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Sydney or Melbourne? The two most remarkable Australian cities dilemma

The Australian cities dilemma: Sydney or Melbourne?

Parts

Part 1: Background

“Is Melbourne better than Sydney?”, “Is Sydney better than Melbourne?”.

You must have gone through this dilemma when you’re choosing between Australia’s two remarkable cities.

But don’t worry, this article has broken down the pros and cons of both cities so that it’ll be easier for you to make a decision.

Part 2: Comparative analogy

Transport

Getting around Melbourne is quite easier than Sydney as Sydney is heavily congested and transport expense is more expensive than Melbourne’s.
 
The Public transport of Melbourne is also better than Sydney because of its less urban sprawls in compared to Sydney.

Melbourne have a sky Bus (AUD 18 one way southern cross station) and it also makes the public easier to get around because of the tram system which is 100% free within the CBD (central Business District).

In terms of scenic beauty while traveling Sydney is much prettier to commute through with harbor ferries and swish double-decker trains that cross the Harbour bridge.
 
Weather

Melbourne’s weather can be four seasons in one day.  Its summers are less predictable than Sydney’s.

Winter of Melbourne are perceived to be harsh, it goes through Arctic blast and occasional torrential downpour and blue skies can sometimes be seen in winter days but as Melbourne goes through this kind of weather in August, Sydney basks in 22-degree heat.

Beaches

As mentioned Sydney is all about humidity, it also has legendary beaches. Milk Beach, Bondi Beach, Shelly Beach, Manly beach, and the list goes on … these are the beaches that are the best for swimming, surfing and sunbathing.

However, Melbourne doesn’t come off that strong in the context of beaches, but if you take a short drive or train ride down the eastern side of Port Philip Bay in Melbourne, you will find yourself in non-surf beaches like Brighton, Chelsea, where the water is warm, clear as glass and beautiful.

Sydney beaches are iconic but they are also heavily crowded and chaotic.
 
Landmark and Sightseeing

Sydney is a popular city that has a huge number of landmarks and sightseeing destinations. 

Nature, the natural harbors and the man-made wonders like Sydney opera house bring their best in Sydney. The Opera House is one of the best landmarks in Sydney.

As compared to Sydney Melbourne has a better number of Architectural wonders. Flinders Street Station is a gorgeous piece of historical architecture and the Yarra River is lovely to stroll beside on a sunny day. As the sporting capital of the country, the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) is open to tour for visitors and residents alike. A visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens is a must-do and the nearby Shrine of Remembrance offers an insight into Australian history, as well as a decent view of the city.
 
Food

Melbourne is often considered as the capital of Culinary. The range and quality of food in Melbourne are phenomenal.

Sydney has a fair- share of award-winning restaurants but tends to be of the price variety.

The city’s Chinatown is packed with quality restaurants and bars. If you’re after a cheap meal in an outdoor setting, Queen Victoria Market in the north of the city holds annual summer and winter markets. Here you can grab a burger or oysters to have with a cold beer to warm yourself against the cold with pizza coupled with a hot cider or mulled wine during the winter months.
 
Culture

It depends on how you define culture, but if it comes down to the arts scene, Melbourne is better than Sydney.

The city boasts an extremely enviable art and music scene, especially the National Gallery of Victoria which is a marvel inside and out.

You can catch live music essentially any and every night of the week, from venues within the CBD and surrounding suburbs like St Kilda and Collingwood to name a couple of hot spots. The city itself is like a living, breathing a piece of art. Urban art can be found everywhere – from the laneways of the Central Business District (CBD) – like the famous Hosier Lane near Flinders Street Station – to that adorning the buildings of suburbs like Brunswick and Fitzroy.

Nightlife

In times it would be hard to decide between the two, but Melbourne is the clear winner in terms of Nightlife.

Fitzroy, Brunswick and St Kilda will guarantee you a good night out. It doesn’t matter what your preference – pubs, clubs, rooftop bars with a full view of the city – you’ll find it in Melbourne. However, King Cross on a Friday night or having a glass of wine at Opera Bar of the harbor spread will give you a good night out at Sydney.

Parks

Sydney feels less concrete nightmare and more urban jungle. Being built on one of the loveliest natural harbors in the world goes a long way in helping this feeling.

¡The city is full of green spaces, Hyde Park and the Royal Botanical Gardens in the CBD are lovely and you could spend hours navigating Centennial Park in the city’s east.
 
While for Melbourne on a sunny day, it is gorgeous. There are plenty of green spots to be found around the city (being part of Australia’s Garden State after all) and the city looks lovely against a backdrop of blue sky.

However, on a rainy day, Melbourne seems like a completely different place. The Yarra River and St Kilda Beach are two main attractions consisting of natural beauty.
 
Sports

Melbourne is the undisputed sports capital of Australia. The teams like AFL or Aussie rules are originated in Melbourne. It hosts many international events but the memory of the most recent Olympic Games in Australia.

Melbourne has a reputation of being the sports capital of the world so it’s safe to say that in terms of Sports Melbourne is the winner than Sydney.
 
Pests

Besides all of the mentioned above, Sydney experiences a cockroaches situation so a bug spray might come in handy.

Regular fumigation of your apartment is mandatory to control the pests.
 
SO WHY SYDNEY?

Sydney has the sights: the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney Tower, Luna Park… the list goes on.

It has amazing weather, beautiful beaches and is desperate to see some of Australia’s renowned icons.

If you want to be close to nature, then Sydney is the place for you.
 
AND WHY MELBOURNE?

If you want to experience the beating heart of Australia, by immersing yourself in its culture, art, food, and nightlife.

If you’re a fan of boutique shopping, colorful cocktails and consider yourself a coffee connoisseur, then Melbourne is the city for you.
 
If you want to know more about cities in Australia, here’s the link to one of out other popular post, “Where to Live in Australia as an International Student?”, where you’ll find more information about Sydney, Melbourne, and other popular student cities around Australia.

Part 3: Conclusion

Sydney and Melbourne couldn’t be more different in looks, vibe, and energy – and they each cater to a different kind of traveler.

The Sydney vs Melbourne showdown has been raging for a long time, but which city will you choose? 🙂

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Studying for Free in Australia?

Can you study for Free in Australia?

Parts

Part 1: Background

So you want to Study for Free in Australia? Who wouldn’t want to, right?

Well, this might not be the answer that you were looking for, but sadly, studying in Australia won’t be free.

That being said, there are options to bring the cost down 🙂

In this article, we will be explaining about the scholarships opportunity which can reduce your expenses when studying at an Australian university.

Depending on your circumstances, there are few scholarships to choose from:

  • Scholarships given for excellent academic performance
  • Scholarships given for financial hardships

In the first half of this blog, we’re going to explain approximately how much does it actually cost to study in Australia. And In the second, we will explain how to get a scholarship.

Part 2: How Much Does it Cost to Study in Australia

The minimum amount required for a student living in Australia has been specified by the Australian Government is $ 20,290 AUD, excluding tuition fees or the cost of travel for a year.

This amount takes in account accommodation, commute to school or university, food, and having fun.

Accommodation for the students will almost always be the largest and least negotiable expense for an international student.

Prices will also vary depending on the city in which you choose to study.

For instance, a student living in Melbourne will have the house rent from $120 to $300 per
week.

Students living in Sydney being more expensive, while Adelaide & Canberra will generally be
less so.

In Short, the Cheaper the cost the further away the city will be and the more people you’ll be
living with!

You will be spending almost $16,000 for a full year’s rent in total which will take most of $20,290.

Feels much heavy for your pocket? Rent a place at a higher price during semesters, then find somewhere cheaper over the summer holidays. This will help save up.

Now, that your living expense is calculated, the other things you need to separate the budget for are power, gas, phone, and internet which are unavoidable and provide limited options to make savings.

Additionally, the expense of Public Transport is yet another impossible entity to avoid, unless you choose to buy a car, which will be even more expensive by each passing month.

Part 3: How to get a Scholarship in Australia

After explaining how to downsize living cost in Australia, there’s an educational budget to look at.

Competition for scholarships is intense and grants are often given on the basis of excellent academic merit as we mentioned before.

It can be challenging to figure out where to start, so we have detailed steps you can consider while applying for a scholarship in Australia.

Here, we will  focus on three things:

  • Different categories of Scholarships in Australia
  • Who are the Scholarship providers
  • Steps for applying for a scholarship 

Different Categories of Scholarships in Australia

It is likely that scholarships may provide financial assistance to these areas of your educational entity:

  • Your coaching/Tuition fees
  • Your accommodation and living expenses
  • Both living and Tuition Fees

But, the scholarship criteria vary regarding different terms and conditions. Some scholarships cover the full amount of these costs while others cover only part of the total cost.

There are some processes which fund academically for students from developing countries and in need of financial aid. Some scholarships are restricted to students from certain countries while some are given to only a field of qualification, specific course or certain degrees. For example, Scholarships vary for undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.

Who are the Scholarship providers in Australia?

  • Government: Both the Government of Australia and the Government of your home country can provide you a scholarship. Under the Australian Government, there are Australia Award Schemes which provide several ranges of scholarships including Australia Awards Fellowships, Australia Awards, Australia Awards Pacific Scholarships, Endeavour Awards, And Fellowships.
  • Australian educational institution: It is best to look for your course specific and institution-wide international student scholarships on your respective interest of educational institutions of Australia.
  • Accommodation Provider: Some residential colleges and other accommodation providers offer scholarships for international students as assistance with the accommodation costs.
  • Educational institutions of your home country: Scholarships are in provision in exchange
    programmes to study abroad in Australia.

Steps for applying for a Scholarship

  • Research: Search for courses and faculty that interests you. It’ll indicate where you will be studying and what courses are eligible for you. The earlier you begin researching your scholarship opportunities, the more prepared you will be.
  • Read: While applying form make sure you read the criteria clearly. Seek help if you have
    trouble understanding the application form.
  • Ensure that you fulfill all the necessary criteria: Some scholarships have an additional requirement such as submission of an essay or personal statement, meeting the word limits and deadlines, your employment history, references or proof of English language proficiency. You must send all the required documents certified or translated.
  • Check your Eligibility: Achieving a minimum average study grade and checking your completion of subjects or courses in particular study areas is a must while applying for a scholarship.
  • Participate in community life: While many scholarships are for international students, remember that some scholarships are awarded for community participation. This includes community service or your involvement in community works and groups, clubs and sporting teams. Australian institution often looks for students who are active in their community, so try to participate in community life as much as possible.
  • Apply for many scholarships: Since the competition is very high and there are many scholarships Australian institutions are offering so you should apply for as many as possible. Any type of funding is better than no funding at all, right?
  • Submit The Final step: While submitting, ask someone who is proficient in English to check over your application to ensure it is error-free and grammatically correct, particularly if English is not your first language. This will ensure you make a good impression on the scholarships committee.

After all these steps are followed, the most important task you, as a scholarship applicant must do
is to seek help. Weather from the scholarship provider or an already experienced student, you must make the first point of contact to keep your doubts and concerns about getting a
scholarship.

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Requirements to Study in Australia when you are from India

Requirements to Study in Australia when you are from India

Parts

Part 1: Context

Located in the Southern Part of the Pacific Ocean, Australia still ranks as the third most popular study destination for International Students after the US and UK.

Australian Universities have a good reputation due to its education System and are continuously featured in the Global rankings for years.

In this article, we will be dealing with two kinds of requirements that you as an applicant from India are required to meet, in order to study in Australia.

Specifically:

  • Entry Requirements
  • Student Visa Requirements

But before we dive into the things you need to have to study in Australia, you should understand the difference between Entry Requirements and Student Visa Requirements.

The Entry Requirements are a set of requirements, that applicants must meet in order to be eligible to study a particular course in a particular institution.

As educational institutions have the liberty to set their own entry requirements, it might differ on the basis of the level of study, faculty and educational institution.

The Student Visa Requirements are a set of requirements an applicant must meet, in order to be
granted the visa to study in Australia. It is set by the Department of Home Affairs (DoFA) and is same for all applicants irrespective of the faculty, institution or the country they are applying
from.

Part 2: Entry Requirements

To achieve your goal of studying in Australia, you will need to fulfill the following requirements:

I) Academic Requirements

The academic requirements that you will need to fulfill in order to be eligible to study in Australia will depend on the Level of Education, Educational Institution and Faculty.

A University might ask 60% for Business Programs, 65% for IT Programs, and 75% for Engineering Programs.

Whereas, another University may accept students with 60 % in their 10+2 into their Engineering Program.

For Indian Students

Although we can’t generalize the entry requirements, our experience has shown that minimum academic record of 60% and above in class XII will be required. Foundations and Diploma programs are available for students who have secured below 60% could be taken as a guideline for aspiring Indian applicants.

Note: We recommend you check the requirements of your course and each educational institution if you are applying to more than one institution.

Will gap years between my last degree and current application affect my chances of getting accepted?

The gap years can be justified if the student has valid proofs and documents to show his
engagement in some sort of study program or work experience.

Although students aiming to study in Australia have to produce No Backlog Certificate,
certifying him to have cleared all his units in his/her undergrad.

II) English Language Requirements

Indian applicants are required to provide a result of English language test as proof their English language capability.

Educational institutions want to know that the applicants are able to live and study in English speaking School and country.

Australia accepts the following English Language Tests:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)
  • Occupational English Test (OET)
  • Pearson Test of English( PTE)

Note: Please make sure which of these tests are accepted for your course by your institution of choice.

For Indian Students

To be able to apply for a student visa to Australia, you would need a minimum test score of 5.5, as for immigration purposes, the minimum or competent IELTS score of 6.0 or more is desirable and can go up to a total score of 8.0 and above.

Some programs such as medicine, law, nursing, and teaching have higher IELTS requirements.

Note: Educational institutions have the liberty to set their own English language requirement, so we highly recommend that you go through the entry requirements set by the institutions of choice before you start preparing for the English language test.

Part 3: Student Visa Requirements

As mentioned earlier, Student Visa Requirements are the set of requirements that applicants must fulfill irrespective of their faculty, institution, level of study or country they are applying from, in order to be granted a Student Visa.

The following is the list of Student Visa Requirements stipulated by the Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) for Students from India:

  • Enroll in a full-time course registered on CRICOS and provide a Certificate of Enrollment (COE) as evidence
  • Have sufficient funds to cover total expenses of one year, including tuition fees, living and travel cost through bank loans, money deposit, and scholarships or demonstrate annual earnings of AUD 60K (of parents or spouse) for a single applicant or AUD 70K if bringing the family to Australia
  • Provision of documents giving details about the source of funding. Home Minister accepts and recognizes banks that are regulated by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for funds and loans:

    SBI and Associates
    Nationalized Banks
    Other Public Sector Banks
    Private Sector Banks – (Indian Banks not including Payment Banks or Local Area Banks)
    Foreign banks
    Regional Rural Banks

  • In addition to the funding requirements set by the DoHA, your application is seen in a positive light if you can demonstrate good financial status in the form of ongoing income and assets in the home country
  • Meet the English language requirement through a test taken within the past 2 years. Current minimum scores without ELICOS: IELTS (5.5), TOEFL (46), PTE (42), CAE (162), OET (B)
  • You must provide an Acceptance Advice of Secondary Exchange Students (AASES)
  • Form or Letter of Support (LoS) if sponsored
  • Maintain health insurance for the entire stay through OSHC with an approved Australian health insurance provider
  • Be a genuine temporary entrant and intend to return home after completing studies

What are the documents required to lodge a Student Visa in Australia?

  • Student Visa Application Form properly filled and signed (Form 157A)
  • Family Composition Form properly filled and signed (Form 54)
  • Relationship proof. If you are applying with a spouse, evidence of the ‘genuine and continuing’ nature of your relationship with your spouse. Marriage certificate or any other document explaining your mentioned status
  • Change of name. If you or any person in your visa application form has changed their name, you should provide certified copy or copies of document validating the name change. A marriage certificate will also do
  • Copies of passport and Identity proofs of each one of the persons mentioned in the application
  • An authorized copy of your Birth Certificate
  • National Identity Card
  • Driving Licence
  • Recent passport size photographs for each person mentioned in the visa application. The photograph must not be older than 6 months
  • Proof of study. Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) from the registered education institution for the desired course
  • The CoE is a mandatory document for issuing Australia Student Visa. The CoE should contain:

    Student’s entry level
    Course Name
    CRICOS course name
    Education provider code
    Stipulated start and end dates of the course
    Full tuition fees

  • Authorized copies of your academic credentials. All these copies must contain:
    Your full name
    Date and Title of certification
    Name of the institution
    Confirmation of the certification

  • Statement of Purpose that is included in the application explaining the relevance of the chosen course to past studies/employment and proposed future plan justify your choice Medical reports of your as well as your family member supporting you
  • Parental Consent, if you are under 18 years of age
  • Evidence of joint financial assets or liabilities (if applicable) such as joint ownership of
    property or joint bank accounts – Evidence of the social nature of the relationship such as
    photos together in various places, statements from friends/family members, loan to cover dependent’s living
  • CV & copy of research topic, if you are a research student
  • Tax Clearance Certificate

These are all documents required if you’re a student applying for Australia from India. It’s more viable to consult with your educational institution’s requirements as every institution devises its own requirements.

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Requirements to Study in Australia when you are from Nepal

Requirements to Study in Australia when you are from Nepal

Parts

Part 1: Context

Australia currently ranks as the third most popular study destination for international students, after the US and the UK.

It hosts 7 out of 100 top ranked Universities in the world and offers over 22,000 courses across 11,000 institutions.

High quality education and relatively affordable study costs are the two major reasons many international students choose to study in Australia.

Over the past 10 years, Nepal has grown rapidly as a source of international students.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Nepal was the third highest source of applicants rising
by 46% to nearly 12,000 prospective students in 2016.

In this article, we will be dealing with two kinds of requirements that you as an applicant from Nepal are required to meet, in order to study in Australia.

Namely:

  • Entry Requirements
  • Student Visa Requirements

Before we begin with the things that you need to have to study in Australia, you should understand the difference between Entry Requirements and Student Visa Requirements.

The Entry Requirements are a set of requirements, that applicants must meet in order to be eligible to study a particular course in a particular institution.

As educational institutions have the liberty to set their own entry requirements, it might differ on the basis of level of study, faculty and educational institution.

The Student Visa Requirements are a set of requirements an applicant must meet, in order to be granted the visa to study in Australia. It is set by the Department of Home Affairs (DoFA) and is same for all applicants irrespective of the faculty, institution or the country they are applying from.

Part 2: Entry Requirements

To achieve your goal of studying in Australia, you will need to fulfill the following
requirements:

I) Academic Requirements

The academic requirements that you will need to fulfill in order to be eligible to study in Australia will depend on the Level of Education, Educational Institution and Faculty.

A University might ask 60% for Business Programs, 65% for IT Programs, and 75% for Engineering Programs.

Whereas, another University may accept students with 60 % in their 10+2 into their Engineering Program.

For Nepali Students

Although we can’t generalize the entry requirements, our experience has shown that a first division marks for Diploma and Undergraduate Courses, and 55% for Postgraduate Courses could be taken as a guideline for aspiring Nepali applicants.

Note: We recommend you check the requirements of your course and each educational institution if you are applying to more than one institution.

Will gap years between my last degree and current application affect my chances of getting accepted?

Yes. Applicants who have neither enrolled in a course, nor have engaged in some work (including volunteering or internships) are a no-no for immigration.

Although immigration says nothing about gaps in studies, some educational institutions might not accept applicants with gaps in studies like 1.5 years after high school or 3 years after undergraduate.

However, for some universities, the work experience that applicants have gained might prove valuable to the different research programs that they might undertake.

So don’t be put off that you have completed your recent qualification a long time ago.

II) English Language Requirements

Nepali applicants are required to provide a result of English language test as a proof their English language capability.

Educational institutions want to know that the applicants are able to live and study in an English speaking School and country.

Australia accepts the following English Language Tests:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)
  • Occupational English Test (OET)
  • Pearson Test of English( PTE)

Note: Please make sure which of these tests are accepted for your course by your institution of choice.

For Nepali Students

IELTS (or equivalent) 5.5 for Diploma courses, IELTS (or equivalent) 6.0 for Undergraduate Courses, and IELTS (or equivalent) 6.5 for Postgraduate can be used as a guideline.

Some programs such as medicine, law, nursing and teaching have higher IELTS requirements.

Note: Educational institutions have the liberty to set their own English language requirement, so we highly recommend that you go through the entry requirements set by the institutions of choice before you start preparing for the English language test.

Part 3: Student Visa Requirements

As mentioned earlier, Student Visa Requirements are the set of requirements that applicants must fulfill irrespective of their faculty, institution, level of study or country they are applying from, in order to be granted a student visa.

Here is the list of Student Visa Requirements stipulated by the Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) for Students from Nepal:

  • Enroll in a full time course registered on CRICOS and provide a Certificate of Enrollment (COE) as evidence.
  • Have sufficient funds to cover total expenses of one year, including tuition fees, living and travel cost through bank loans, money deposit and scholarships OR Demonstrate annual earning of AUD 60K (of parents or spouse) for a single applicant or AUD 70K if bringing family to Australia.
  • In addition to the funding requirements set by the DoHA, your application is seen in a positive light if you can demonstrate good financial status in the form of ongoing income and assets in the home country.
  • Meet the English language requirement through a test taken within the past 2 years. Current minimum scores without ELICOS: IELTS (5.5), TOEFL (46),PTE (42), CAE (162), OET (B)
  • Maintain health insurance for the entire stay through OSHC with an approved Australian health insurance provider.
  • Be a genuine temporary entrant and intend to return home after completing studies.
    (click here to know more)
  • Relevance of the chosen course to past studies/employment and proposed future plan is an important consideration and should be explained in the sStatement of Purpose that is included in the application. Students seeking to change stream should put forward a compelling argument to justify their choice.
  • Meet the health and character requirements of the Department of Home Affairs (DoHA)
  • Have no outstanding debts to the Australian government.

What are the documents required to lodge a student visa in Australia?

  • All academic documents, including mark-sheets, transcripts, provisional and character
    certificates.
  • English proficiency test Score
  • Evidence of funds to cover at least one year of tuition fee, travel and living costs
  • Tax clearance letter
  • Experience letters (if any)
  • Financial documents demonstrating Income sources.
  • Property Valuation
  • Relationship certificate with family members and sponsors (if any)
  • Birth certificate, Citizenship certificate and Passport (their respective translations in
    English)
  • CoE from College/Uni
  • Statement of Purpose i.e. SOP
  • Health Checkup

Government authorities in Australia do not require Nepalese students to meet any extra requirements for the visa.

However, Colleges and Universities might have set out a different set of academic entry requirements for Nepalese students and it’s better to go through your educational institution’s requirements as every institution devises their own requirements.

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How and Where to find a Job as an International Student in Australia

How and Where to find a Job as an International Student in Australia

Parts

Part 1: Things to know before finding a Job

Working while studying in Australia not only will assists with living expenses, it will also be a great opportunity to network and meet new people.

Australia offers part time jobs for Students in various industries including:

  • Retail – Supermarkets, Department and Clothing Stores
  • Hospitality – Cafes, Bars and Restaurants
  • Tourism – Hotels and Motels
  • Agricultural – Farming and Fruit-Picking
  • Sales and Telemarketing
  • Administration
  • Tutoring

Now, if you have existing qualification and/or professional work experience you might be able to get a part time job in your field.

What are the working conditions for student visa holders in Australia?

As an international student, you are permitted to work 40 hours per fortnight (14 days) while your course is in session and unlimited hours during scheduled course break.

You cannot work until your course has commenced.

Here is an example of how fortnight is calculated…

Let’s assume that a student visa holder works the following hours over the course of four weeks:

  • Week 1: 25 hours
  • Week 2: 15 hours
  • Week 3: 30 hours
  • Week 4: 10 hours

In the above example, the working hours of week 1 and 2 equal 40 hours. However, the working hours in week 2 and 3 equal more than 40 hours. Which means that the student hasn’t complied with their work limitation and it might lead to visa cancellation.

If you are a Masters, Researcher or Doctoral Degree Student there is no limit on the number of hours you may work.

Post Grad Research Students, can work up to a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight during any preliminary courses they undertake.

Note: Work that is formally registered as a part of your coursework is not included in the 40 hours per
fortnight limitation.

What are the workplace rights for international students?

International students have the same workplace rights as other workers all over Australia.

It is very important that you know your workplace rights and protections while working in Australia:

  • Minimum wage: the minimum wage in Australia has been set at $18.93 per hour or $23.66 for casual workers, from July 1, 2018. You need to be aware that your employer cannot pay you less than the minimum wage set by the Fair Work Commission
  • Your employer can not deduct money from your wages only unless: it is for your benefit and you have agreed to it in writing, it is authorized under a term of award or the Fair Work Commission Order, it is authorized under Commonwealth,State or territory law or court order

Click here to know more about the Workplace Rights in detail.

What documents do you need to apply for part-time jobs in Australia?
  • Tax File Number or TFN: It is required for anybody who wants to work in Australia and is usually given to employers when they start working in Australia. The employer will then deduct tax from your income.
  • CV: Prepare a one page CV (or two if you must). Focus on making it clean and easy to scan. Avoid using too many columns and fonts. Ideally, you want to create a specific CV for a specific job, and not use the same for every application. 

Part 2: How to find a Job

Network

Networking is one of the best and easiest ways of finding jobs in Australia.

Reach out to your relatives or friends in or outside your University or College.

You can also reach out to the companies of your interest.

Tip: Getting involved in your University’s career center or clubs will help expand your network.

Door to door CV submission

You can go to local stores or companies of your interest and drop your CV and Cover Letter and ask if they have any position available.

You can leave them your CV and request them to keep you in mind for future vacancies.

Make sure you are dressed formally and make a good first impression.

Look for jobs in the Australian job search engines

More details below! 😊

Part 3: Where to find a Job

University’s Career Portal

Your University will have a career portal, which advertises on and off campus jobs for students.

Keep going through it regularly.

Websites

Australian Job Websites will give you an idea of the kind of jobs available on the market. Here is a list of the best 12 Australian websites to look for jobs:

  • Gumtree: is a simple and affordable way of finding jobs in your local market. The job categories include hospitality and tourism, retail, trades and services, construction, manufacturing, transport and logistics, education and teaching, sales, administration and office support, farming and veterinary and much more! You can also search for jobs by category
  • Seek: is an effective way of finding jobs. You can find many jobs advertisements here. Look for jobs that have no visa restrictions as some jobs might specifically ask for PR or Citizenship. You can create a free account and browse job listings
  • All Jobs: you can search for jobs by Title, Company Name, or State. It also allows you to search jobs in New Zealand
  • APS: you can search government jobs, short-term or contract work, part-time or full-time positions, local government jobs, as well as traineeships and apprenticeships. You can also find information on how to find training and employment services programs, occupation and industry statistics, and job application tips
  • Arts Hub: If you’re looking for job in arts, cultural or creative industries, architecture, design, performance, and publishing, ArtsHub is where you should look. A paid membership is required to apply for jobs. The website also contains an events calendar and grant listings
  • Careerjet: You can find over 40 million job listings from over 25,000 quality websites from around the world. You can search for jobs by industry in Australia’s metropolitan or regional areas
  • CareerOne: contains general job listings, company profiles, career advice, job hunting tips, and employment updates, online courses. It also provides support in lesson planning and resume building
  • Glassdoor: you can search for all the open positions on the web with a salary estimate. You can also read profiles of over 600,000 companies worldwidwe
  • GradCommection: is perfect for you if you are looking for jobs while studying. It contains listings of internships, graduate positions, part time jobs and casual positions. You can use CV generator to build your profile and upgrade it to let employers find you
  • Indeed: it contains thousands of job boards, company websites, classifieds and newspapers. You can upload your resume and let employers find you
  • JobSeeker: you can find jobs in non-profit organizations and local government sector
Social Media
  • LinkedIn: is is the best platform if you are looking for white collar jobs. About 1in 4 Australian is registered in LinkedIn. Create a public or private profile and connect with potential employees. The jobs are tailored based on your searches. You can also subscribe to certain companies and update yourself on available positions
  • Facebook: you can find various Job Postings through Facebook groups as well. There might be, literally, thousands of Facebook groups just on your local area, so go to the search bar, and look for Facebook Groups around you. Local Groups are always better!
  • Found careers: this one is actually an app! Can help you find casual jobs that are geographically closer to you. It gives you a good idea about nearby cafes and restaurants that are hiring

Part 4: Additional Tips

  • Don’t be shy! Walk into the company of your interest or local stores and ask to talk to the
    manager about job prospects
  • Prepare your resume: take at least two copies of your resume with contact details to the manager
  • Pick the right time: avoid visiting the businesses to drop your CV, during busy hours. For example, avoid going to the restaurants during meal time
  • Always demonstrate eagerness: If there is no work available at the moment, ask if they know other businesses that may be hiring
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Living in Australia with PR in mind

Living in Australia with PR in mind

Parts

Part 1: Point-based PR System

Australia is becoming a popular immigration destination in the world. It has one of the most organized point-based immigration systems. The point-based visas include:

  1. Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189)
  2. Skilled Nominated Visa (subclass 190)
  3. Skilled Regional (Provincial) Visa (subclass 489)

You need to acquire a minimum of 65 points to be eligible for any of these visas. It is easier to get Australian PR with a score of 70 or above.

The points are calculated based on your educational qualification, work experience in Australia’s skills list, and English language proficiency.

With a Masters Degree, work experience in Australia’s skills list and good English language score you can get Australian permanent residency within a year.

Part 2: Key Things to consider before Applying for Australian PR

Occupation

Your occupation must be included in the skilled Occupation lists of Australia. The skilled occupations list is divided into three parts:

  • Short term skilled occupation list (SOL)
  • Medium and Long-Term Strategic Skills List (MLTSSL)
  • Regional Occupation List (ROL)

To be eligible to apply for Australian Skilled Immigration Program, your job profile should be in at least one of the lists.

To see Australian skill occupation list, click here

Skilled employment

You can gain a maximum of 20 points for your work experience with Australia or overseas, in the nominated skilled occupation or closely related occupation.

Australian employment in a nominated or closely related occupation

Work Experience

Points

Range #1

8 - 10 years

20

Range #2

5 - 8 years

15

Range #3

3 - 5 years

10

Range #4

1 - 3 years

5

 

Overseas employment in a nominated or closely related occupation

Work Experience

Points

Range #1

8 - 10 years

15

Range #2

5 - 8 years

10

Range #3

3 - 5 years

5

Age

Your age is an important factor when it comes to applying for Australian permanent residency.

You must under 45 years while applying and you get points for your age.

You get the maximum points for being between 25 – 32 years of age.

Age

Points

Range #1

18 - 24

25

Range #2

25 - 32

30

Range #3

33 - 39

25

Range #4

40 - 44

15

English Language Proficiency

You need to have good English proficiency to apply for Australian permanent residency.

The minimum requirement is IELTS band 6. However, you acquire zero points for IELTS band 6. Therefore, you must aim for IELTS band 7 or above if you want to get points for it.

IELTS Score

Points

Superior

8 or more

20

Proficient

7 or more

10

Competent

6 or more

0

Educational Qualification

You need to fulfill minimum educational qualification in order to be eligible to apply for Australian skilled immigration.

Your educational qualification can earn you a maximum of 20 points.

IELTS Score

Points

Qualification #1

Doctorate from an Australian educational institution or from a recognized non-Australian institution

20

Qualification #2

Bachelors degree(or masters) from an Australian educational institution or from a recognized non-Australian institution

15

Qualification #3

Diploma or trade qualification completed in Australia

10

Qualification #4

An award or qualification recognized by the relevant assessing authority for your nominated skilled occupation

10

Professional Year

If you have completed a professional year within the last 4 years, you can gain 5 points for it.

The professional year includes formal training with on-the-job experiences.

The professional year must be in the nominated occupation or closely related occupation and must be 12 months.

Nomination and Sponsorship (Subclass 109 and 489 only)

IELTS Score

Points

Nomination #1

From a state or territory government under state migration plan, for subclass 190 application

5

Nomination #2

From a state or territory government, or sponsorship by an eligible relative, to a regional area for subclass 489 application

10

Part 3: Courses that provide PR pathways in Australia

Choosing the right course is an important step to Australian permanent residency.

Here are the top Courses that lead to Australian permanent residency:

  • Engineering
  • Agriculture and horticulture
  • Building professions, architecture and building technicians
  • Construction trades
  • Hospitality
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • IT
  • Social work
  • Automotive traders
  • Cookery and patisserie
  • Child care
  • Law

Want to learn more?, click here

Part 4: Top 2 states that provide the best PR pathways

The skilled Independent Visa allows you to settle anywhere in Australia. However, each state has its own immigration program.

Here are the top two states to live in if your goal is to get an Australian PR:

Tasmania

Tasmania has introduced the Skilled Regional (Provisional) visa (subclass489) for Tasmanian state nomination of overseas applicants, which will allow overseas applicants to live and work in the state for four years.

It is one of the most convenient pathways to Australian PR.

The Tasmanian state nomination adds 10 points to the skill visa’s overall score.

There is no occupation ceiling in the Skilled Occupation List so you will have hundreds of options, and the state might also sponsor you.

However, there are certain terms and conditions of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Tasmanian Government’s sate nomination for state-sponsored visas.

The requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Meeting the skills assessment for specified occupations
  • Required the English language
  • Acquiring a minimum score on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s point test

In order to apply for this visa, you are required to nominate an occupation from Tasmania’s Skilled Occupation List and provide sufficient proof of employment opportunities in the state.

You can apply for following visas, in order to migrate to Tasmania

  • Skilled Independent Subclass 189
  • Skilled Nominated Subclass 190
  • Skilled Regional (Provisional) Subclass 489

A skilled visa holder can apply for applying for permanent residency after 2 years of living and at least one year of working full-time (35 hours), in Tasmania.

Universities and colleges

  • University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay Campus
  • TasTAFE

Want to learn more?, click here

To check availability, click here

 

Northern Territory

If you have a skilled occupation listed that is in demand in Northern Territory, you can emigrate to Australia.

The state government might even sponsor your visa application under general skilled migration visa subclass.

The Northern Territory is seeking to welcome skilled migrants in 117 occupations, offering a pathway to permanent residency to the workers and their family, willing to work in the region for at least three years.

If you are already living in Australia, you can apply for permanent residency after having lived and worked full time for 6 months in a nominated or closely related skilled occupation.

It is even easier if you have studied in the Northern Territory.

Want to learn more?, Click here

Universities and colleges

  • International College of Advanced Education (ICAE)
  • Charles Darwin University

Part 5: Gain extra PR Points

Educational qualification from Australian institution > 5 points

If you have one or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications awarded by an Australian institution and meet the study requirement, you can earn 5 extra points.

Regional study > 5 points

You can earn 5 points if you meet the requirement to have lived and studied in regional Australia or low populated metropolitan area.

Here is a list of places that could earn you the extra 5 points:

  • New South Wales (except Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast, and Wollongong)
  • Queensland (except the greater Brisbane area and Gold Coast)
  • Victoria (except Melbourne metropolitan area)
  • Western Australia (except Perth and surrounding areas)
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Northern Territory

Community Language Skills > 5 points

You can gain 5 points for Credentialed Community Language at the time you apply.

It is accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI)

Spouse / partner skills > 5 points

You can gain 5 points if your spouse/partner meets the following basic requirements:

  • Less than 45 years of age
  • At least competent English test score
  • Spouse/partner’s occupation should be in the same occupation list as the primary applicant
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The Complete Guide to Studying the IELTS

The Complete Guide to Studying the IELTS

Parts

Part 1: Introduction

Do you want to study abroad, but have no idea about how to prepare for the IELTS?

Don’t worry. You’ve come to the right place!

Preparing for IELTS can seem like a daunting task, and it could be if you don’t understand how to approach it, so that’s why we have come up with this guide to help you develop a clear understanding of what the IELTS ishow to prepare for it and where to find free IELTS practice materials.

Let’s begin!

What is the IELTS?

IELTS stands for ‘International English Testing System’ and is an assessment of English language ability for candidates who apply to work, study or live in an English speaking country like UK, Australia, New Zealand and others.

The IELTS tests your English language ability based on the four aspects: reading, writing, listening and speaking. It assesses the English Language proficiency required for a higher learning environment.

Why is the IELTS important?

Candidates from a non-English speaking country are mandatorily required to clear this examination. It proves that they are capable of communicating in order to study, work or live in an English speaking Country.

IELTS can help you study and work almost anywhere in the world as it is recognized by more than 9000 institutions worldwide including government, academic and employment institutions.

More than 2 million people take IELTS every year.

For how long do IELTS results last?

The IELTS test result has a validity of 2 years.

Who is required to take the IELTS?

Anyone from a non-English speaking country who wishes to study, work or live in English speaking countries like the UK, Australia, Canada, USA, New Zealand, etc.

General or Aacademic, which IELTS should you choose?

If your purpose is migration, secondary education or work, you should choose General IELTS.

If your purpose is higher education or professional registration, you should choose Academic IELTS as most institutions demand so.

Part 2: Aspects + Free online resources

Aspect I: Reading (60 minutes)

The Reading section consists of 40 questions. Reading skill is tested using varieties of questions.

Reading skills include:

  • Reading for the main idea
  • Reading for detail
  • Skimming
  • Understanding logical argument
  • Recognizing writers opinion, attitude, and purpose

Skills to develop

  • Skimming and scanning
  • Reading speed
  • Recognizing keywords
  • Grammar

Free Resources

  • For a Youtube Tutorial on how to improve your IELTS reading skills, click here
  • For IELTS reading preparation tips by the British Counsil, click here

Aspect II: Writing (60 minutes)

The Reading section consists of 40 questions. Reading skill is tested using varieties of questions.

Reading skills include:

  • Reading for the main idea
  • Reading for detail
  • Skimming
  • Understanding logical argument
  • Recognizing writers opinion, attitude, and purpose

Skills to develop

  • Skimming and scanning
  • Reading speed
  • Recognizing keywords
  • Grammar

Free Resources

  • For a Youtube Tutorial on how to improve your IELTS reading skills, click here
  • For IELTS reading preparation tips by the British Counsil, click here

Aspect III: Listening (30 minutes)

The Reading section consists of 40 questions. Reading skill is tested using varieties of questions.

Reading skills include:

  • Reading for the main idea
  • Reading for detail
  • Skimming
  • Understanding logical argument
  • Recognizing writers opinion, attitude, and purpose

Skills to develop

  • Skimming and scanning
  • Reading speed
  • Recognizing keywords
  • Grammar

Free Resources

  • For a Youtube Tutorial on how to improve your IELTS reading skills, click here
  • For IELTS reading preparation tips by the British Counsil, click here

Aspect IV: Speaking (15 minutes)

The Reading section consists of 40 questions. Reading skill is tested using varieties of questions.

Reading skills include:

  • Reading for the main idea
  • Reading for detail
  • Skimming
  • Understanding logical argument
  • Recognizing writers opinion, attitude, and purpose

Skills to develop

  • Skimming and scanning
  • Reading speed
  • Recognizing keywords
  • Grammar

Free Resources

  • For a Youtube Tutorial on how to improve your IELTS reading skills, click here
  • For IELTS reading preparation tips by the British Counsil, click here

Part 3: IELTS for Australia

Is IELTS required for students to study in Australia?

Yes! IELTS is the first choice of Australian Educational Institutions. Almost every education institution in Australia will require you to show proof of the desired English language proficiency level. The requirement may vary according to the institutions.

Which category of IELTS is required for students to study in Australia?

IELTS Academic is required for students to pursue higher education in Australia.

What is the IELTS requirement for students to study in Australia?

You need to score a minimum of 6.5 overall in IELTS with no less than 6 in each band, i.e reading, writing, listening and speaking, to study in Australia.

Each educational institution has its own requirement. For instance, the University of Melbourne requires a minimum of 7 IELTS score, whereas the University of Adelaide’s minimum requirement is 5.5. Therefore, it is safe to say that the ideal to score would be 7.

However, we recommend you to check the education institution’s website to get accurate information on the minimum IELTS score required.

Who is required to take the IELTS?

Anyone from a non-English speaking country who wishes to study, work or live in English speaking countries like the UK, Australia, Canada, USA, New Zealand, etc.

General or Aacademic, which IELTS should you choose?

If your purpose is migration, secondary education or work, you should choose General IELTS.

If your purpose is higher education or professional registration, you should choose Academic IELTS as most institutions demand so.

Is IELTS required for Australian PR?

Yes. IELTS is one of the primary steps to prepare for if you dream of acquiring an Australian PR.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIDP) requires you to show proof of the
desired English proficiency level.

IELTS is a part of Australia’s point-based immigration system.

Which category of IELTS is required for Australian PR?

General Training version of IELTS is required for Australian Permanent Residency.

What is the IELTS requirement for Australian PR?

The minimum IELTS band requirement for Australian PR and immigration is 6 in all four sections (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking).

How many immigration points can you get for IELTS in Australia?

If you score less than 7 points, you won’t get any immigration points.

If you score more than 7 and less than 8, you’ll get 10 immigration points.

If you score more than 8, then you’ll get 20 immigration points.

Part 4: Preparing for the IELTS

1. Know the test format

The first step of preparing for IELTS is getting acquainted with the test format so that you will know what to expect on the test day.

As you know by now, the IELTS is divided into four parts: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking:

  • Study the test format and make sure you are well aware of what to expect on the actual test
  • Carefully analyze the contents of each part

Free Resources

  • For understanding the IELTS format, click here
  • To learn about how the band score is calculated, click here

2. Practice sample questions

  • Practice as much as possible and try to get feedback on your answers.
  • Free Resources
  • To Download up to 10 practice tests, click here
  • To buy IELTS Official practice materials, click here
  • To download the IELTS prep App, click here
  • To take free IELTS online course from the British Council, click here
  • To get free IELTS Practice tests, click here
  • To get free IELTS practice materials, click here
  • To get free IELTS practice materials from the British Council, click here
  • For 10 Great ways to learn English at home, click here
  • For a Youtube tutorial on creating a 5 step study plan, click here
  • For the 5 best tips to improve IELTS score, click here

3. Try to stay relaxed a day before your test

This might sound absurd. Shouldn’t you be revising instead? No, just try to relax and read the information booklet and rules.

Follow the links for detailed information on the booklet and rules of IELTS exam.

  • To read the full IELTS Information for candidate booklet, click here
  • To read the IELTS Notice to the candidates, click here

4. Test day advice

  • Arrive early so that you have enough time to check in and complete all the security procedures
  • Bring your ID. You must bring the same ID you provided on your IELTS application form
  • Stay calm
  • Listen to the supervisor’s instructions carefully
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Where to Live in Australia as an International Student

Where to Live in Australia as an International Student

Parts

Part 1: Background

Are you thinking about studying in Australia?

Well, why wouldn’t you?

Australia offers top academic programs, excellent universities, and high living standards. It
attracts almost 300,000 international students each year and 1 in 3 students is an international
student 😮

Choosing a place to live can be difficult and confusing.

We understand that choosing where to live abroad can be a tough decision for international
students. Therefore, we have come up with this guide to help you find a suitable place to study and live.

By the end of this blog post, you will have a basic idea about the following:

  • Types of accommodation available in Australia
  • Best liveable cities in Australia
  • Cost of living in Australia
  • Best University cities in Australia
  • Best cities regarding PR Pathway

But before you learn about the best place to suit your needs, are you aware of the types of
accommodation available for students in Australia?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Part 2: Types of Accommodation in Australia

According to the Australian Government, these are the types of accommodation available on the market and their average cost:

  • Hostels and Guesthouses – $90 to $150 per week
  • Shared Rental – $85 to $215 per week
  • On campus – $90 to $280 per week
  • Homestay – $235 to $325 per week
  • Rental – $165 to $440 per week
  • Boarding schools – $11,000 to $22,000 a year

The Department of Home Affairs in Australia requires an international student to fulfill certain financial criteria. According to which the average living cost (including accommodation + bills + food + transport) for an International student is estimated to be $20,290 per year.

If you want to find out more click here.

Part 3: Best Australian Student Cities

Australia has of some of the most liveable cities in the world and is very difficult to find an Australian city that is not liveable.

International Students in Australia can work up to 40 hours per fortnight (two weeks) during university semesters and full time during vacations.

The minimum wage is $18.93- $23.66, depending on your skills and experience.

While the Australian cities are similar, each is unique in its own way. The differences are minor and depend on what you value. We have ranked the cities on the basis of livability, cost of living and Educational Institutions available.

Here is the city breakdown for you:

Melbourne

Melbourne is easily the biggest student city in Australia . It houses almost 270,000 students a year and It is known as the top cultural center of Australia.

Livability

Ranked 2nd on the list of most livable cities in the world 2018, Melbourne is also the headquarter to many Multinational corporations in the world.

It offers several leisure activities like live music events, comedy shows, many sporting events, Eureka Tower where you can have splendid views of the city, Port Phillip Bay or swim with the seahorses in Mornington Peninsula.

Pros

Cultural entertainment, design & architecture, diverse people.

Cons

Climate, road traffic.

Cost of Living

The cost of living mentioned here is on a monthly basis:

  • Accommodation (Shared): $500-550
  • Utilities (Gas and Electricity): $45-65
  • Food: $ 200-$320
  • Monthly ticket public transport:$ 148
  • Taxi on business day 8KM (5miles): $34
  • Entertainment: $200 min (depends on the lifestyle you chose)
  • Plan Phone (Vodafone, Optus, ): $30 min (depends on which phone you choose )
  • Other: $100

Universities and Colleges

  • University of Melbourne
  • Monash University
  • RMIT University
  • Deakin University
  • La Trobe University
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • Victoria University
  • Federation University
  • Australian Catholic University
  • Australian National Institute of Business and Technology
  • Chalmers Business College
  • King Edward College
  • Australian National College
  • Victorian Business College
  • Melbourne City Institute of Education

Sydney

With the largest economy in Australia, Sydney has the highest employability. It is also considered the financial center of the country and headquarters to several multinational companies. It is home to almost 230,000 students among which 50,000 are international students.

Livability

Ranked 5th on the list of most affordable places to live in the world 2018, Sydney offers a high quality of life and an active nightlife. Sydney offers lovely beaches and many green spaces and a “pay what you can Mondays”, where you can watch a play.

Pros

Economic opportunities, climate, cultural entertainment.

Cons

Affordability, cleanliness & pollution, road traffic.

Cost of Living

The cost of living mentioned here is on a monthly basis:

  • Accommodation (Shared): $600-$860 (depending on the suburb you live in)
  • Utilities (Gas, Electricity, water): $ 150
  • Food/Groceries: $200 -$320
  • Monthly ticket public transport:$ 165
  • Taxi on business day 8KM (5miles): $ 28
  • Entertainment: $ 200 min (depends on the activities you chose)
  • Plan Phone (Vodafone, Optus, ): $30 min (depends on which phone you choose)
  • Other: $100
If you want to find out more click here.
 

Universities and Colleges

  • Australian Catholic University
  • Macquarie University
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Technology Sydney
  • Western Sydney University
  • Australian Pacific College
  • Magill College
  • Kent Institute of Business and Technology
  • Central Queensland University
  • Australian College of Technology
  • Sydney International College
  • Sydney Community College
  • Kent Institute of Business and Technology

Adelaide

Adelaide is one of Australia’s best places to study abroad. It is popular among international students for its cheaper accommodation costs and good education equality nationally.

Livability

Ranking 10th on the list of most livable cities in the world 2018, Adelaide offers a unique mix of urban life and picturesque natural surroundings. Fun activities in Adelaide include Adelaide
Festival of Arts, Adelaide Festival of Ideas or Adelaide Writer’s week.

You can also visit the Barossa Valley (the best wine region in Australia), Kangaroo Island or swim with the dolphins in the Glenely area.

Pros

Affordability, clean environment.

Cons

Economic opportunities, public transport, cultural entertainment.

Cost of Living

The cost of living mentioned here is on a monthly basis:

  • Accommodation (Shared): $ 520 (cost depends on where you live)
  • Utilities (Gas and Electricity): $ 160-$220
  • Food/Groceries: $ 200- $320
  • Travel: $ 20-$40 per week (on student concession)
  • Monthly ticket public transport:$ 92
  • Taxi on business day 8KM (5miles): $21
  • Entertainment: $200 min (depends on the lifestyle you chose)
  • Plan Phone (Vodafone, Optus, ): $30 min (depends on which phone you choose )
  • Others: $100
If you want to find out more click here.
 

Universities and Colleges

  • Flinders University
  • Torrens University
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of South Australia
  • Salford College
  • Adelaide International College
  • Bradford College
  • St Ann’s College
  • Australian College of Applied Psychology
  • The City Business College
  • Adelaide Legal and Commercial College
  • Durban International College
  • International College of Hotel Management
  • Australian Institute f Business

Perth

Perth is the fourth most populous city in Australia. It has a nice and warm climate, lovely beaches and offers a variety of cultural and social activities.

Livability

Ranking 14th on the list of the most liveable cities in the world 2018, It has a nice and warm
climate, lovely beaches and offers a variety of cultural and social activities.

Pros

Clean environment, climate, economic opportunities.

Cons

Affordability, affordable housing.

Cost of Living

The cost of living mentioned here is on a monthly basis:

  • Accommodation (Shared): $ 420 ( cost depending on where you live)
  • Utilities (Gas and Electricity): $140-$240
  • Food/Groceries: $ 200-$320
  • Travel:
  • Monthly ticket public transport:$ 87
  • Taxi on business day 8KM (5miles): $20
  • Entertainment: $200 min (depends on the lifestyle you chose)
  • Plan Phone (Vodafone, Optus, ): $30 min (depends on which phone you choose )
  • Other: $100
If you want to find out more click here.
 

Universities and Colleges

  • University of Western Australia
  • Curtin University
  • Murdoch University
  • Australian College of Applied Education
  • Australian Institute of Commerce and Technology
  • TAFE International Western Australia
  • Alexander Technology Institute
  • New England College
  • Australian National Institute of Higher Education
  • International Business College
  • Beaufort College

Brisbane

Brisbane is the third most populated city in Australia. Home to many universities, Brisbane welcomes around 50,000 students each year. It is one of Australia’s most affordable places to study.

Livability

Ranking 22nd on the list of world’ most liveable cities 2018, Brisbane offers many fun activities like, Annual Buddha Birthday festival (probably the world’s largest fly over the city hot air balloon) or exploring Brisbane’s Moreton Bay Islands.

Pros

Affordability, climate, cleanliness & pollution.

Cons

Economic opportunities, cultural entertainment, look & design.

Cost of Living

The cost of living mentioned here is on a monthly basis:

  • Accommodation (Shared): $ 335- $1000 (depending on where you live)
  • Utilities (Gas and Electricity): $ 165
  • Food/Groceries: $ 200-$320
  • Travel:
  • Monthly ticket public transport:$ 133
  • Taxi on business day 8KM (5miles): $24
  • Entertainment: $200 min (depends on the lifestyle you chose)
  • Plan Phone (Vodafone, Optus, ): $30 min (depends on which phone you choose )
  • Other: $100

If you want to find out more click here.

Universities and Colleges

  • University of Queensland
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • Griffith University
  • Martin College
  • Imperial College Australia
  • Royal College of Healthcare
  • Queensford College
  • International Pacific College
  • Russo Institute of Technology

Canberra

Canberra is home to 50,000 students, out of which 9000 are international students. It offers many attractions like the man-made lake, nature reserves, Captain James Cook Memorial, the Black Mountain Tower, and more.

Pros

Road traffic, safety, clean environment.

Cons

Climate, affordability.

Cost of Living

The cost of living mentioned here is on a monthly basis:

  • Accommodation (Shared): $ 620- $980 (depending on where you live)
  • Utilities (Gas and Electricity): $ 80-$120
  • Food/Groceries: $ 200-$320
  • Monthly ticket public transport:$ 125
  • Taxi on business day 8KM (5miles): $24
  • Entertainment: $200 min (depends on the lifestyle you chose)
  • Plan Phone (Vodafone, Optus etc): $30 min (depends on which phone you choose )
  • Other: $100

If you want to find out more click here.

Universities and Colleges

Canberra is home to 2 internationally ranked universities.

  • Australian National University
  • University of Canberra
  • ANU College of Law
  • Australian College of Midwives
  • Australian Business Academy

Hobart

Hobart is a small picturesque town on an island in Australia. It is also the capital and most
populated city within the state of Tasmania.

Livability

Although a small city, Hobart is filled with art, varieties of food scene and natural attractions. Hobart offers fun activities like mountain climbing, Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), eating fish and chips from a floating punt, dining in the finest restaurants and more.

Cost of Living

The cost of living mentioned here is on a monthly basis:

  • Accommodation (Shared): $340- $600 (depending on where you live)
  • Utilities (Gas and Electricity): $48 – $220 
  • Food/Groceries: $ 200-$320
  • Monthly ticket public transport:$ 65
  • Taxi on business day 8KM (5miles): $21
  • Entertainment: $200 min (depends on the lifestyle you chose)
  • Plan Phone (Vodafone, Optus, ): $30 min (depends on which phone you choose )
  • Other: $100

If you want to find out more click here.

Universities and Colleges

  • Hobart University
  • University of Tasmania
  • Tabor College
  • TAFE Tasmania

Wollongong

Cost of Living

The cost of living mentioned here is on a monthly basis:

  • The cost of living mentioned here is on a monthly basis.
  • Accommodation (Shared): $ 707
  • Utilities (Gas and Electricity): $ 100
  • Food/Groceries: $ 200-$320
  • Monthly ticket public transport:$ 82
  • Taxi on business day 8KM (5miles): $36
  • Entertainment: $200 min (depends on the lifestyle you chose)
  • Plan Phone (Vodafone, Optus, ): $30 min (depends on which phone you choose )
  • Other: $100

Universities and Colleges

  • University of Wollongong
  • IRT College
  • Australian Technical College
  • Australian College of Commerce and Management
  • Richard Johnson College

Part 4: Best for PR Pathway

Australia is becoming one of the most popular immigration destinations in the world with almost 200,000 intakes every year.

Skilled Independent Visa allows one to settle anywhere in Australia. However, every state has its own immigration program in accordance with their economic and skills requirement, through which the states nominate applicants for skilled migration.

Tasmania

Tasmania offers the most convenient pathway to permanent residency and citizenship. It has introduced a new category for the Skilled Regional visa for Tasmanian state nomination of overseas applicants.

A Tasmanian state nomination adds 10 points to the skill visa applicant’s overall score. 

A skilled Visa holder can apply for permanent residency after having lived at least two years and worked full time (35 hours).

Tasmania has no occupation ceiling, which provides hundreds of options even if your occupation is not on the Skilled Occupation List.

If you want to find out more click here and here.

Northern Territory

You can apply for permanent residency after having lived for 6 months in Northern territory and worked full time in a nominated or closely related skilled occupation.

Universities and colleges

  • International College of Advanced Education (ICAE)
  • Charles Darwin University
If you want to find out more click here.

Part 5: Conclusion

Choosing where to live depends on what you value most. We’ve given you the details. It’s your job now to decide what you want, and in this case, where you want to study.

To get you started, here are some questions to brainstorm before you make your decision:

  • What do you want your study abroad experience to be like?
  • Is money an issue?
  • Which University do you want to study in?
  • Which course do you want to study?
  • Does your desired University have the course you want to study?
  • Does your desired city have Universities that offer your preferred course?

Remember to think and analyse before you make your decision. We hope this article was helpful.

SOP

The Complete Guide to writing a SOP for Australia

The Complete Guide to writing a Statement of Purpose for Australia

Parts

Part 1: Background

Do you want to study in Australia but don’t know how to write a Statement of Purpose (SOP)?

Are you tired of trying to find SOP examples and samples?

Don’t worry! You’ve come to the right place.

We understand that the Statement of Purpose is a fundamental part of the application process for studying abroad and that is also on of the most challenging parts of your application.

That’s why we’ve come up with this Blog post.

You’ll find tips and suggestions on how to write an effective statement of Purpose for studying in Australia along with a SOP template.

Part 2: What is a Statement of Purpose?

A Statement of Purpose or SOP is a kind of essay that education providers require the applicants to submit with their application. 

It consists of information about who you are, your aspirations and motivations behind your choosing of a specific career path, and where you plan to go from here.

Strong grades and test scores may set a foundation for you, but your experience and aspirations set you apart. The Statement of Purpose is where you let the admissions committee know about your experience and aspirations.

It is your chance to show who you are beyond your documents.

If you want to have a quick idea about what we are talking about, click here to see a first sample of a Statement of Purpose.

Part 3: How different is a Statement of Purpose from a personal statement?

Generally speaking, a Statement of Purpose gives the education providers a sense of why you want to pursue the program and your relevant experiences and qualifications.

Whereas, a personal statement sheds light on who you are, what is your drive, and what makes you stand out from the pool of applicants.

Most Universities ask for a statement of purpose. However, some might ask for a personal statement or even both.

Statement of purpose

A Statement of Purpose consists of your academics and career goals.

Include your aptitude, motivation, and preparations for the program, academic plans, career goals, and how the particular university is a good fit for you.

Personal statement

A personal statement consists of your personal background and experiences. It requires you to mention your life goals, long-term vision and any personal experiences that led you to select the program.

However, we recommend that you should check the education provider’s application website for more specific instructions.

If the program requires you to submit a Statement of Purpose only, then you should balance the personal and professional experiences with relevant information.

Part 4: What should you include in a Statement of Purpose?

A Statement of Purpose portrays your personality, and character. Hence, you should be very careful about what you include in your SOP.

Here are some aspects that your Statement of Purpose must include:

1. Clear articulation of your goals and interests

A strong Statement of Purpose means clear articulation of your goals in undertaking the program, future career plans, and long-term goals.

The objective of your SOP is to convince the admissions committee that you are the best fit for the program.

Discuss specifically your interests and goals. Use specific phenomenon or situations you find exciting.

The more clearly you show your interest more passionate you will seem and this is only possible if your goals and interests are clear and specific.

So, be as specific as possible while talking about your goals and interests.

2. Evidence of relevant past successes and experiences

The admissions committee wants to be sure that the applicants will be able to follow through their plan. The best way of demonstrating it is through your past experiences and successes.

Here are some things you should consider while talking about your past successes and experiences.

a. Personal Information:

Universities look for the reasons to select you while screening your application. Therefore, it is necessary that your Statement of Purpose highlights you.

Tell your story in a unique way. If you belong to a rural area and have struggled a lot to be where you are, mention it. Highlight the fact that you have overcome the challenges and managed to go on despite limited resources

Or, if you had a humble background, mention it briefly. You don’t need to go on and on about how great your life has been. Mention particular relevant experiences that highlight you.

b. Work experience:

If you have any work experience that supports shows your application feel free to include it in your SOP. Work experience is a great way of showing that you have already started contributing to your field of study.

Describe the work/s, mention your achievements and insights or lesson learned. Don’t go on listing everything you have done. Only include relevant information.

c. Extracurricular activities:

The Universities want to know what kind of leader you are or whether or not you are a leader. Extracurricular activities can be an ideal way of showing your passion and leadership abilities. It also highlights your ambitious personality.

Make sure to show the reason, for example, if you are talking about volunteering at an orphanage or leading a cleaning campaign in your neighborhood, make sure to include why you did these things and its relevance to your chosen career path.

d. Awards:

Listing relevant awards could show your determination and abilities to perform excellently.

e. Published works:

Published work is an essential requirement for candidates applying for Graduate or Doctorate programs, but it could be equally valuable for undergrad students.

Having published works shows your ability to think scientifically and work in a dedicated manner.

f. Failures:

While achievements show where you are, failures make you who you are. Most people prefer hiding behind their trophies and tend to not talk about their failures.

Whether you have failed a class or lost a job or a tournament or any personal accident, don’t be ashamed to talk about it.

The idea is to show your ability to rise from the failure. The universities are as interested in knowing how you react to failure and criticism as they are about your determination to win.

3. Strong writing:

You need to show the admissions committee that you are capable of clearly, effectively, and logically communicating your ideas.

Although it may depend upon the faculty, writing skills are an essential part of your SOP.

These are some of the aspects that could help you demonstrate that you are a good fit for the
program. However, a great SOP isn’t limited to these only. You can add any information to your
Statement of Purpose as long as it’s relevant and concise.

Part 5: What you should not include in your Statement of Purpose?

While you should be very careful about what you should include in your SOP, you should be equally aware of what you shouldn’t include in it.

Unnecessary information could hinder the credibility of your statement of Purpose (SOP). Therefore, to prevent you from it, here are some things, you should not include in your SOP.

1. Untruthful/ false information

2. Unnecessary personal information

3. Irrelevant hobbies and extracurricular activities

4. Repetitive information from CV

5. Any information that insinuates the migration pathway

Part 6: Preparing to write your SOP

Writing a Statement of Purpose requires focus and determination. It is your chance to prove that you are worthy and capable of studying in their university.

The first and presumably the most important step towards writing your Statement of Purpose is brainstorming.

1. Research

Different Universities have different criteria. Go through the University’s website and understand the criteria and requirement well.

Therefore, you need to know what they are looking for, in order to customize your SOP accordingly.

Note: Read the guidelines that the admissions committee provides.

2. Select details

Admissions committee don’t care about how great football player you were in high school or how you saved a puppy’s life unless it conveys your suitability to the course.

Here are some tips to help you:

1. List down all the things that come to your mind

2. Rank them in the order of importance in relevance to the chosen career path

3. List down the qualities they highlight

4. Start eliminating

Part 7: Statement of Purpose Outline

After you’ve selected information to use for your Statement of Purpose, fill it in the outline below:

a. Introduction: specific and clear interests
b. The experience that sparked your interest in the field of study
c. Experience 1: brief description, accomplishments, and learning
d. Experience 2: brief description, accomplishments, and learning
e. Experience 3: brief description, accomplishments, and learning
f. Mention the areas you want to focus during your studies and why are you interested in the particular program
g. Your plans after completion of the degree

Part 8: Writing your SOP

1. Introduction

The introduction part of your SOP should talk about your interest and motivation. It should present an initial theme or reason that will bring your experiences together.

Keep it short and to the point. Honestly state your interest and what sparked the interest.

2. Back up your introduction with past experiences and accomplishments

This is the meat of your Statement of Purpose and needs to present a logical argument to why you are a good fit for the program. For each experience you share, discuss the following:

a. A brief description of what you did

b. How long was the project?

c. What did you learn from it?

d. Accomplishments

3. Ending

The ending is where you emphasize more on your academic interest. The conclusion of your SOP should include two paragraphs:

a. Re-emphasis on your academic interest

b. Re-emphasis on your career plans beyond the degree

4. Edit and re-write

The best way to write a good SOP is to write, edit and re-write. Never submit the first draft of your statement of purpose. Show it to your friends and ask for feedback.

Part 9: Statement of Purpose checklist

Writing a good Statement of Purpose requires dedication, time and a lot of hard work. Here is a checklist for you to compare your SOP, and make sure that is up to the mark.

a. Does your Statement of Purpose have a hook?

The hook is an attention-grabbing first paragraph that makes you stand out from the rest. Describe an incident that sparked your interest in the field of study.

The easiest way to hook someone to your writing is by making them feel like they actually experienced the event.

Instead of starting like this ” Having completed my high school in science I am interested in pursuing MBBS. “

Start with a hook like this, “His right hand was holding an antiseptic dipped cotton. He was smiling as he asked how I injured myself. His presence felt warm and his words comforting. I wanted to make other people feel the warmth and comfort he had made me feel. That was the day I decided I wanted to be him. That was the day I decided to be a doctor.”

b. Does your SOP tell a story?

Narrate your life story in an interesting manner to retain the admission committee member’s attention throughout your SOP.

c. Is your story backed by data and facts?

An interesting story also needs to be convincing. Back up every experience with proper data and facts. Let’s say that you volunteered at a hospital that provides free health services to the underprivileged.

You could say “One summer, I volunteered at a hospital that provided free health services to the underprivileged.”

But what impact did you help to bring?

You could say this instead,” On the summer of 2016, I along with 2 additional volunteers participated in an initiative by The Community Hospital that provided free health services to 300 underprivileged children from rural areas of Nepal.”

Tip: The numbers and specific facts will make your story powerful.

d. Show don’t tell

Does your SOP use clichés? Most SOPs are filled with generic claims.

“I am a hard worker.”

” I am efficient and hard working.”

If you want to secure an interview, avoid such claims.

Instead of telling them that you’re hardworking and efficient show them through your past records.

You could say, “Successfully raised NRS. 30,000 in 3 days as the fundraising volunteer at the Community Hospital for the free health care for the underprivileged children project.”

Tip: Discard the cliches and concentrate on telling it exactly how it was.

e. Is your SOP tailored to the university?

A majority of students tend to write a Statement of Purpose that is all about themselves. You must show the admissions committee that you understand the University and the program.

Your SOP needs to showcase three things:

1. an understanding of the University and the community they have created

2. an understanding of the program

3. an understanding of what they are looking for in a student

Tip: Read the guidelines provided by the University properly and only include relevant information.

f. Is your tone and language appropriate?

Maintain a semiformal tone throughout your SOP. Strive to maintain a balance between the formal tone and communicating your personality.

Tip: Use formal, but conversational tone.

g. Are you being truthful?

You should not confuse telling a compelling story with fabricating lies. Your story does not need to be the next best seller. It just needs to be true.

Tip: Don’t makeup stories as you write. Tell it exactly as it happened.

h. Is your SOP convincing?

The sole purpose of your SOP is to persuade the admissions committee that you are a good fit for the program. They won’t be persuaded if they aren’t convinced.

“Do you really want to pursue this course of study?”

Ask yourself this question. If you can’t convince yourself, you can’t convince the admissions committee.

Tip: Fully explain the reasons why the given program is best for you.

i. Is your SOP logical and coherent?

Your SOP should reflect your personal journey and aspirations. It should be logical and seamlessly flow to the next paragraph.

Tip: Define and keep in mind the basic purpose of your SOP at all times.

j. Is the language perfect?

The SOP is not the place to show off your writing ability. It should be clear and concise. Tell your story without showing off.

Always proofread to avoid sloppy mistakes.

Tip: Avoid sophisticated word, use simple language.

Remember, the key to a good Statement of Purpose is the balance. Don’t write everything about yourself. Balance it out by mentioning only relevant information.

Part 10: FAQs

1. How should I discuss a challenge that has affected my grades and/or work?

Some applications, assign an extended space to discuss such circumstances. They come as a short write-in question. However, if no such space is available then you should concisely incorporate it in your Statement of Purpose.

To be more specific, you can include this information in the second paragraph where you discuss how you got started with it.

2. What does the admissions committee look for in a potential student?

Universities want to admit students who exhibit a history of determination, self-motivation, and passion for their proposed field of interest.

3. What will you be critiqued for?

Different Universities have different criteria for selection. However, most Universities are likely to critique you on the following basis:

a. How clearly you communicate your experiences, accomplishments, and your fit with the program

b. Whether or not your SOP presents a clear and coherent argument that you are the kind of student they are looking for

c. Your writing; format, tone, grammar, and coherence.

4. How long should my Statement of Purpose be?

In general, SOP ranges from 1000-1200 words. The length of your Statement of Purpose will vary according to the University. We suggest you read the guidelines carefully.

If no such guideline is mentioned, then we suggest you aim for 1000 words or not more than two pages.

5. How should I start my Statement of Purpose?

Always start your Statement of Purpose with a hook. Please refer to Part 8 – Checklist of the article for a more detailed explanation on the hook.

6. How should I end my Statement of Purpose?

We suggest you re-enforce your academic goals and future career plans in the end. Give the admissions committee a subtle reminder of your plans beyond the degree at the end of your SOP.

Please refer to Part 7-Writing your SOP for more information.

7. Does the Statement of Purpose need a title?

Generally, the title ” Statement of Purpose” should be the first line of your paper. It should be centered. Start your essay one or two lines below.

However, most Universities provide a specific format. So, make sure you check the guidelines and follow the format.

8. How to format a Statement of Purpose?

Statement of Purpose follows the running paragraph style of an essay. While Bullet points are accepted but we suggest you keep it to the minimum.

Ideally, a SOP uses a maximum of 12 font size, double space, normal margins and is maximum two pages long.

However, different Universities provide different guidelines. We recommend you read the guidelines properly and follow accordingly.

9. Is the Statement of Purpose the same as the Personal Statement?

No, the Statement of Purpose and personal statement are different. Please refer to Part 3 of the article for more detailed information.

10. Can you use the same Statement of Purpose for different applications?

No. You can use parts of the SOP but never use the same SOP for different programs. Each University is unique so every SOP should tailor the University’s criteria. Using the same SOP for different programs is not a good idea.

Please visit our website at https://searchedu.com.au/ for more information. You can also call our
branch office and seek help from professional education counselors and registered migration
agents.