Studying overseas in Australia

by Mark Benson on October 5, 2009

in Australia Immigration, Education in Australia

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In an increasingly borderless world driven by information, one of the opportunities thriving in this kind of landscape has been to study overseas . With the opportunity, the individual is able to immerse themselves in a different culture and country while at the same time be able enjoy the modernity of the country’s educations system. This has made many to reach out to educational institutions beyond their borders and this discussion revolves around the considerations and conditions one would be encountering as one opts to study overseas, particularly Australia.

Studying overseas in general

The further development of the Internet , as well as advances in telecommunications systems have allowed opportunities to study in other countries commonplace. There are many issues though that needs to be considered to determine that your efforts are in the right place and that you are on the right track.  Do this at the earliest possible time because once you have started your study, you would be hard pressed to learn your major and at the same time be able to acclimatize to a wholly different culture and country.

Financing your study period overseas

The first and probably one of the greatest concerns of studying overseas is obtaining the proper financing of your studies in Australia. If you are from the United States, then you would have five to six Australian school options that fall within a particular US funded program for overseas study. This though limits your choices of fields of study and location and if you choose a program not listed therein, then funding would be hard to come by in this program.

The fact that there are a few schools in Australia who are part of this program certainly would lead to an increase in the popularity of these schools. On the downside, the success rate of obtaining financial backing from the program for your study may only be given to a very chosen few applicants.

Student visas in Australia

A student visa is also another option an individual can apply for to indicate the willingness to learn under the Australian educational system to become a useful and viable contributor to the Australian economy. This has been the course taken by those couples that have been unable to prove relationship of at least twelve months to the satisfaction of Australian authorities.  Once a student visa is obtained, it can provide the preparatory step towards obtaining a permanent residency visa to Australia.

Personal loans for your education costs

If the program of choice is not part of the US funding program mentioned, there are other viable options available in order to finance one’s schooling in Australia. One such option is in applying for a personal loan from a United States bank and once granted the visa to Australia, taking out another loan from a bank in Australia.  Other options include getting guarantors for his education funding while in Australia.

Credit score in Australia

Credit scores in general are retained by an individual when one remains in the same country where the credits were obtained. Once the individual moves to another country such as Australia, your credit score while in Australia would start from zero. When you immigrate, you would have no records of credit or credit history that will make it difficult for you to be financially stable in the early days of your stay in Australia. What needs to be done is to slowly build your new credit score. This is one of the first things you need to establish as you set up your new life in Australia for this is where most of your financial activity would grow from for the future.

Working and education visas

A study visa is not a self-limiting visa as you can also obtain a work visa while you study in the country. This option can help immensely in raising the necessary funds to continue studies in Australia. Aside from that, it is also a way for individuals to acclimatize themselves in Australia and having a job would bode well for one’s credit core and financial standing.  You need to remember though that this kind of visa is either study only or work and study visa. The work and study visa would allow you to work only during the breaks in the academic calendar year, as the primary reason for your stay in Australia is study. If you do not observe this particular requirement then you may hamper your long-term possibilities of receiving permanent residency status in Australia.

Moving overseas is a big step

As already discussed, opting to move to a new country anywhere in the world is a big step by itself. When you do this together with an undertaking of obtaining an education in the country of choice, then the stress of adjustment becomes all the more demanding. You need to cope with the new country’s way of life and at the same time meet the demands of the major you are studying. This may weigh heavily on an individual’s physical, emotional, intellectual as well as psychological well being.  In order to assuage this, you need to be properly prepared for what lies ahead as you study in live in another country particularly Australia.

Conclusion

With the increasing demand for skilled work in other countries, many see that obtaining an education overseas can help bridge the gaps between cultures and countries. In many instances, there are programs that can be availed of for specific programs in particular schools at different countries. Should you face the situation that you cannot obtain funding from these public sources, then you may need to rethink your overall plan to study overseas as financing is one of the major requirements for study abroad.

If you do wish to study in Australia, then you need to apply for a student visa and if funding is a problem, then you need to look for other options for sources to help you obtain your education Down Under. In the long term, the hard work and the long hours you put in, from the preparation to the sourcing of funds to the actual school work would reap benefits for you when you choose to study overseas in Australia.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Cody Frisbee February 25, 2010 at 4:40 am

My name is Cody, I am a 31 yr old male who is looking to relocate to Australia (Sydney in particular). I am a licensed massage therapist and bodyworker in the USA and have owned and managed my own clinic for the past 4 years. I graduated from a premier institute in my field (Center for Massage and Natural Health) and have studied various modalities to upkeep my license and ensure the qulaity of my work over the years. I am currently investigating schools in Australia that offer programs in the alternative healthcare field and am willing to make an investment in the education system there, especially if it helps me in obtaining citizenship. Sadly, I have read that if you go on a student visa then you cannot work during your study terms so as to not deter you from your focus. I find that it would be difficult to to do this as I would need to support myself while in school. Are there any solutions to this problem? How do I find a good agent to help me with this process and is it necessary to hire someone? Do I even need to invest in schooling or would I be eligiable just as I am? Any information and asisstance would be much appreciated.

Sincerely,

Cody M. Frisbee

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MICHAEL GEBREMICAEL October 23, 2010 at 6:21 pm

I WISH TO STUDY THERE MASTERS IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION THERE

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MICHAEL October 23, 2010 at 6:28 pm

NO PROBLEM SIR , YOU CAN GET PROOF ,BUT THE ONLY PROBLEM IS I AM FROM ERITREA FROM WHICH THE GOVERNMENT IS DICTATORIAL AND DOESNOT ALOW THE PAPER ,ALTHOUGH IT OBLIGES TO BE GIVEN FOR THE RIGHT STUDENT

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Michael Gebremicael October 23, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I AM A STUDENT FROM ERITREA, BUT NOW I AM IN RWANDA AS RIMMIGRANT. NOW I HAVE A GREAT NEED TO STUDY AND WORK IN AUSTRALIA BECAUSE I BELIEVE THAT THERE IS QUALITY, FAIRE AND CONDUCIVE SITUATION FOR STUDY AND WORK THERE

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Dylan March 9, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I am a US citizen looking to relocate ad study in Australia, what is the US funded program you talk about in "Financing your study period overseas" paragraph one. I want to look into this program.

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