There’s a lot involved when it comes moving abroad for university: getting used to student life, adjusting Australian culture and living abroad (especially if it’s your first time living out of home). It might seem overwhelming at first, but there are things you can do to make sure it remains an enriching and rewarding experience.
To help you find your feet, we’ve compiled five things you can focus on in your first six months. Before you know it you'll be settled in and making the most of your opportunity of studying in Australia.
Talking to people
You’ll be mixing with people from a range of backgrounds and cultures, so take advantage of the diversity to broaden your horizons. Talk to people in tutorials and lectures, join clubs and societies, play sport and attend free events on campus.
Engaging with your learning
Many universities offer short courses, common first-year electives, or breadth subjects that are required for all students regardless of discipline, giving you a chance to explore subjects outside of your degree and graduate with a well-rounded education and varied interests.
Getting some industry experience
Enhance your employment prospects post-graduation by organising an internship early on in your degree. It can make all the difference when applying for jobs, and help determine if you’re heading in the right direction.
Starting networking early
If you really want to ‘hit the ground running’ once you have your degree, learn the value of making connections while you’re still at uni. A range of networking opportunities are available for students, including job fairs and mentoring programs. You never know who might give you a helping hand when you’re getting started in your industry!
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Making use of your holidays
Holidays are an opportunity to work and build up some savings for the next semester, and the long break also presents an opportunity to spend a month or two travelling. If you’ve relocated to Australia to study, you may wish to return home and spend time with family, or take the opportunity to explore your new environment.