If you want to spend a semester studying in Australia, the first thing you should know is that this is not your run-of-the-mill country. It is a disarmingly beautiful expanse of wonders and it is fairly easy to get distracted, especially if you are the adventurous type. On the technical side, it will require you quite a bit of preparation too. In order to properly divide your time between diligent work and unforgettable escapades during your semester in Australia, here are travel and study tips for adventurous students.
Why study in the Land Down Under?
Australia doesn’t only offer a completely new and unique backdrop to your studies. It also boasts some of the best universities in the world, with a wide range of programs and courses. Cities like Melbourne and Brisbane are bona fide scholar meccas that host the most unbelievable assembly of people from every corner of the globe. It is the diversity central and a good place to expand your horizons in every conceivable way. Therefore, if, by any chance, you stumble upon people from your own country, don’t isolate yourself in a “national clique”. Instead, try to create an eclectic social circle that will challenge your thoughts and perceptions.
Smart management of time and resources
It is a vast and wild country, so it’s perfectly understandable why your adventure seeking heart yearns to see the entire Australian wilderness beyond the horizon. In order to have enough time on your hands and travel across the patchwork of diverse inland landscapes, you will need to organize well and use every trick in the book to keep yourself focused and efficient. Managing your assets also means that you should be smart about acquiring viable academic materials that can save you precious time.
For example, if you are spending a semester at the Queensland University in Brisbane, there are completely legitimate and legal ways to acquire notes and resources of QUT past exams that will keep you purely focused on the studying instead of the incessant meandering in search for viable material. Accessing such digital document libraries is also a saving grace in social terms. It can be quite awkward to ask your colleagues to help you dig up resources before you’ve even had a chance to meet them properly.
Location, location, location
Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane do tend to top the lists of the best university cities in the world, with Melbourne moving up and down the top 5, but you should also consider other viable locations. Each of the Australian cities that boast a university has a top-notch and wholly unique experience to offer, but as soon as you are settled with the destination, you should keep in mind that it will be very hard to “cover” the entire country during your adventures. The importance of location is reflected in the overwhelming size of the country, so choose smart.
The additional reason why you should think twice before moving to, for example, Sydney or Melbourne is because these cities also rank among the most expensive cities in the world. You are a student after all, so stay smart about your finances, and save up for your recreational outings into the unknown!
Embark on road trips
One of the best ways to experience Australia if you are the adventurous type is to embark on road trips. The Land Down Under is a well-connected country and the highway maintenance is top-notch. The culture of road trips is as prominent here as it is in the USA, so find a convenient shared vehicle and drive off into the horizon with your newfound friends!
The final trick in the “studying in Australia” book is not to underestimate any technicality, document or an application form. Australia is a country of exciting academic opportunities and a colorful playground for anyone who is thirsty for adventures. These tips and tricks can be of assistance as you prepare for an exhilarating semester in Australia, but nothing beats the experience of it. You have enough leeway to fashion your own unique escapade, so your time in the Land Down Under will be completely idiosyncratic and your own.