Becoming a Foreign Exchange Student in Australia

So, you’ve decided to study abroad in Australia. What’s next? Now, you’ve got to find the right University, the right foreign exchange program, the right city, the right area, the right student accommodation, the right student visa, the right…what else?

It all seems a little daunting doesn’t it? Well, have no fear because we’re here to make your job a whole lot easier. Check out where and how to find the best foreign exchange programs in Australia. Not to mention plenty of helpful tips regarding exchange student requirements, costs and student living in the Great Big Land of Oz.

Foreign Exchange Student Programs

Best Area/Uni’s for Foreign Exchange

When it comes to foreign exchange in Australia, the first steps really are figuring out the best places to live for international students a.k.a the ideal study abroad location for you. Not to mention selecting the best university to study at in Australia. Here are a few of our fave picks:

Sydney

Enjoying the Sydney harbour scenery in style

When you think of Australia, Sydney really is the iconic city that comes to mind. Sydney is a harbor city, home to the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, and is flanked by an amazingly aesthetically pleasing, coastline. Being a student in Sydney comes with all the benefits of city living while still being just a ferry or bus ride away from beautiful beaches.

It’s also worth noting that Sydney is considered one of the world’s most culturally diverse and friendly cities, so it’s heaven and a haven for international students wanting to study in Australia. In light of this, it’s no wonder that Sydney has one of the biggest populations of international students in Australia.

Sydney is also home to some of the most prestigious universities in the country, so you can get a degree with pedigree. These unis include, but are not limited to, University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, Macquarie University and University of Wollongong.

Melbourne

Melbourne’s iconic tram network

Melbourne is lesser known than Sydney city but don’t let that fool you. What it lacks in major iconic buildings, Melbourne more than makes up for in its vibrant cityscape. After all, Melbourne is renowned as the culture capital of Australia, and clinched numero uno on the Economist’s most livable city list for not one, not two, but seven years in a row! If Sydney’s a bubbling glass of champagne, then Melbourne is the full-bodied glass of quality red wine.

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The student guide to scholarships in Australia

When you consider the warm climate, pristine beaches, laid-back lifestyle and epic quality of life, it’s no wonder Australia is such a popular destination for students. In fact, the island continent is attracting more and more international students each year, with a whopping 542,000 enrolling in 2018!

But studying in Australia can seem like an unobtainable dream if you consider the cost of flights, tuition fees, student accommodation, and living expenses. Pretty daunting, right? Luckily, there are a number of amazing scholarships out there for international students that you might be eligible for and which can make a huge difference to your situation.

These scholarships can help cover your tuition, health cover, airfares and even living expenses, easing the financial burden and letting you focus on your studies instead. Plus, winning a scholarship can look great on your uni transcript when looking into career options.

Before looking at some of the top scholarships in Australia for international students, here are a few important points to consider when trying to receive study sponsorship.

Sydney is just one of the amazing cities you can choose from if you’re studying in Australia!

Tips for international students wanting to apply for Australian scholarships

Get involved within your local community. Although some international scholarships are based on academic performance, there are scholarships out there given to students who demonstrate active participation within their community. That can include local clubs, sports teams, volunteer work and any other activities that demonstrate leadership and engagement. Be sure to include these in your cover letter, as they’re often taken into account – even with academic or financial need scholarships.

Ask for help if you need it. Your scholarship application is extremely important, and any spelling mistakes, errors or unclear presentation of your ideas could mean the difference between success and rejection. If English isn’t your first language or you’re unsure about what you’ve written, we strongly recommend asking a trusted teacher, friend or parent who is fluent in English to proof read your application and offer suggestions before you submit it.

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Melbourne’s Best International Cuisine Locations on a Budget

Megan is a Brand Ambassador for The Student Housing Company and a third year international student at the University of Melbourne. She is currently pursuing a degree in commerce majoring in Accounting and Finance. She is a Filipino Chinese who hails from Singapore and has lived in Hong Kong and China too. A fun and driven individual, she knows how to work hard and play harder. She #livesforthegram and is a meme lord. If you see her around campus, don’t forget to say hi!

TSHC Brand Ambassador, Megan

Missing home? Or simply hungry for a taste of food from your home country? I’m here to help. As an international student, being in a foreign country alone can be daunting. Not only are the comforts of home gone, you won’t be able to savour a family home-cooked meal or head to your regular food establishment in your home country.

I remember my first few months in Melbourne and having to get accustomed to the food here. Surprisingly it wasn’t hard to adjust to what Melbourne had to offer. I learnt that Melbourne is a multicultural city that was home to people from all over the world. So it was only natural that Melbourne’s food-offerings were very diverse. Food from every continent and city could be found!

There is also a large, growing population of international students here in Melbourne which means more international food options just around the corner. This has definitely made my stay in Melbourne feel more like home. Here are my top recommendations for international cuisines and I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I have!

Japanese – Sushi Hotaru

Midcity Arcade, 118/200 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Sushi Hotaru packed with customers and sky-high sushi plates

Menu Favourite: Flamed Salmon Nigiri

Feeling Adventurous? Try this: Unagi Nigiri (Eel Sushi)

Love sushi trains? Check out Sushi Hotaru for a wide range of sushi for very affordable prices! Besides sushi, they also offer other Japanese food such as Udon and Ramen. Sushi Hotaru is very popular, so I suggest you head over when they are just about to open or during non-peak periods to avoid the long waiting time. Another thing to watch out for are their regular seasonal promotions. This winter, there were lucky draws held if you dined in on weekdays. Visit Sushi Hotaru and without knowing it, your sushi plates will be stacking high!

Check out their menu here.

Korean- Gukbab

535 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Local Korean favourites like Bimbimbap and Korean fried chicken

Menu Favourite: Kimchi Chigae

Feeling Adventurous? Try this: Naeng Myeon (Cold Noodles)

Looking for all the Korean essentials? Look no more, Gukbab is your place. Menu items include Bimbimbap, Japchae, Korean fried chicken, and many more! Warm yourself up this winter with a hot bowl of Kimchi Chigae (Kimchi Stew) with some Corn Cheese. In summer, you can look forward to their Naeng Myeon (Cold Noodles). If you are eating with a group of friends, I suggest ordering the Budae Chigae (Army Stew) to share. Prices range from $10 to $25 per person, depending on what you order. One thing is for sure, you’ll keep wanting more!

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Australia’s Top Universities Most Famous Alumni

Want to study at the same university as some of Australia’s most famous and influential people? Australia is lucky to be home to many world-renowned universities. With these great universities come great students, who have gone on to achieve great things! International students love studying at Australian universities for not only the great outdoors and cultural diversity, but also for the great opportunities your university can give you. Whether you want to go to university to be the founder of a major corporation or to star on the big screen like Hugh Jackman, we’ve listed our favourite celebrity alumni from Australia’s top universities!

University of Western Australia, Perth

Jo Horgan – Mecca Cosmetica

Jo Horgan is the founder of Mecca Cosmetica. A trending makeup and beauty heaven that first opened in Melbourne. The single cosmetic store has now grown to over 80 stores across Australia and New Zealand. Jo first started studying at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth! Her Bachelor of Arts was the foundation for starting her career in the beauty industry. Mecca is also consistently ranked within the top 5 best places to work in Australia. This makes it a super desirable place for uni students to work when they aren’t studying. Want more information about student jobs? We’ve done all the research for you, so don’t forget to check out our blog!

Become the leader of a leading national retail store

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Perth’s Top 5 Beaches

The beaches of Perth are usually the first thing on every new student’s list – and why wouldn’t they be? Perth has some of the clearest water and whitest sand in the world. It’s the perfect place to chill out and have fun, or a good place to study for the day if you’re in need of some sun! If this sounds like something you’re into, read on for our picks of the best beaches in Perth.

City Beach

Some of the clearest water in the world at City Beach

There’s plenty of parking at City Beach, so it’s the perfect place to drive to during a break in classes – with plenty of restaurants too, it’s the ideal place to head to for a picturesque lunch during some free time. There’s an expanse of grass and trees, as well as long stretches of sand. It’s quite a popular beach, so there’s always people to meet and places to be!

How do I get there?

City Beach is the closest beach to our brand new student accommodation in Perth, The Boulevard, a quick 20 minute drive or 40 minute bus ride away on the 81 bus.

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Why Study at Curtin University?

Curtin University is one of Perth’s most popular universities! It offers the largest course selection in Perth and you’ll find students from all around the world studying here, making it Perth’s most global Uni! If you’re interested in studying at Curtin University we’ve put together this guide about courses, features and student clubs for you too!

So where is Curtin University?

Curtin University is located south of the Perth CBD in Bentley.

Address: Kent St, Bentley, Perth, WA 6102

About the University

Curtin University was established in 1966 with its main campus in Bentley. The University has over 50,000 students and has the campus size to match. Curtin ranks 250 in the QS 2018 world rankings and each year its increasing to make its way up to the top. Curtin also ranks 9th in Australia.

Curtin University Research Building

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How does being an international student in Perth compare to other major Australian cities?

Australia is home to some incredible cities, all with many unique features that attract international students from all across the globe. Whether you’re interested exploring the beautiful beaches of Perth on the west coast or the hustle and bustle of a big city like Melbourne, we will show you what it means to be a student in Perth compared to all other major capital cities in Australia.

Perth

Perth’s most popular beach, Cottesloe! – Perfect place to de-stress after a long day at Uni!

Size and population

Perth’s population is 1.6 million, which is an ideal size for new international students as it’s not too small or too large! It’s not too big that it takes forever to get to the places you want to go but is the perfect size for meeting up with friends who are studying at different universities throughout Perth.

Visiting beaches in Perth

Perth is home to some of the best beaches in the country! The great thing about them is they are never overly crowded as you have the whole coast to explore and find a spot that’s completely secluded! Perth beaches are known for pure white sand and crystal-clear water, they’re enjoyable at all times of the year, even in the middle of winter!

Best things about living in Perth for students

Not only is Perth home to some of the best beaches, living in Perth gives you easy access to the beautiful natural sights of Western Australia. International students in Perth love to explore the different landmarks such as Rottnest Island and the Pinnacle. You can read more about where students like to visit for day trips on our recent blog! If you are a nature person, Perth is definitely for you!

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How Safe is Perth for Students?

So, you may be wondering, how safe is it for students to live in Perth? Perth is home to a large number of international students and many believe Perth is one of the safest cities in the world because of its friendly people and great sense of community! Moving to a foreign country can be scary at first and we know that looking for safe and secure student accommodation in Perth is a priority. So we’ve outlined all the details such as who to contact and safety features to help you feel safe in Perth!

Who to contact if you need help?

In an emergency situation, the number to call is 000. This number will give you access to fire fighters, ambulances and police. For non-emergency police assistance please call 131 444.

Police in Perth are very friendly! Don’t be afraid to speak to them if you need help.

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Top Day Trip Destinations for Students in Perth!

What sets Perth apart from any city? It’s close proximity to amazing destinations to tour. From it’s beautiful coastline at Rottnest Island to the Pinnacle Desert. We’ve listed the best places that students like to visit with friends, that are cheap and easy enough to see in a weekend or study break.

Explore the Margaret River Region

The Southwest of Western Australia is one of the country’s most beautiful regions. Margaret River is a perfect place to start and has so much to do. It’s only 3 hours south of Perth and is students favourite place to go if they want a short, cheap getaway over the study break or weekend. Sights students like to check out include the many beaches, caves and forests. Check out their website for a full list of Margaret River attractions.

How to Get There?

The best option is to rent a car so, you have complete freedom of what you can visit. However, some attractions offer private tours which take you there directly. For list of tours check out their website for more information.

If heights do not scare you, check out The Valley of The Giants Tree Top walk!
If heights do not scare you, check out The Valley of The Giants Tree Top walk!

Cool off at Injidup Natural Spa

Location: End of Wyadup Road, Yallingup

One of Western Australia’s best kept secrets, Injidup Natural Spa is a rock pool with crystal clear blue water. It’s not just any rock pool, the rocks shelter the pool from large waves, creating spa like bubbles. Best place to come if you need to de-stress from your exams or just want a relaxing weekend with friends. You can come for a day, or stay a few nights and explore the area. Indjidup Spa was not even known to most locals until it was made famous due to its picturesque image on Instagram. There’s no natural path, so you’ll have to climb some rocks to get there, but trust us, it’s well worth it.

Day trip to Injidup
Day trip to Injidup

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The Guide to Student Jobs in Perth

While you’re studying, it can be a good idea to build some experience and earn some money working on a part time or casual basis. Even working outside of your field of study can have some great benefits when you look for a permanent role out of university. We’ve listed some of the jobs you may choose to work while studying and we even have a way we can help!

You might choose to work in a boutique coffee shop like this one

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