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7 Tips on How to Deal With Homesickness Abroad

Are you feeling anxious, distracted and a little lost living abroad? Do you think of home a lot, miss familiar places and faces, and experience feelings of sadness that you can’t quite pin down to any particular thing? Your symptoms sound like a classic case of homesickness. It’s a totally natural human experience, but it’s not very fun! Many students at MIT have come to study in Perth from abroad. For these students, learning how to deal with homesickness can be a natural part of transitioning from home to a foreign country, where you suddenly find yourself dealing with a … Continued

6 Places to Visit in Perth: Get to Know Your New City

If you’ve just arrived in Perth, welcome to Australia’s sunniest city! There’s no shortage of things to do and places to visit in Perth. It’s easy to get around, multicultural, affordable, vibrant, and best of all, you can enjoy some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches on your days off. Going to visit the city’s landmarks is a great way to quickly get a sense of place in your new home. From Perth’s incredible beaches to its beautiful colonial architecture, you won’t be disappointed! As a new international student, here are the top places to visit in Perth and tick off … Continued

How to Study Law in Australia (Even if You Don’t Have an ATAR!)

Have you just graduated from high school and your ATAR doesn’t meet the requirements for you to study law in Australia? Or, perhaps you’re living overseas, and your country doesn’t have an ATAR equivalent. Whatever your situation, don’t worry.  You don’t actually need an ATAR to get into law! There are alternative pathways you can take if you have the desire and work ethic to study law.   If you don’t believe it, just look at Kerith’s story!   Kerith Chunga is originally from Zambia, but she migrated to Australia with her parents after she finished Year 11 in high … Continued

Top 3 Reasons You Should Get Involved in University Sports in Australia

Studying is about so much more than attending classes. University sports a great way to develop skills, join a community and have fun, no matter your level of sporting ability! Here are three great reasons why you should get involved in a sports team at your institution:   1. Make life-long friends and extend your professional networks.   Aside from the fun of playing, the best part of being on a sports team is having the experience of bonding with your teammates. You’re working together to improve your performance as a team, you celebrate victories together and you support each … Continued

Top 5 spots for shopping in Perth

Source: www.londoncourt.com.au   If you’re an international student new to Perth you’re probably still trying to find your bearings in the city. Luckily Perth has many fashionable hotspots we can point you to! It’s also getting easier for international students to go shopping in Perth using payment systems they know and use back home.  Last year, Alipay announced some exciting news for Chinese visitors to Australia. The popular Payment service had decided it was time to move in, down-under. In partnership with Australian payments provider Smartpay, Alipay payment facilities have now extended to over 25,000 retailers in Australia and New … Continued

Know Your Rights at Work: A Guide for International Students in Australia

Did you know that as an international student in Australia, you’re permitted to work up to 20 hours per week? Work is an essential part of life for many studying in Australia, and not just because it allows you to earn some extra income. It’s also a great way to practise your English, make some new friends and become a part of society in your new home! Unfortunately, some foreign students can end up in jobs where they are being exploited because they’re not aware of Australian rules and regulations. If you’re from overseas, it’s really important that you get … Continued