With the year quickly coming to an end, students who are about to graduate have some important decisions to make. Do you know what you’re planning to do next year? Read on for some ideas.
Complete further studies:
Many international students choose to stay on in Australia to complete further studies or gain a higher level of qualification, such as a graduate diploma or masters degree. Continuing your studies will enable you to maximise your time in Australia, get the most out of an education system that you are now familiar with and gain the advanced qualifications and skills needed to get a job. You may choose to continue studying at your current institution or move to a different institution (or even a different city) to try a new experience. If you wish to continue your studies in Australia, you need to make sure that you have enough money to continue paying for your studies and living expenses, that you extend your student visa and health cover, and that you apply for your chosen course by the deadline.
Return to your home country:
If you do not wish to travel, live or work in Australia after you graduate, you will most likely be returning to your home country. After years of living in Australia, it can be difficult to pack everything up and move. You will need to cancel services such as electricity, bank accounts, superannuation and mobile phone; pay final bills; sell any large items that you can’t take home with you; and (if you are renting) finish your lease and hand back the keys.
Extend your stay in Australia:
If you don’t intend on completing further studies, you may wish to extend your time in Australia to work or travel. While you will no longer receive a student visa, there are a range of other temporary visa options that you can apply for through the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC):
Apply for permanent residency: