In recent few years, a massive number of students are moving abroad for studies, be it to the US, Europe, Australia, or Asia. When you go abroad to study, there is a massive opportunity to explore new cultures and avenues. But, this newness can be as daunting an experience as it may be exciting for you. If you are moving to a country that is new to you, or you do not have much experience with the language or culture, it can be both a challenging and thrilling experience, depending on several factors.
It may take some time for you to settle into life in Australia and feel comfortable in your new surroundings. So, here are some tips and tricks to help you get started living in Australia quickly.
How to Adjust to Life in Australia? Here are some tips that you can follow.
Learn the daily native language
Although English is the official language of Australia, some of our slang might be challenging to learn for new immigrants. Watch classic Australian films, listen to popular Aussie English podcasts like Aussie English, or tune in to popular Australian soap operas like Home and Away to get a feel for how Australians speak, laugh, and engage with each other down under. Also, sites like the Study Skills website contain comprehensive guides and tutorials on everything you need to get your written English in order if you need a little assistance. Make sure that when you write your assignments, they sound as natural and smooth as possible.
Meet people and try to strike up a conversation with them
The warmth & kindness of Australians is something we take great pleasure in. As a foreigner, it is generally easy to strike up a conversation with people here, and most of them are friendly and willing to engage in conversation. Find someone to say “hi” to when you are at the campus function the next time. You will be absolutely amazed at how quickly you meet and befriend someone who is willing to go out for coffee or visit the campus with you.
Explore the surroundings and find new places to visit
It is a privilege and a pleasure to be able to live and study in such an open country as Australia. Explore the local places and get to know your local library or the study spaces on campus. They will come in helpful, especially if you are sharing your room with housemates. These places will come as a big relief to read or finish an assignment. Get a bike from one of the many Share A-Bike stations and ride around the city’s wide network of cycleways. You can take a walk if you want to absorb it more.
Get acquainted with the landscape
Australia is not only one of the largest countries in the world but it is also incredibly diverse. In reality, the size of Australia can be difficult to comprehend, even for people who have traveled and studied abroad. Watch some Australian-themed documentaries or a road trip film like Priscilla, Queen of the Desert to get a sense of its size. Make friends with locals, talk to them, and explore the city with them.
Learn about dangerous creatures
Australia is home to some of the world’s most frightening and dangerous creatures. Although you will rarely see creatures like the deadly funnel web spider in a city, it is always a good idea to keep a handy chart ready to identify harmful spiders, snakes, lizards, and other dangerous creatures nearby and also in other parts of the country.
Protect Yourself from Excess of Sun and Water
Excess of anything can be dangerous. Also, as Australia is surrounded by oceans on all sides, you will be very close to water, whichever side you choose to stay on. Make sure, you maintain a safe distance from the water and harsh sun. Always wear proper sun protection, and wear safety jackets whenever you go near the water or ocean. Also, the country faces crises like floods and bushfires. Knowing their information and keeping up with updates on social media is a smart idea.
Associate yourself with a local sports club
Australians are some of the most avid sports fans in the world, with a large portion of the population regularly attending sporting events. Rugby union and league are two of the most popular sports in this country, as are cricket and Australian rules football. If you’re a sports fanatic, attending a sporting event can be an exhilarating lot of fun. It may be even more enjoyable if you can round up some friends.
Take a club membership
Students here have the opportunity to join a variety of clubs and organizations, including but not limited to sports teams, drama groups, student governments, arts groups, and more. In clubs, you will get a chance to interact with people who have comparable hobbies and interests. There is most likely a group out there that is interested in the same things as you, whether it be politics, sports, gardening, religion, or writing. If you do not find anything to your taste, you can always start your own group by just getting together with a few of your friends and discussing the things that interest you.
Take your study experience as an adventure
Keep in mind that your time studying in Australia is an adventure! While staying away from home and family, you may come across tough times at every interval. Feelings may keep emerging from time to time, now that you are here, whether you stay in Australia, go back home, or continue on your journey elsewhere. Do not get bogged down in any situation. Be strong and whenever you feel overwhelmed take advice from people who are close to you.
Enjoy Australia’s relaxed lifestyle and keep in mind that Australia has a lot to offer. You will never forget the time and effort you spent studying here. Even so, if you are experiencing any type of culture shock, get in touch with the International Student Support Service to learn more about the comprehensive resources that are offered to international students. They are here to help you adjust to campus life, and they can point you in the right direction if you need any additional support.