3 Things Every Student Needs to Know When Studying in Australia

Check the information below to help ensure that you have safe and rewarding experience while studying abroad in Australia.


Training programs, fees, scholarships, entry requirements or regulations on student visas are all important things international students should carefully research before they hop on a plane to the Land Downunder.


Australian part-time jobs for overseas students




International students in Australia on student visas can work up to 40 hours per fortnight during their study period, and there is no limit on the number of hours an overseas students can work during holiday periods from their study. That means you can earn enough money to cover your living expenses or perhaps save some money to do some travelling around Australia. Working for a native speaker would give you a chance to improve English and get better pay.


Stay and work after graduation




Australia is known for its ability to attract talent through skilled immigration programs. If you wish to stay and work after your study here, you should research what skills are in short supply in Australia and identify your competency area.


Areas such STEM, medicine, education and social work are always on the list of incentives as a result of Australia’s current development trend. Overseas students after graduation can apply for Post-Study Work Stream (length of stay: two to four years). This is a big advantage before they apply for permanent residency (PR) in Australia, especially when the chances of overcoming the skills assessment and gaining PR are higher for candidates with study and work experience in Australia.


Please visit here for other options for international students who wish to stay in Australia after they have finished their studies.


Health and insurance




The Australia’s healthcare system is regarded as one of the best in the world. The average life expectancy here is 82.8 years (2015), placing it among the top four countries of the 194 WHO-member states in terms of ageing and longevity. To maximise cost savings, overseas students in Australia are required to have the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) ($425 per year). OSHC provides cover to contribute towards the costs of out-of-hospital medical treatment, in-hospital medical treatment, prescription medicines and emergency ambulance assistance.


There are also several non-compulsory types of insurance which you may find useful – private health insurance, travel insurance, home and contents insurance, vehicle insurance.


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