Living in Australia & New Zealand
Adjusting to life in Australia & New Zealand
Living in a foreign culture is an experience we often look forward to with excitement and enthusiasm. However, many of us are often unprepared for the how different the cultures can be. Culture shock is a very real phenomenon and everyone is affected by it in some way.
While at first everything may appear new and exciting, once you have settled into the routine of study you may experience feelings of frustration, loneliness or uneasiness. This is a natural part of adapting to a new culture.
Remember, we are here to help. We will ensure that you, like the thousands we have already helped, will come to love and embrace life in Australia or New Zealand.
Looking after yourself
When you come to a different country, it's important to remember the way of life is not the same as what you are used to at home. In your own country, you may be used to travelling late at night, getting public transport on your own, or carrying large amounts of money with you every day. Just like in any big city in the world, in Australia and New Zealand doing some of these things might sometimes put you at risk.
As an international student, it's important to do things the way local Australian and New Zealand people do:
- be aware of your surroundings
- try to travel with friends if it's late at night
- only carry small amounts of money with you each day
- try to stay in well lit areas late at night when waiting for public transport
- avoid walking in dark areas at night - try to walk where the streets are well lit
- contact the police by calling 000 (triple zero) if you feel you are in danger
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Australia and New Zealand are fantastic countries to live and study in. Being aware and understanding the local way of life means you'll be able to look after yourself better and have a rewarding experience.
Living in Australia
Living in New Zealand
Need more information?
- Advice from some students and staff
- Ask a Student Enrolment Advisor