Free tools and resources for international students

These free tools and resources can help you learn new skills, improve your employability and even identify your dream career.

15 March 2023

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No matter where you are on your student journey – figuring out what to study, preparing for an English test or wanting to upskill with a short course – we’ve got some great tools and resources for you. 

1. Identify your ideal career  

Not sure what your future career could be? Use the Study Australia Career Matcher tool to find out!  

Use the tool to take a short quiz, and receive a free, personalised careers report with the jobs and industries that best suit your unique personality and skills.    

2. Learn from leading academics 

The Study Australia Masterclass library brings together some of Australia’s most renowned academics as they shine a light on the global issues defining our future.  

Watch our free masterclass series to learn about topics such as managing tourism for sustainability, the expansion of the universe, artificial intelligence in health care and so much more.  

3. Test your English language skills 

If you’re looking for ways to improve your spoken English, the Study Australia Speaking English Practice Test is the perfect place to start. You can also use this tool to help you prepare for English language tests like IELTS and PTE.  

By answering just 10 questions, you’ll get a free, detailed report showing what you’re doing well and what you need to improve.  

Take the test now and start building your language confidence. 

4. Find a course  

Did you know that Study Australia website houses the world’s most comprehensive course search tool?  

The Course Search tool allows you to search:  

  • Australia’s education institutions, including schools, English language (ELICOS), vocational (VET) and higher education (university) providers 
  • the full range of courses available and their start dates, and 
  • all available scholarships. 

You can shortlist and compare your favourites, and even send an enquiry directly to a listed institution today. 

5. Gain industry experience 

The Study Australia Industry Experience Program (SAIEP) can help you to learn new skills, build your student and business networks and boost your employability. Plus, it’s free to join for current international students!  

The SAIEP is a two-week virtual program that connects you directly with Australian and global employers. You will have the opportunity to work in small, multi-disciplinary teams on real-world industry projects.  

The teams are made up of international and domestic students and are a great way to make friends from Australia and all over the world.  

6. Stay up to date 

Sign up to our newsletter to get all the latest student stories, helpful blog posts (like this one!), information on accommodation and working in Australia, as well as updates on student visas and travel, straight to your inbox. 

7. Estimate your living costs in Australia 

Our Cost of Living Calculator will help you estimate how much it could cost to live in Australia. You can compare accommodation arrangements, transportation options as well as other lifestyle choices.

The Calculator is designed to help you think about how you spend money and to give you an approximate guide of potential costs in Australia.

8. Take an online short course or degree 

Australian education and training providers partner with online platform, FutureLearn, to bring you a wide range of courses in specialised areas. These can be short courses or microcredentials, and may even allow you to work towards a full degree, with credit gained for your studies along the way.  

We’ve collated some of the best Australian short courses on this platform for international students.  

You can start a free seven-day trial, and then subscribe to keep learning at your own pace. You can also cancel your subscription whenever you like.