Are you ready to head to Australia and start studying English in Melbourne?
If so, we recommend you read this article very closely!
There are a lot of different things you will need to do before you can start your English course in Melbourne.
If you want to make your stay in Melbourne one to remember, it’s crucial that you start by laying all the important groundwork.
And that means…
Getting a job to support you
Some international students are fortunate enough to have large savings that they can use to support themselves, or a family who can help to cover their expenses.
For others, however, finding work is essential if you want to study in Australia.
Luckily, there’s part-time work available for students in Australia, but as an international student, you may feel a bit confused about where you should start.
Academia can point you in the right direction, helping you find job listings and opportunities.
What’s more, we can also help you get that job!
Our Job Workshop can help you write a resume or CV, and prepare you for your job interview (including giving you English tips that you will find super useful!)
Finding a place to stay
If you’re going to be studying English in Melbourne, you’ll need to start by finding a place to live.
If you’re lucky, you might already have friends or family in Melbourne with a spare room that they can lend you.
If not, you’ll need to find a place before you land in Melbourne. However, it can be difficult to do that if you aren’t already in the country.
Academia offers support to recently-arrived international students, including help finding temporary accommodation.
Our partnership with OZiHOUSE allows us to find you a temporary place to live while you look for a more permanent student accommodation or homestay.
Researching your destination, Melbourne
Melbourne is one of the world’s leading cities. With so much to explore, you won’t just learn – you will also experience one of the most exciting times in your life.
Of course, if you want to make the most of your time in Melbourne, you will need to do your homework and research the city you are moving to!
- How to get around
- The public transport system
- The general layout of the city
- Attractions and things to do
All of this will help you make the most of your time studying English in Melbourne.
After all, life isn’t all about studying! You’re in a completely different city – make the most of it and enjoy everything Melbourne has to offer!
Making connections and building friendships
A lot of international students leave this until after they’ve arrived – if you ask us however, this is something you will want to start with early on!
Building a solid friendship circle before you arrive can help you in more ways than one:
- You will have people to help you adjust to life in Melbourne
- They’ll be able to look out for you
- They can teach you all the things that you may not have seen in your research
- They can help you as you study English
Start by joining online groups of international students or people from your home country – Facebook groups are a great place to start.
Of course, you’ll also want to make friends with your fellow students – luckily, that’s something that Academia can help with!
How to: make friends with your fellow students when you learn English in Melbourne
Classes are a great way to meet other students.
However, they aren’t your only option!
In addition to your classes, Academia also runs a host of different activities for international students that serve two purposes:
- Help improve your English skills
- Help you meet new friends while you study
As we say in English, it’s all about giving you “the best of both worlds!” (Translation: you’ll be able to make connections and learn, at the same time!)
Some of the clubs and events we run include:
- Movie club – practice your English and make friends by watching movies in English and talking about them
- Conversation club – practice your speaking while also learning more about your classmates
- Book club – read an English book of your choosing, and talk about it with other students
- Social activities – zoo trips, mini golf, pub quizzes… these regular events let you get the most out of your time studying English in Melbourne
English courses in Melbourne
Everyone studies English for different reasons – it’s exactly this reason that we offer a range of English courses exactly for this reason.
Whatever your goals are, we can help you achieve them!
Want to improve your day-to-day English?
With grades for every skill level, this is the English course in Melbourne for you!
Bring your everyday reading, writing and speaking up a level – click here to learn more about English for General Purposes.
English for Academic Purposes
So your goal is to enrol in an Australian university. But is your current English level enough?
We aren’t talking about your conversational fluency, either – studying at an Australian university requires a very specific set of English skills that you don’t use everyday:
- Understanding lectures
- Reading studies and reports
- Writing essays
- Making oral presentations
If you don’t feel confident enough to tackle these, English for Academic Purposes can help!
English for IELTS preparation
IELTS is one of the most recognised English tests in the world, used in all sorts of applications:
- Immigration and visa applications
- University enrolments
- Certain multinational businesses
You may have to obtain a specific IELTS level before your application is accepted.
Luckily, that’s what Academia specialises in!
We can help you achieve your required IELTS level, teaching you the content of the test and helping you prepare (and hopefully get the score you need!)
More than just English
In addition to English, our institution in Melbourne teaches a wide range of accredited, nationally recognised courses that can help you get started in a range of industries:
- Commercial cookery courses
- Childcare courses
- Aged care courses
- Patisserie courses
- Hospitality management courses
Study English in Melbourne with Academia!
So you’ve gotten all of these essential preparation steps out of the way – now all you have to do is choose somewhere to study English in Melbourne.
Why should you make Academia your choice?
Simple: we’re a medium-sized institution… and we’re proud of it.
Unlike larger institutions, we can give international students who are studying English in Melbourne the sort of one-on-one attention that you won’t find elsewhere.
Our experienced instructors and qualified staff will be able to help you with your unique problems – no matter how big or small.
Find out if our English courses in Melbourne are right for you – call our campus or enquire online: