Need some help to get your study in Australia or New Zealand organized?
If you want to study in Australia or New Zealand, it’s a good idea to shop around and get some help with your applications and setting up your studies, particularly if you’re just starting from scratch and looking for options. There’s a lot of searching and decision making to get through. There are also a lot of universities and course choices. Then there’s the visa issues, accommodation, etc, too, so you really do have enough to manage without inventing the wheel as well.
Study options basics
Education in Australia and New Zealand is big business. While that’s created a lot of opportunities for overseas students, the education sector is therefore also highly competitive and can often be confusing, with a lot of different possibilities. Searching online can be a bit ambiguous, too, because you can find yourself looking at multiple choices, 2000-5000km apart, with no idea which is the better option.
The good news for overseas students is that most Australian and New Zealand courses have international accreditation. That means that your qualifications will be recognized anywhere, and you can go for jobs in other countries. (Note: You can also check out jobs in Australian and New Zealand. Qualified people are very much in demand in some areas of the local employment markets.)
The business side of things and staying on top of the money situation
The money situation is where things can get complex. It’s another area where good advice and professional support can make life a lot easier for students. Study in Australia or New Zealand isn’t necessarily expensive. That said, you do however need to know how the payments systems work, and your range of choices in terms of payments to suit your own budget needs. You need to research your costs carefully, and make sure that you’re not entering into any problematic financial situations.
These are the main points to consider regarding finances:
Extremely important: The best approach to course fees is a straightforward, easy-on-the-budget form of payment scheme. Recent studies of overseas student incomes indicated that some students were under pressure from a combination of expenses like accommodation, living costs and fees. That’s not how to budget for overseas study.
Australian colleges and educators have been very concerned about these “degrees of difficulty” (excuse the pun) being experienced by foreign university students. Be realistic about your income and expenses, make absolutely sure you have sufficient spare cash after expenses and fees, and you’ll automatically avoid difficulties. Get advice in advance before making any financial commitments.
Sharing expenses as much as possible is a very good idea, as long as the people you’re sharing with are reliable.
Long hours at low paying jobs can be murderously hard work, particularly during intensive studies. If you need to get a job, get a job which allows you to work and study on regular, sane hours.
Giving yourself a safety net and friendly help when you need it
Your study trip can be easy and fun right from the start. Australian and New Zealand universities and professional advisors in the education sector can also provide you with a lifeline and advice if you’re having problems. Just get online or pick up the phone, and all the help you need is right there waiting for you.