How Academia helps overseas students studying English in Melbourne

Are you an international student who’s planning on studying English in Melbourne?

If so, you’ve got a lot of planning to do. Moving to a new country, even if it’s temporary, is a lot of work.

You’ll need a place to stay, you might look at getting a part-time job, you’ll need to learn the local public transport, and study English, all at  the same time!

Leaving home to study abroad can feel exciting and tense at the same time.

Luckily, you don’t have to do it alone!

Preparation is key in studying abroad, and unlike other institutions, Academia helps overseas students like you get ready for your English course in Melbourne.

Academia’s school of English will help you by…

Helping you find temporary accommodation

Academia is proud of its partnerships. In addition with industry partners, our partners also include OZiHOUSE, an organisation that specialises in housing international students.

Everyone needs a place to stay. If you need assistance to  arrange student accommodation, our team is happy to help.

Our student services we will help you prepare your application for a sharehouse, homestay, or rental.

Picking you up from the airport

Feeling nervous and overwhelmed by a new city’s public transport system? Are you landing late at night? Or early in the morning?

Academia can arrange a direct airport pickup for international students. We will wait for you at the airport, and drive you to our campus in Melbourne to complete your enrolment, or to your accommodation.

Just be sure to give us 72 hours (3 days) warning… and don’t forget to give us your flight details, too!

Helping you find a job

If you’re going to live in Melbourne, you might be looking at getting a job to pay for rent, transport, and daily expenses.

Our job club can help you get started.

You will work with one of our qualified English teachers, who will help you:

  • Write a CV and resume
  • Find job offers
  • Check your application for spelling and grammar errors
  • Practice for your interview

In addition, we will also teach you about your rights as an employee under Australian law, and ensure that you are being paid the correct amount and that your employer is treating you properly.

…  providing support and welfare services

Moving to another country is hard, even if it’s only temporary. It is completely normal to sometimes feel nervous, homesick, or overwhelmed while studying English in Melbourne.

If you feel like it’s getting too tough, our team is ready to help.

Our student welfare services can support you if you’re having a hard time adjusting, and can direct you to professional counselling and welfare institutions if needed. All you have to do is ask.

How you can prepare for your big move: essential tips

With the right information, you’ll be able to experience the best things Australia has to offer.

So before you pack your bags and leave, we listed some guidelines on how you can make the most of your preparation in studying abroad.

Where should you start?

Research the country you’ll be studying in

Studying overseas begins by learning everything about your destination.

So do your research and explore any kind of insight or information into a country’s culture, language, customs, and values.

And when studying in the land down under, you might also like to learn unique Australian slang and language!.

Find out how you’re going to get to your English course in Melbourne

Unless you’ve packed a car in your suitcase,  you’ll likely be using public transport to get around Melbourne!

That’s why the next thing to look at is the layout of the city, as well as your public transport options.

Another good piece of advice is to make a booking with our student services immediately to apply for a student card. Our team will help with your application, saving you a lot of money on public transport.

Melbourne has an expansive public transport made up of trains, trams, and buses. Getting around is pretty simple, once you’ve got a basic understanding. Want to learn more?  Our blog post is a great place to start!

Budget and cost

Studying abroad has a price.

Have you been accepted into a foreign study program or decided you want to learn English in an English-speaking country?

Firstly, congratulations – we commend you!

And secondly, you’ll need to think about how you’ll fund your studies and day to day living expenses while you’re there.

In particular, always check on the institution you are applying for all the necessary charges for application, exams, and other fees included in their package.

Click here to learn more about Academia’s 2020 pricing for international students.

Apply for a passport and visa

While some countries allow visa-free travel, Australia only has such an arrangement for our neighbours in New Zealand.

If you’re coming from any other country, you will need to apply for a student visa before you can start studying English in Melbourne.

Of course, it isn’t as simple as just asking for a visa – it’s important that you apply for the correct visa.

If you’re unsure, we suggest visiting your nearest Australian embassy or consulate.

Alternatively, click here to find out which student visa may be right for you.

Study in Australia with Academia!

Whether it’s your first time studying abroad or you’re coming back for additional qualifications, Academia welcomes all English students.

It doesn’t matter what your goals are – we have an English course for you:

In addition to English courses in Melbourne, we also offer a range of other courses, all of which are open to overseas students like you:

On each department page, you can find out what our previous students – including those from overseas! – had to say about studying with Academia.

Feel free to get in touch with us for any of your enquiries.