to its unique appeal.
Australian culture is as broad and varied as the country's landscape. Australia is multicultural and multiracial and this is reflected in the country's food, lifestyle and cultural practices.
Australia has an important heritage from its indigenous people, which plays a defining role in the cultural landscape.
Brisbane is a cultural city. Here you’ll find the Queensland Cultural Centre on South Bank, and a plethora of galleries, museums and theatres.
You can explore the Brisbane River winding through the Brisbane city centre.
Kayak past Brisbane’s glittering sky-line at night or take in the breathtaking panorama of the city and its surrounds from the top of the Story Bridge
Climb or abseil the cliffs at Kangaroo Point or walk, bike ride or rollerblade over the floating walkways of Brisbane Riverwalk. Take a stroll in the City Botanic Gardens or riverside parks of South Bank.
Multi-cultural Melbourne has its own month-long food-and-wine festival in March. It is an artistic, sophisticated and eclectic city. Compact in size, the city is split into distinct pockets, each with its own individual vibe and character. Behind the main city streets lies a hidden web of tiny alleys where you will find fashion boutiques, cafes, and hip bars and restaurants. Discover cafes, bars and boutiques in city laneways sprawling secretly off ordered streets, the riverside atmosphere from Southbank you can visit Federation Square. Cruise down the Yarra and wander the lawns and lakes of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Take a day trip to the beaches, wineries, galleries and golf courses of the Mornington Peninsula.
For more inspiration as to where to go check out the following website
Sport plays an important part in Australian life.
Cricket, Australian Rules football and rugby feature strongly
Melbourne has been named the Top Sports Events City in the world and the Ultimate Sports City in the world
Why not follow one the local sides?
MCC Hockey http://mcchockey.org
Melbourne Heart www.footballaustralia.com.au/melbourneheart
Melbourne Cricket Club www.mcc.org.au
If you fancy seeing the latest blockbuster most large towns have a cinema, if you use you student ID most offer discounted prices
Event Cinemas www.eventcinemas.com.au
Odeon 5 www.odeon5.com.au
ACCOMMODATION IN AUSTRALIA
Where you decide to live is a very important decision as you will be living here for the duration of your course. Choose somewhere where you are going to be happy. There is a shortage of affordable housing across Australia that affects everyone, from international students to Australian residents.
Most universities and some vocational institutions offer a variety of accommodation on or near campus, such as apartments, residential colleges or halls of residence. The cost varies depending on the type of accommodation. Residential colleges are slightly more expensive and provide accommodation with meals. They may also have sporting and social facilities, tutoring, libraries and computer facilities. Halls of residence are located on or near institution campuses. Students usually have meals and some cleaning services provided. Students need to apply early because demand for places is high.
Hostels and guest houses
Hostels are usually run by organisations such as Youth Hostels Australia and the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA). Students share kitchen and bathroom facilities.
Shared / rental accommodation
Sharing off-campus accommodation is very popular with international students. You should look for advertisements on campus noticeboards and local newspapers. Expect that you will have to provide your own furniture. When renting a house, apartment or bed sitter, landlords require rent to be paid in advance, and will require a security bond equal to one months’ rent.
Make sure to apply for your accommodation as soon as you have chosen your university. Demand for accommodation is very high and availability of on-campus accommodation, (if available) can not be guaranteed.
AUSTRALIAN STUDENT VISAS
Experience shows that students who attempt to apply on their own find the whole process complicated, time-consuming and daunting. The majority of all student visa applicants get visa refusals and such refusals will stay on your record at the High Commission.
This is where the visa expertise of the Riabisel Education team can make all the difference – often turning those painful refusal letters into joyous student visas!
So how long does it take to obtain your visa? Each case is different but the new systems now being operated by the Australian High Commission tend to rely very heavily on meticulous paperwork rather than interviews. Putting such documentation together can take up to 2 or 3 months – but the good news is that the Riabisel Education Visa Protocol Officers have been rigorously trained in helping you to prepare and submit such documentation.
Our visa specialists will help you to complete the visa application forms, advise you as to the bank statements you must normally provide and counsel you as to the sponsorship letters and other documentation that is so vital if your application is to be successful. Where necessary we will provide you with a vigorous mock interview in preparation for what you should expect at the High Commission.
If for some reason you get a visa refusal after applying through Riabisel Education, unlike other education agencies, Riabisel Education does not close its doors to you. As long as we feel that you are genuine and still have a fighting chance then we will help you turn around the rejection.
We have a very high success rate amongst student visa applications as long as you follow our advice throughout.
Our statistics show that you are twice more likely to get a visa through *COMPANY NAME*’s help than on your own and our advice to students is that no matter how confident you feel
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO GO THROUGH THIS CRUCIAL STEP ON YOUR OWN! CONTACT US FIRST IT MAY MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.
There is no doubt that Australia is a great place to combine a quality education with an outstanding quality of life.
As an international student, you must pay some of your tuition fees up-front.
Aside from tuition fees, some institutions may also charge for other student costs, such as library, laboratory or sports facility costs. Excursions, books and stationery are other costs to consider, and your course may also require specific essential materials, such as lab coats or photographic supplies.
Tuition fees are paid at the beginning of your course (before registration at least 50% is needed although you may be needed to pay a deposit before you even apply for your visa in your home country)
The following table gives an indication of cost:
A$9,000 to 14,000
A$14,000 to 35,000
A$15,000 to 36,000
International students are required to show evidence that they can contribute to the cost of living and studying in Australia. This helps to ensure students are better able to make the most of their studies and have a safe and enjoyable experience in Australia.
The minimum living costs required are set down by the Australian Government. See http://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au, and consult your local *COMPANY NAME* office.
Australians enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world - but it can be expensive for students. An average international student in Australia will spend about A$500 a week on accommodation, food, clothing, entertainment, transport and telephone. Remember this figure depends on your location, lifestyle and even your course.
The following is a guide for the things you need to budget for:
accommodation; will vary depending on the type of accommodation (private rental excludes heating, lighting, electricity and, in some cases, water rates)
books and photocopying
clothes and toiletries
entertainment and sports will vary depending on your interests
travel expenses, phone calls, birthday presents and additional course costs
When you first arrive in the Australia it is advisable to take some money in the form of currency notes and some Traveller's cheques.
Make arrangements to have your money transferred to your account in a bank in your home country, which can later be transferred to your new bank account in Australia.
Make sure you apply for your Student ID Card as many local shops, theatres, cinemas, museums give discounts and special fare prices are available on buses and trains.