of the most common problems
that international students have studying in
Australia are following Australian laws and
Unfortunately there are some students who do not
respect others and donít understand the basic
rules whilst they are living in Australia. The
laws in both Australia and New Zealand are very
strict especially for things such as: drink
driving, illegal drug taking, working illegally,
(students) letting their visa expire, and
maintaining an 80% attendance in a course.
Please be aware of these rules before you enter
the country Ė if you break the law you could be
deported (sent home immediately).
a student is to be deported
breaking Australian laws or rules,
the student will be removed immediately from
Australia, losing all fees they have already
paid for their course (s), homestay, Overseas
Student Health Cover etc. If a student is being
deported, the school is not obliged to return
the money if the course is not completed.
Therefore, it is highly advisable to read and be
aware of the terms and conditions of the
contract, either with an agent, or directly with
the school, and be aware of student obligations
that frequently occurs is when students find out
they do not like their chosen course and would
like to change. Some students, who made their
choices based only on price, later decide that
they want to change courses or institution. The Immigration
dpt states that students may
change their course providers but it will need a
good reason for a
student to change providers, the city or the
course. For such permission the student needs to
present their reason for changing in writing to
the Immigration Department. A "Release Letter"
will need to be issued from the studentís school
stating why the student is breaking their
contract before completing their course. The
school is not obliged to provide a reason for
terminating the contract, or refund any amount
of money from the remainder of the course. In
other words, the student will need to negotiate
with the school. It is possible the school will
refund your money, if the course you originally
enrolled to study in, is cancelled. Therefore,
it is very important to research the school and
city you want to study in.
international students face is finding a job in Australia.
Students often overestimate their ability to get
a job or a contract immediately.
Australia has plenty of good jobs for students;
however itís not always easy to get one within
the first few days after arrival, and sometimes
it can take a long time to find one. If you are
student visa and with the permission to work for 20 hours a
week, it is a good idea to apply as soon as
possible for a tax file
number with the Australian Taxation Department.
This allows you to work legally in Australia.
Cash in hand jobs, where you do not pay
tax, are not very easy to find for International
students. Many students find that they use a lot
more money than they thought they would, and it
is very common for students to use the money set
aside to pay the course, the rent and food,
because they cannot find a job. I have seen a
lot of students in this situation. If you do not
have the money, issues will arise with both the
school and the Immigration Department. If you
have problems for some reason, the best thing to
do is to contact the financial department of
your school, and explain or negotiate the debt.
The best thing a student coming to study in
Australia can do is to set aside extra money to
cover any eventuality, and make sure that they
have access to a credit card or extra financial
help if they need it.
studying in Australia is safe and
peaceful no matter which city you choose. Being
informed, and following the Australian laws and
rules, everything will run smoothly so donít
note that many new rules were introduced such as changing providers, 2
year courses, attendance and extra pontos for
English level. More information please consult
Walking on stilts without undies, may give
you some problems in Australia!