It’s normal to feel a little bit nervous about starting your studies, especially in a new country.
We’ve got you covered with these great tips, to make the most of your first few weeks as a student in Australia.
If you are having any problems or concerns when settling in, you’re not alone. There are plenty of support services available to you.
Education providers have student support staff to look after international students. The student support services can include:
Check the website of your place of study for details.
Each state and territory, and many cities, in Australia also offer free support services for international students, such as:
Visit your state or territory’s support services page via the links below:
Some education providers in Australia have very big campuses and many buildings scattered far and wide. To avoid stress and being late for class, check the location of your lecture/tutorial rooms or labs in advance. This will help you work out how long it will take to get around.
Orientation Week is a good time to explore the campus and learn about the facililties, services and resources available to you.
Create a morning routine that allows for a smooth start to your day on campus.
To begin with, you may feel a little bit lost or lonely on campus. It takes time to get to know your way around and to make friends. But just remember that others are probably feeling the same way too!
Here are some ways to get involved:
Check out this blog post for more tips on getting involved with student life and making friends.
If you’re studying at a university or TAFE, your teachers won’t check in with you if you miss class or deadlines. So you need to make sure you stay on top of these yourself.
You will be given assessments and exams throughout the semester and you might even have to complete a research or placement component. Keep a note of when these are due, so you don’t leave things to the last minute. They may require more research and preparation than you think.
Courses can have various components such as lectures, practical sessions and workshops or tutorials.
In lectures, you will usually listen to the teacher and take notes. Whereas, in workshops or tutorials, you can discuss your thoughts and opinions.
Critical thinking is encouraged by Australian education providers. This gives you the chance to think creatively, challenge ideas and come to your own conclusions about things that matter to you.
You need good brainpower for optimal learning, so make sure you eat nourishing foods when studying. Eating nutritious foods helps to support cognitive function and focused learning and attention.
Exercise also has brain boosting benefits. Make time for physical activity before, during or after your day in classes. You could:
Stay safe and have a great time! Even though settling in can be challening at times, you will learn and grow as a person and make some amazing memories along the way.