If you’re considering Australia as a destination to continue your studies, here are some things to consider.
Sorting out a student visa
In order to be able to study in Australia, you’ll need to have the correct visa. Before applying, it’s important you understand all the conditions of your visa, including health insurance requirements (mandatory for student visas) and if you’ll be able to work (working is allowed for most student visas, but there are conditions).
Make sure you take the cost of living into account
Course fees and tuition costs aren’t the only expenses you’ll need to factor in while you’re studying. One of the main requirements you’ll need to demonstrate in order to get a student visa is evidence of being able to financially support yourself while you’re studying in Australia (as well as any dependents). You can find out about the current financial requirements on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
If you’re studying in Australia on a student visa you’ll be required to have arranged your health insurance for the full duration of your studies before you arrive in Australia. You’ll also need to choose a health insurance provider that’s been approved by the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. Depending on what educational provider you’ll be studying at, you may be able to arrange it with them using their approved provider.
Find out more about health insurance for students
What about accommodation while you’re studying?
Studying in Australia means you have a variety of different accommodation options to choose from that suit a range of budgets and lifestyles. Although your options may vary depending on where you’re studying, these can include accommodation on campus, homestays and shared accommodation. It’s worthwhile reaching out to your university or educational provider as they may be able to help you with arranging accommodation – take a look at their website or contact them directly.
Working while studying
Depending on your student visa, you may be able to work up to 40 hours per fortnight during term time and for unlimited hours during course breaks. That means not only can you earn money to help pay for expenses, it can also be an ideal way to build up contacts and make new friends.
Find out more about student visa working conditions
Connecting with the Nepalese community
Although it’s exciting to experience a new country and culture - or many cultures given the multicultural make up of Australia - it can also be comforting to make contact with people from your home country that live here too. A good place to start is the Nepalese Australian Association – it’s been connecting members of the Nepalese community in Australia since 1976.
If your university or educational provider has an international students office, it’s worthwhile reaching out to them as well for local Nepalese contacts or even with other Nepalese students at the institution.
Sorting out your banking in Australia
One of the things you’ll need to do is sort out your banking in Australia. The good news is this is likely to be a lot easier than you’d think. Once you arrive in Australia, you can open an everyday bank account online with Westpac.
Alternatively, you can open an account in of our one of our local branches.
Things you should know
This information does not take into account your personal circumstances and is general in nature. It is intended as an overview only and it should not be considered a comprehensive statement on any matter or relied upon as such.