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It is a well-known fact that Australia’s education comes at a high price. This, added to high living standards might be a bit expensive to handle. However, if you are eligible, you can apply for an international scholarship, loan or financial aid designed specifically for overseas students, which can drastically lower your study costs.
Learn about paperwork procedures
You can start preparing your visa application once you have been accepted to a university and a course of your preference. The Australian government has simplified this procedure to a large extent for all foreign students. As of 2016, all study visas fall under the same category, Student visa (Subclass 500), no matter your academic field of interest. Do not be afraid to reach out to your university and ask for help when applying for the visa. Australians are helpful in nature and will be happy to offer guidance if they are familiar with the procedures.
Learn about public transport
Australia has a well-developed variety of public transport options including buses, trains, light rail, and ferries. These services have reliable timetables and it might be useful to learn about their schedules. Some territories have concession fares for students, so it might be financially prudent to ask around and obtain the proper transport cards depending on your age and status.
Know your work and study options
Your Australian student visa allows you to work up to 40 hours a fortnight while your classes are running in full speed, and you are free to work as much as you need during breaks, while your family members can do the same. While this is an excellent way to minimize your expenses, you should consider whether this will affect your studying.
Learn about grading System
Australian grading system can be different than that of other countries. They use letters to grade your work, but their success percentages and meaning are quite different. HD stands for high distinction, D for distinction, and these are the two highest marks that you can get. Cr stands for credit, P for pass and F for fail.
Learn about road rules
Australians drive on the left side of the road. It is also probably a good idea to avoid driving in the country at dusk, dawn or even in the middle of the night as animal-related accidents occur on Australian roads every day. Also, driving while using your mobile phone is disallowed.
Besides having some of the world's toughest anti-smoking laws, Australia is also one of the most expensive places for smokers. A pack of cigarettes may cost up to $40 in Australia.