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Want to study in Australia? Do your homework first!

May 23, 2019 14:50 IST

Do an in-depth research on what subject to pursue, which university to apply, whether you meet the eligibility criteria, and most importantly, availability of adequate funds, says Rohit Sethi.

Want to study in Australia?

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According to 2018 data from Australian High Commission in New Delhi, number of students travelling to Australia for higher studies has increased over the years.

On an average 62,000 Indian students enrol into Australian universities every year.

If you are considering Australia as an option for higher education, these tips will be useful:

Do your homework

Always do an in-depth research and proper homework on what subject to pursue, which university to apply, whether you meet the eligibility criteria, and most importantly, availability of adequate funds.

It's always advisable not to choose a university or opt for a subject simply because your friends and relatives asked you to.

Weigh the advantages of pursuing the course and how it will benefit your career.

Procedure to apply 

There are three ways to apply for an Australian university.

One, directly through the respective university's website; second, through a local university and third, through an external agent.

Go for the third option if you aren't confident enough to apply for it by yourself; the appointed agent will come to your rescue and guide you through the entire process.

Understand the 'why'

Whatever course or studies you are opting for, always understand the purpose before choosing that.

If you are selecting a subject, for instance, accounting, then there should be a reason behind that.

You are choosing it either due to decent job opportunities, which the course is offering or maybe due to your innate interest on the respective subject.

So, ponder over the 'Why'!

Accept and embrace change

Living abroad can be extremely challenging in the initial years of relocation, especially if you are homesick.

Also, because of our parent's concern on several factors such as safety, culture, circle etc.

In that case, try and learn to embrace this change and always stay open to it.

Your ideologies may not meet with others, but that's fine; stay open and upbeat. That's actually the perfect way of learning the new culture and making good friends.

Brim with passion

Ignite your innate passion to learn newer things and never hesitate asking questions.

Listen carefully to what others say and stay open to opportunities of grasping the new learning atmosphere.

Health

As a foreigner, you must ensure you are covered with a proper health package -- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).

Read the guidelines of the package carefully to understand how it can help you with potential expenses at the time of emergencies or abrupt health issues.

Explore all the nearby hospitals and emergency centers once you accommodate there.

Public transport

Although there is nothing to worry when it comes to using Australian public transport, you must skim through all the timelines and schedules of the services.

Many transport services also give student concessions; ask for it and make sure you have proper transport cards basis your status and age.

Get habituated with new grades 

Although India has also started grading students with letters, the letters used in Australian universities denote different meanings; for instance HD stands for high distinction.

In addition to the aforementioned points, remember that the minimum wage in Australia is A$ 17.70 per hour, and you can also work as tutors.

Rohit Sethi is director, ESS Global, an international education consulting firm.

Rohit Sethi