international student in Australia

New country. New home. New course. That’s a whole lot of newness to cope with as an international student in Australia. So, how do you manage it all and make the most of this exciting new life experience?

We spoke with staff and students at the College to find out what they believe are the six biggest challenges for new international students, and the best ways to overcome them.

  1. International students and making friends

When you move to a new country, the first challenge you face is being away from friends and family, perhaps for the first time ever. Life’s not very fun when you don’t know anyone! You need to get some new friends, fast. Here are some great ways you can start to build those connections:

international student in Australia
  1. Breaking down language barriers

It can be hard to get by in a new country if you don’t feel confident in the local language. The best way to take your English to the next level is to immerse yourself in life in your new city:

international student in Australia
  1. How to make money

Having a part-time job can be a great way to improve your language skills, make some extra money and meet new people.

  • Not sure where to start? This video will help you prepare the things you need to do to find a part-time job
  1. Managing your money as a student

Oops, I don’t have any money left! How did that happen? This may be the first time you’ve lived away from home and had to manage your finances. If you’re not smart about it, you could end up in a tricky situation!

Upon arrival, you will be provided with support to help you set up a bank account in Adelaide, however, there are also a few simple things you can do to ensure you don’t end up short of cash:

international student in Australia
  1. Keeping safe

Even with all the snakes, sharks and crocodiles, Australia is actually one of the safest places in the world! But in a new country, it’s always a good idea to be careful and to get to know your legal rights.

  • Watch out for scams and fraud. Don’t lend large amounts of money to anyone, no matter how nice they are. Make sure you’re smarter than they are and be prepared.
  • Be careful online. Check out this social media safety guide from the University of Adelaide.
  • Although Adelaide is considered one of the safest cities in Australia, it’s a good idea to read about street safety in Australia. You can also get some great beach safety tips from our blog article here.
  • Be aware of sexual safety, and inform College staff if you ever feel unsafe.

If you ever have any issues, call the College emergency phone number (0400 807 815), South Australian Police (131 444) or emergency services (000).

international student in Australia
  1. Staying happy and healthy

You can’t do well in your studies if you’re feeling unhealthy or unhappy! To prevent yourself from becoming overwhelmed, consider this advice on how to take care of yourself as a new international student in Australia:

  • Follow these tips for coping with stress health while studying, and be aware of organisations such as Beyond Blue that provide mental health advice and support.
  • The medical system in Australia might be different to your home country. SA Health provide lots of health information and you can find out here how to find a doctor or use your health insurance. Your OSHC provider also provides many resources to help you maintain good health and wellbeing. Students will meet a BUPA representative at orientation, but there are also good online resources for you to use.
  • Each year the College runs events related to health and wellbeing. Check out RUOK day and Wellbeing Week for support, yoga and meditation.

Don’t forget, we’re here to help you. If you feel like you’re not coping, contact Student Services and they’ll organise an appointment with a counsellor or a doctor for you.

international student in Australia

Click here to read more about life as a new international student in Australia at the University of Adelaide College.