Adelaide is a welcoming, friendly city that offers something for everyone. It offers the perfect balance of learning and lifestyle in one of the world’s most liveable cities. Why study in Adelaide? 14% lower cost of living than Sydney & Melbourne Additional year Post Study Work Rights Quality on-campus study experience 50% discount on public transport How to get to Adelaide, South Australia Students from most parts of Australia are allowed to enter South Australia. Just follow these steps: Apply and accept your offer to study with a South Australian institution. Book your accommodation Make your travel arrangements Complete the Cross Border Travel Registration at least three days before you arrive into South Australia, regardless of where your travel begins. Important Information From 1 July 2020, all travellers need pre-approval before entering South Australia. The Cross Border Travel Registration will confirm – before you arrive – whether you need to self–isolate for 14 days on arrival. View the latest travel advice from SA Government at https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/restrictions-and-responsibilities/travel-restrictions Find out more
Expert Education invites all aspiring international students to join our ‘Virtual Information Session’ happening from 2 June 2020 – 12 June 2020. What is Virtual Information Session? As we are unable to conduct a physical education exhibition this time, we are organising a ‘Virtual Information Session’ to provide aspiring international students with the opportunity to hear from education providers directly. You can learn about your preferred institutions, their July intake and enrolments, varied course options and most importantly, the available scholarships to start your course in July 2020. How will it work? There will be a separate webinar session for each institution and you are free to register for as many webinars as you wish. You will get a chance to ask questions to the participating institution representatives and avail any event special promotions offered by them. How can I benefit? By attending these webinars, you can: Interact with the institution representatives Avail HUGE scholarships available for July 2020 intake Win $50 voucher in every session you attend* Get $500 additional scholarship** Get FREE PTE Mock Test *one winner is chosen via lucky draw every session **towards tuition fee in July 2020 Register for the session Below is the schedule of the upcoming webinars. Feel free to join as many sessions as you want. Swinburne University - SydneyDate: 02 June 2020 Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Register Asia Pacific International CollegeDate: 02 June 2020 Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Register Victoria University - SydneyDate: 02 June 2020 Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Register Torrens UniversityDate: 02 June 2020 Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pmRegister Top Education InstituteDate: 03 June 2020 Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Register Australian Institute of Higher EducationDate: 03 June 2020 Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Register Melbourne Institute of TechnologyDate: 04 June 2020 Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Register Charles Sturt University - Study CentresDate: 04 June 2020 Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Register King's Own InstituteDate: 04 June 2020 Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Register Holmes InstituteDate: 05 June 2020 Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Register Crown Institute of Higher EducationDate: 05 June 2020 Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Register Canterbury Institute of ManagementDate: 05 June 2020 Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Register University of CanberraDate: 09 June 2020 Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Register Australian National UniversityDate: 09 June 2020 Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Register Charles Darwin UniversityDate: 10 June 2020 Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Register Flinders UniversityDate: 10 June 2020 Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Register University of TasmaniaDate: 10 June 2020 Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Register KENT InstituteDate: 11 June 2020 Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Register Australian Catholic UniversityDate: 11 June 2020 Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Register TAFE NSWDate: 11 June 2020 Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Register Western Sydney UniversityDate: 12 June 2020 Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm Register Australian Careers CollegeDate: 12 June 2020 Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Register Queensford CollegeDate: 12 June 2020 Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Register Central Queensland UniversityDate: 25 June 2020 Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Register
Australia is one of the prominent locations for international students as well as for individuals looking to settle down. Australia has two places, namely Melbourne and Sydney, in the top 3 of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s global liveability index. Melbourne is ranked second in The Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2019 Global Liveability Index, missing out on the top spot by just 0.7%, a place which Melbourne held for eight consecutive years. The title itself primarily comes down to personal preferences, with multiple sources selecting different locations. However, the stable society with low crime rates, excellent healthcare system, access to quality education, higher employability rate and world-class infrastructures make Melbourne a magnificent city to live and work in. My name is Sumin, and I came to Australia as an international student. I have thoroughly enjoyed my stay in Melbourne and here are some of my reasons to “Why Melbourne? “ Cultural Diversity Melbourne is the capital of the State of Victoria and is known for its cultural diversity. It is home to more than five million people with varied cultures belonging to different parts of the world. The official language spoken in Melbourne is English, but more than 100 languages are spoken here (Australian Bureau of Statistics). Melbourne’s cultural diversity becomes evident with so many cultural celebrations throughout the year. The Moomba Festival, the Momo Festival, the Indian Festival, Melbourne Italian Festa, Chinese New Year and the Melbourne Fringe Festival, are just some of the options on offer. However, there is so much going on each day in Melbourne that you have to learn to choose. Be sure to check out Eventbrite for details regarding each event happening around you. Green and Vibrant Melbourne is one of the most cosmopolitan and multicultural cities in the world (Global Destination Sustainability Index). It is known for its arts, food and wine, diverse sporting and leisure opportunities as well as for shopping. Melbourne has a lively city in the centre with an abundance of parks and gardens, age-old trees, and lawns to enhance physical wellbeing. You can wander the tree-lined pathways through the Treasury and Fitzroy Gardens, the sculptured terraces of Birrarung Marr, or the famous Royal Botanic Gardens. Melbourne has embraced street art evident by the cobblestone laneways plastered with graffiti and stencil art. The winding alleyways are magical, which will probably make you feel as though you’ve stepped into a comic book. The vibrant laneway with ever-changing street art murals is packed with busy shopping arcades, wandering performers, live music and some hidden bars, cafes and boutiques. If you happen to walk into one of such bars, it will take you a trip down memory lane with old school games and arcade games. The famous ACDC lane has embraced the graffiti culture and is host to the Cherry Bar which claims to be the nation’s rock ‘n’ roll capital. If you are the lover of art, then take a walk down the Hosier Lane, Duckboard Lane, ACDC Lane and Tattersalls Lane. I would also recommend walking down the Southbank Promenade, which is vibrant during the summer. It is a crime to forget your camera during your visits. The Famous Melbourne Weather Melbourne has all four kinds of weather, and if you are lucky enough, you could experience all of them in just a day. People often mock Melbourne for being the only place where you need to carry your sunglasses, shorts, a jacket and an umbrella at the same time. Accommodation There are three options available: campus accommodation, student accommodation and share-house accommodation. Campus Accommodation is the most expensive option with the average cost of living on campus at a university in the Melbourne area ranging between $665 – $825 per week. Living on campus means you save on travel time, utilities and food costs. However, you will still need to budget for eating out, health costs, your phone bill and entertainment. Commercial Student Accommodation such as Scape, Iglu, UniLodge, Urbanest, Journal, The Student Housing Company and Atira are great options if you want to stay with other students somewhere near to the university. The cost will vary depending on the company and your room choice; however, it is essential to remember this only includes your rent and utilities. Food, entertainment, eating out, phone and health costs will all need to be factored in. The average price of accommodation ranges between $275 – $325 per week. The Share-house Accommodation is the cheapest option when you move to Australia; however, your individual preference will determine the price. On average you can expect to pay between $175 – $400 per week, which may or may not include utilities. You can check out Facebook Market Place or Facebook Community Pages that have posts from potential flatmates looking to share their house with you. If you are unsure of any of the options, you can look at temporary short-term options like hostels, backpacker hotels or lower rate hotels that will bite off $242-$560 per week. However, being sure of your accommodation choice before you commit is PRICELESS as moving places will incur you further cost. There are removal services available to help you with the process, though. Transportation Trams, trains and cars are popular transport choices in Melbourne. Myki is Melbourne’s version of a mass transit pass and with the expense of about $9.00 per day you can travel pretty much everywhere the trains and trams can take you. Trains run from Flinders Street Station in the city to outer suburbs. There are five stations in the central business district: Southern Cross Station, Flagstaff, Melbourne Central, Parliament and Flinders Street. Southern Cross Station is Melbourne’s hub for regional and interstate trains. Melbourne’s airport is also easily accessible and close to the city centre with just 20-35 minutes drive. Skybus operates between the city (Southern Cross Station) and Tullamarine airport (a 20 minutes drive costing about $19)and leaves every 10 minutes. Trams are an iconic part of Melbourne’s identity but can be slow. The historic City Circle Tram runs along with the system’s Route 35, taking passengers to major attractions, shops, and city events for free. Owning a car in Melbourne is not a great deal, and with one stable job, having your vehicle can be more convenient than you think. You can drive with your International Driver’s License for about six months before getting the Victorian License. Having your vehicle would also mean new job prospects like Uber, Didi, Ola and UberEats. The infamous ‘hook-turn’ (Melbourne is the only city in the world boasting this manoeuvre) involves performing a right-hand turn from the left-hand lane to ensure intersections are free of cars for the use of trams. Parking can turn out to be an arduous task with confusing instructions. It is advisable to find another spot with clear instructions as incorrect parking may incur hefty fines. Melbourne also has a cycling network that has over 135 km of on-road and off-road routes. Major on-road cycling routes include Royal Parade, Canning Street, Rathdowne Street, Swanston Street, Albert Street, La Trobe Street, Exhibition Street and St Kilda Road. The off-road routes include the Yarra River Trail, Moonee Ponds Creek Trail, Maribyrnong River Trail, Dynon Road, Footscray Road and Harbour Esplanade. Work The Australian economy is dominated by the services sector with recent growth recorded in construction, healthcare, education, engineering, mining and energy industries. Currently, the country is experiencing a skills shortage in finance, construction, education, engineering and healthcare. If you are migrating for work, then these are the fields that you can potentially look into. If you are a backpacker or a student, then work is relatively easy to find in Melbourne. The major employment providers in Melbourne for international students are the hospitality and the retail industry. The hospitality industry is social and flexible and a great place to practice and work on your English skills through interaction with customers and colleagues. The significant positions in this industry include wait-staffs, kitchenhands, chefs, bartenders and food delivery persons. The retail work is another prominent option for students looking to fit in work schedule with their university timetable. If you are comfortable around children, then Nannying part-time can be a great casual job. However, various positions may require specialised training to be acquired before the commencement of employment. But, don’t stress as these training can be completed in a day or two. The demand for workforce rises during the summer period and falls during the winter period. So, try making your travel arrangements before the summer kicks in to be in the best position to land a job. Note: Lack of reference can make finding a job a tricky affair in Australia. Food and Drinks Melbourne is a culinary hotspot offering a variety of cuisines from around the world. You can find everything from traditional fish and chips joints to big-name chefs. Melbourne also has a thriving bar and coffee scene; the bars and cafes can be found upstairs, downstairs, in the basements, around corners and sometimes even hidden. An average cup of coffee in Melbourne is $4 per cup while a glass of wine, beer or cider ranges between $10-$12 each, with spirits and cocktails being more expensive costing around $12-$25. Budgeting can get tricky with fantastic food on offer and delivered to your doorsteps through UberEats and MenuLog. Buying your groceries and meal prepping is the most cost-efficient method. The average prices of meals in Melbourne can amount to: $18 for breakfast $17 for lunch $25 per meal at dinner. Education and Health Care Education is one of many reasons Melbourne is consistently rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities. Melbourne boasts of some of the best schools and universities in the world and is ranked the world’s 3rd Best University-City. Melbourne University and Monash University are among the world’s top 100 universities. International students are protected by the Tuition Protection Service (TPS) under Australian Government legislation, and educational institutions are required to abide by the ESOS Act ensuring access to quality education and financial securities. Overseas student health cover is mandatory for student visa holders when coming to Australia. Not only is it great for peace of mind, but it also covers doctors’ appointments, hospital costs, emergency ambulance and prescription medicine. Before visiting a doctor (General Practitioner or GP) make sure that the doctors are affiliated with your health cover provider to reduce or eliminate any payment that you would normally need to make on the day of your appointment. You can do this by checking the list of affiliated health centres with your provider through their website. If you are not on a student visa, it is still highly recommended that you have health insurance coverage because health services are expensive in Australia. Overall, I believe, Melbourne is neither too crowded nor as silent as the countryside. It is an excellent blend of either. The prospect for enhancing your career in the field of study upon completion of your studies is greater in Melbourne than other cities. I would never trade Melbourne over other cities in Australia to settle down. References: Australian Beareua of Statistics, Global Destination Sustainability Index, Cohort Go, cuture trip & CNN Travel
Health is everything. If you break an arm, it’s expected that you rest, take medicine and give it treatment to heal. It’s the same with your mental health. Your brain is an organ, just like any other in the human body, and it too is prone to getting sick. To make sure our bones are strong, we eat foods high in calcium. In the same way, to make sure our brain is strong and resilient during this current pandemic, we can do small things to help our mental health when the times get tough. Here are my tips and tricks you can use to keep a healthy brain in check: 1. Movement Your body was designed to move. In just a few minutes, physical activity boosts our metabolism. Research shows that physical activity and exercise decreases depression and increases self-esteem. This list could go on and on. The human body contains more than 600 muscles, which shows that the body was constructed for amazing physical capabilities. It’s clear that the human body functions best when it is active. There is power in motion! So, get out there and move them legs! Your brain will thank you for it. 2. Meditate Meditation is super helpful for your brain. It’s like giving yourself a mental high-five. Your mind is being bombarded with information constantly, so it’s essential to take a few moments to breathe, centre yourself and be present in your body. Make sure to switch off from your screens once in a while too, give your body and mind the needed rest it deserves. Apps designed for guided meditation can be found online, such as Smiling Mind. Om Namah Shivaya! 3. Make Stuff You can work those brain muscles by making things. Cooking! Preparing home-cooked delicious and healthy meals is a great way to do something productive, learn a new skill or recipe, and keep a healthy brain. You’ll be using your hands, engaging your mind, and keeping yourself active. Try learning a new recipe with your housemates, pick up a new hobby like drawing, crochet or becoming TikTok famous. Check out these tasty Nepalese recipes to try! 4. Pause There’s a lot of negativity in the media and on the news about COVID-19. It’s so important to give your brain a rest from the info that’s bombarding our screens. While it is necessary to be updated, it is equally vital to have a balance to what we expose our minds to. An excellent way to do this is to pause. Take a break, step away from the computer, turn off Facebook, switch off and be still. Use a few minutes of your day to do something you enjoy. Remember, time flies when you’re having fun. 5. Connect Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you’re feeling. The situation may be overwhelming, but coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger. Here’s a handy list of helplines across Australia you can use if you need to reach out. It’s normal to feel stress and worry when there is a health event happening in the community that is affecting people’s wellbeing. The team at Expert Education and Visa Services is here to support you during these unpredictable times and will be available to assist wherever we can. Stay safe and stay home!
To assist international students experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19, several universities and colleges are offering varied support initiatives. Here are some of the institution with their COVID-19 support offers: Charles Sturt UniversityCharles Sturt University has introduced COVID-19 Student Support Grant which provides financial assistance to support students who have incurred additional study-related expenses that have had an impact on their ability to continue the study as a result of COVID-19. Read more here. Federation UniversityFederation University is offering financial assistance to currently enrolled, on-campus (Ballarat, Berwick, Brisbane, Gippsland and Wimmera), eligible domestic and international higher education students impacted by a reduced income due to reduction in or loss of employment as a result of the impacts of COVID-19. Assistance may include: Weekly assistance of up to $300 each (for up to five weeks) Funding for computer and/or technology assistance for students who are unable to study remotely FedLiving accommodation assistance Student Tuition Fee due-date extensions Start your application from here. Western Sydney UniversityWestern Sydney University has announced a 10% fee reduction for onshore international students studying a coursework degree in Autumn Session, Quarter 2 and 1H, including Master of Research students. Students may also be eligible for other support from ‘international student hardship fund’. Flinders UniversityTo reduce financial stress, Flinders University has developed a $12.5 million Flinders Student Support Package which includes: $1 million in emergency support payments, of up to $500, made available to students through FUSA; A new Matthew Flinders Scholarship program, with scholarships valued up to $2,000, to support the continuation of your studies; and The waiver of the Student Services and Amenities Fee for all students. Read how you can access these support here. University of NewcastleThe University of Newcastle has reduced the required deposit from students to receive eCOEs to AUD$5,000 (excluding ELICOS fees). International students can also commence their studies online until students can arrive onshore. Students with ELICOS packaged offers will also be able to complete the ELICOS component online. Students can commence their classes online even if visa applications are being processed. Furthermore, the university has also announced a 5% discount for Trimester 2 2020 commencing students. The university has also established a COVID-19 Student Hardship Fund valued at $1 million. This investment will focus on supporting a range of student emergency needs – from funding meals, helping pay bills, to assisting with accommodation for those in great need. Find out more about the available support here. Griffith UniversityGriffith University is offering a COVID-19 Student Support Bursary to help current students experiencing financial hardships. Students must apply in order to be considered for this bursary and the applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on 9 April 2020. You can find more information here. Charles Darwin UniversityTo alleviate immediate hardship and to enable students to continue their studies, Charles Darwin University has introduced CDU COVID-19 Student Assistance Grant. This is applicable for students currently enrolled in Semester 1, Study Periods 1-2 and/or Terms 1-2 2020. An application with supporting documents is required to apply for this grant. Apply here. University of Southern QueenslandThe University of Southern Queensland (USQ) has announced the COVID-19 Student Support Package to support its students to continue their studies through this pandemic. All USQ students will be able to access this package, which includes changes to grades and further flexibility with assignment due dates, a comprehensive suite of financial supports and further enhancements to online support services. Financial support includes: Living expenses support –a one-off payment of $500 or a support payment of up to $3000 for eligible students. Technology packs – a single payment of up to $1000 or the provision of a personal computer to eligible students. Learning resource support – a single payment of up to $500 for textbooks or relevant learning resources to eligible students. Applications for the COVID-19 Student Financial Assistance Scheme are now open. Find out how you can apply for this fund here. University of the Sunshine CoastThe University of the Sunshine Coast is offering Emergency Bursaries valued at up to $1,000 to assist students experiencing unexpected financial hardship. Apply for this bursary here. APICAPIC has adjusted their fees and onshore deposit for COE for the remaining intakes in 2020 at APIC for new enrolments. Australian Institute of Higher EducationAustralian Institute of Higher Education has extended their discounted “bursary” pricing as well as the Women in STEM Scholarship for all intakes in 2020. They have also offered a generous payment plan for international students. Macquarie UniversityMacquarie University has implemented ‘Student Support Success Package’ to assist its students struggling to meet everyday financial needs. This support package includes: E-vouchers Delay payment of part of the current session fees Borrow back 25% of current session fees COVID- 19 Financial Assistance Grant COVID-19 Financial Assistance Loan Flexible payment plans Applications are now open. Read more here on how you can access these support. Victoria UniversityVictoria University has launched the COVID-19 Student Support Fund to support enrolled students. Eligible students may be eligible for the following: Emergency financial grant for students impacted by self-isolation/quarantine requirements or job losses. Technology grant to support students in pursuing studies that have transitioned to digital platforms Crisis housing support for students who have encountered hardship as a result of the loss of paid employment. Rental assistance grants up to the value of $500 Find how you can apply for the grant here Australian Catholic UniversityAustralian Catholic University is offering support to international students suffering from undue financial hardship while enrolled at ACU that may prevent them from continuing their course. Support includes: Fee extension for Semester 1 2020 up until May 2020 Instalment Plan for Semester 2 2020 ACU Student Loan up to $450 if they are experiencing financial hardship ACU International Hardship Loan up to $4,500 Find out more and apply for the support here EQUALS International To support its international students, EQUALS International is offering the following support: Flexibility with tuition fee payments Access to food and care packages Assistance in obtaining employment with EQUALS industry partners Phone counselling and health consultations via phone/Zoom Find out more about how you can access these supports here. StudyAdelaide South Australia The South Australian Government has announced $13.8 million International Student Support Package to support international students currently residing in South Australia and facing financial hardship. There are three components to this package: The South Australian Government, in partnership with the state’s three public universities, will match funding to alleviate student hardship as a result of COVID-19. The funding will be distributed between the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia to distribute to their pathway and international students. A $500 emergency cash grant will be available to other international students not studying at one of the public universities, currently enrolled in a course, living in Adelaide and who meet the criteria. For school students living with South Australian families, a one-off $200 COVID-19 assistance payment per student will be provided to homestay families, to help support accommodation for school students. Check your eligibility criteria and Register your interest here. Kaplan Business SchoolKaplan Business School has announced a $5 Million Financial Support Package to assist its students facing difficult circumstances due to COVID-19. This package includes the following key elements: Temporary Tuition Relief – $750 credit will be applied to the tuition fees for Trimester 2, 2020. Financial Hardship Fund – worth $1.5 million exclusively for Kaplan Business School students most in need. 1,200 current students will be eligible for a $500 Visa Gift Card, in addition to receiving a credit of $750 to be applied to Trimester 2, 2020 tuition fees. Waiving of Administration Fees – For Trimester 2, 2020, key administrative fees for re-enrolling students including the Recognition of Prior Learning Fee ($260) and the Assessment Re-mark Fee ($250) will be waived. Find more information on how you can avail these support here. Victorian Institute of TechnologyVictorian Institute of Technology has established the Financial Hardship Assistance Package worth $1,000,000 to support their students in overcoming such a challenging time. This package aims at ensuring the learning continuity for students who have been adversely affected by COVID-19. Apply to avail this support here. To avail these grants, please contact your respective institutions. If you need further information, please contact one of our offices. We will update this section as more information becomes available to us.
I love Adelaide. It’s a place I’ve called home for the better part of two decades. As a traveller and a local, I’ve been to many different parts of the world, but they all make me appreciate the city I live in all the more and it’s no different for my international student friends from all corners of the globe! Let me explain why…. 1. World-renowned Universities Our education system is ‘top-notch’ (Adelaide slang for ‘excellent’) and offers loads of opportunities for international students. A few of the universities and institutions to choose from including the University of Adelaide College, Flinders University, Torrens University, TAFE SA, the University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide, plus many more. 2. Great Public Transport System Adelaide’s public transport system is both affordable and efficient. Ranging from trains, free tram services and an extensive network of busses which connect every suburb in this thriving regional centre. Hot tip: Get yourself a student metroCARD! This card easily allows you a seat on any public transport in Adelaide, and can be recharged at most convenience stores, or online. 3. Quality of Life International students from more than 150 countries grace Adelaide with their presence each year, contributing to the city’s vibrant ethos of multiculturalism. Adelaide offers high-quality educational opportunities and a flexible, relaxed lifestyle in comparison with other Australian capital cities. It’s even known to be consistently ranked 10th most liveable city in the world, behind Copenhagen in Denmark. We’re also known as “the 30-minute city” because it only takes half an hour to travel from one end to the other! Super convenient. 4. Food and Wine It’s food and wine galore in Adelaide, thanks to pristine farmlands combined with decades of migrants, culminating in a spicy choice of fresh, local produce and a plentiful variety of exotic dishes. South Australia produces 50% of the country’s wine and is also renowned for multiple foods and wine events. We’re also home to the largest fresh produce market (The Central Market) in the Southern Hemisphere! Who’s hungry? 5. Affordable Living Is Adelaide an affordable city for students? Yes – Definitely. As one of Australia’s most affordable mainland cities, Adelaide is well known for its low unemployment rate, diverse communities, thriving local industries and businesses, and a healthy economy. With weekly rent in Sydney averaging at $285, Melbourne at $258, Brisbane at $218, Adelaide is sitting well below the $218 global rent price average threshold, making the city one of the most affordable places to live not just nationally, but globally. Golden, I know. Average weekly living expenses include: weekly accommodation costs ($135 – $385) grocery shopping ($90 – $135) gas/water/electricity bills ($40 – $55), phone/internet bills ($20 – 40) transport costs ($20 – $40 with student concession) entertainment/extra expenses ($50+) This brings the average weekly living costs to between $355 and $700. 6. The Festival State We’re not called ‘The Festival State’ for no reason! Adelaide’s festivals attract crowds from around the country, and the globe at large. We even have our own season for it called ‘Mad March’! Festivals include the Clipsal 500, WOMADelaide, The Fringe Festival, Gluttony, The Garden of Unearthly Delights, the Adelaide Festival, the Multicultural Festival, Santos Tour Down Under, and lots more. There’s always something happening in #Radelaide 7. Best Housing for International Students There around 4,000 international students living in the Adelaide CBD and many affordable options for all accommodation types from private rentals, student apartments, sharehouses, and on-campus apartments! You’ll be spoilt for choice on options which won’t break your budget. 8. Trees and Access to Nature Did you know that Adelaide is technically considered a forest because of the spatial density between trees? We have plentiful access to nature in our great city, with the Adelaide Hills in the East, and pristine beaches in the West. The City of Adelaide is also the only city in the world to be purposefully designed within a park! So. many. trees. 9. Internship and Employment Opportunities In Adelaide, it’s not ‘what’ you know, it’s ‘who’ you know. Adelaide is a network city because of its comparatively smaller population, everyone knows everyone, so get out there and network! This is a great way to make new friends, volunteer, meet people, gain references, and land that job you’ve been working towards. For international students, there are many opportunities to pick up an internship or part-time job while studying. Students who’ve graduated from Adelaide’s universities are often in high demand because of our university’s reputations across the world. Adelaide is a fantastic gateway for Australian exploration and planning your future career. So, what are you waiting for? You won’t be disappointed, trust me, I’m a local.
Your trip to Australia is coming soon and the only thing you can think about is ‘HOW WILL I SURVIVE?’ Nerves are building up and questions are filling your head… Well, we have some experience with that and want to give you a hand! In this post, you will find a checklist of the things any student should do when arriving in Australia, and we will also tell you how to do it in the easiest and fastest way possible -> LET’S START! Get a Travel Card As you may have heard, Australia is a developed country of around 25 million inhabitants that are highly concentrated within the main cities. These cities boast modern freeways, train lines, trams and lots of busses. In order to get you travelling around the city and metro areas, you will need to purchase a Travel Card at any convenience store or post-office. Some regions, like South Australia and Victoria, offer international students with a discounted pass to travel around main cities in the regions. You also need to know that every region has its own transport system, some being larger or more diverse, so if you want to know further details just click on the link of your destination and have a look at all the travel options available within Australia’s main cities: NSW -> https://transportnsw.info/tickets-opal/opal#/login VIC -> https://www.ptv.vic.gov.au/tickets/myki/ QSL -> https://translink.com.au/tickets-and-fares/go-card SA – > https://adelaidemetro.com.au/Tickets-Fares/metroCARD WA -> https://www.transperth.wa.gov.au/SmartRider/ ACT -> https://www.transport.act.gov.au/tickets-and-myway NT -> https://nt.gov.au/driving/public-transport-cycling/public-buses/fares TAS -> https://www.transport.tas.gov.au/passenger/passengers/public_transport_timetables_and_maps For Expert Education & Visa Services (EEVS) clients, our onshore offices provide travel card worth up to $50 AUD depending upon your study locations. Buy a SIM Card You would probably like to share your excitement of arriving to this new country with all your family and friends as soon as you arrive, but… uh oh! Your house or hostel’s Wi-Fi is not strong enough to do that long facetime call. You are also planning to go to the bank, start settling into Australian lifestyle, even getting that customer loyalty card at the supermarket, and everyone keeps asking for an Australian phone number! Yes, you guessed it: you MUST have an Australian SIM card. The good news is that it will take you only 10 minutes to visit any of the many mobile service providers, choose a plan and voila! You have completed Step 2 instantly. Monthly plans start at approximately $30.00 AUD. If you are an EEVS client coming to Sydney for your further studies, then our office offers affordable Vodafone Mobile Plans and free accessories worth up to $50 AUD. Tip: Don’t forget to bring your passport with you! Some companies will also offer special prices for international students. Open a Bank Account Choosing your banking services provider can take a bit more than 10 minutes, especially if you are one that prefers to compare all secondary services and discounts offered by partners. However, there is also good news for you: firstly, most banks in Australia offer no-commission accounts to students. Secondly, you can do your research before departing home and you can even pre-open your bank account online to save a lot of time. For EEVS clients, we assist to open a bank account from their home country with Australia’s largest bank Commonwealth Bank. Even for those who have recently arrived in Australia and do not have a bank account yet, our team will assist you with the process. To activate your account, just check with your bank which documents you will need to bring to the branch once arriving in Australia. Set up a Superannuation Account Superannuation is an accumulation of funds which the government encourages people to save for their future retirement. It is mandatory for Australian businesses to contribute superannuation funds of any employee, permanent or temporary resident, by a minimum of 9.5% of its wages into your nominated account. When starting your first paid job in Australia you will be asked to provide your Superfund details, otherwise, your employer may be able to open an account for you. There are lots of private funds and even some banks offer superannuation accounts. Once a superfund account is opened, treat this like a bank account, and when you change an employer, give the same super details to everyone to avoid having multiple accounts with multiple accounts keeping fees. Remember: This is money for your future retirement, so you won’t be able to access these funds earlier while staying in Australia, although you might be able to access them once your you have left Australia definitely and your temporary visa has expired or been cancelled. For detailed information check the ATO website – https://www.ato.gov.au/Individuals/Super/ Apply for a TFN A tax file number (TFN) is your personal reference number in the tax and super systems of Australia. Once you open your TFN it will be yours for life, even if changing name, job or moving away. It is not mandatory but without one, you will be paying higher taxes on your salary. Remember you will only need to apply for an ABN when your employer asks for it. Additionally, you need to lodge your Tax Return every year (we will talk about it in later posts). You can apply for your TFN online if you are already in Australia and hold a temporary visa like Student 500 visa subclass. You will need to nominate your current home address in Australia where your TFN will be posted within 28 days after applying. To apply for your TFN follow this link – https://iar.ato.gov.au/IARWeb/default.aspx?pid=4&sid=1&outcome=1 Super Tip! Keep it secure from scams and frauds. Do not share your TFN number with everyone except your accountant and employer. Remember, if it does not feel right, it probably isn’t! Activate your OSHC Lastly but not least, your health insurance needs to be activated. If you have acquired your OSHC from overseas, you might need to access your online account (which will probably be provided to you through email or you can check with your agent) and simply notify them that you have landed in Australia and your student visa is currently active. This will officially activate your health cover and you will be able to indicate a home address where you can receive your new credential. Welcome to Australia!
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Expert Education and Migration Seminar is a platform for those who are looking for better migration and education options in Australia. Come and meet the industry experts, registered migration agents and education institution representatives all under one roof and explore the best options for you. 489 and 190 visas As the migration scenario is becoming only tougher in Sydney, there still lies vast opportunities in places like Tasmania, Darwin and Canberra where getting the invitation for 489 and 190 visas are still possible with a reasonable point score. These visas lead to permanent residency in Australia provided one meets all the requirements. Our registered migration agents will explain these options in a presentation session between 12:00 – 2:00 pm on the day. Professional Year and NAATI/CCL course Professional Year and NAATI/CCL course give you additional 5 points each towards your PR application. Meet our experienced PY team and enrol for the course at your preferred provider. PTE tips and tricks Getting a score of at least 79 in each band and overall (equivalent to 8 in IELTS) has become compulsory to achieve that 20 points from the English test. This score significantly raises one’s chance of getting closer to the PR goal and getting the invitation from the Department of Home Affairs. To help you achieve this score, a trained PTE teacher will be delivering a ‘PTE tips and tricks’ session on the day between 12:00 – 2:00 pm. Free PTE Mock test Mock tests are the best ways to test your PTE skills. To help you ace your PTE score, we are giving away free PTE Mock tests. Register at the counter to get your FREE TEST. One-on-one counselling with Universities and Colleges More than ten universities and colleges are taking part in our seminar. You will have the chance to discuss your career and course options with the representatives yourself (between 2:00 – 5:00 pm). Scholarships A range of Event Only Scholarships are available for grab. Don’t forget to ask our counsellors and check your eligibility. With so many things happening on the same day and under the same roof, this indeed an event you would not want to miss. Event Details Date: 2 June 2018 Time: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Venue: Ballroom 1, 2 & 3, Rydges World Square, 389 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000