Simple Tips For International Students On Their First Week In Australia

Your first week in a strange, foreign country may leave you feeling like Dorothy when she first landed in Oz – homesick and completely overwhelmed.

However, there is no need to panic. Here are a couple of useful tips to help you with your transition into the Land Down Under.1. Go to your University’s ‘Getting Started’ Sessions.Feeling confused about where to start? Many universities recommend their international students attend a ‘Getting Started’ session before Orientation Week. These sessions fill you in on how to enrol in your classes, getting your ID card, finding your way around the daunting campus and meeting other students. You will come out of the session feeling much more prepared – and who knows, maybe you’ll bump into a new friend who was just as confused as you are.2. Make your new room your home.Whether you’re living in a dorm, with a homestay or at your own apartment, you will be spending a fair bit of time there. So why not turn it into a place that you can call home? Plaster those dull white walls with posters of your favourite band or TV show. Hang fairy lights to cast a warm, golden glow over your bed and pin nostalgic photos of your smiling family and friends on a corkboard. Ta-da! Your bedroom is now a sanctuary of comfort and relaxation.3. Manage your money.Moving to Australia as a university student means you will need to budget your money wisely. Resist the temptation to spend all your cash on “I Heart Australia” T-shirts to send to your friends back home, and invest your money in a savings account. Rack up student discounts, deals and stash away any leftover money in the bank. Also, get a job as soon as you can. Whether it’s at your local Boost Juice or a restaurant specialising in your homeland’s cuisine, it will keep you too busy to dwell on your inevitable homesickness and will earn you a little extra cash on the side!4. Make new friends.As humans, we tend to stick with what’s familiar. Whilst it is comforting to cling onto your old friends, you must leave behind the past in order to discover a new you. Join clubs and societies that interest you and don’t be afraid to talk to people. They are also just starting out at uni and are probably just as lost as you are. If you’re feeling homesick, organise exciting events like ice skating and karaoke with a bunch of friends and tell them to invite people that they know. Nothing brings people closer together than belting out the lyrics to “Someone Like You” by Adele – trust me.5. Visit the places that make Australia beautiful.Embrace the culture of Australia and immerse yourself in the abundance of wonderful activities that your city has to offer. Many lively cities in Australia pride themselves on their array of exhibitions, museums, galleries, rivers and festivals. Sightseeing can be a great way to distract yourself from missing your home too much, as well as learning your way around. Sure, the first week may be a little intimidating, but once you get over your first few days in Australia, you will settle right in. Don’t be afraid to try new things and embrace change! After all, just because Dorothy said there’s no place like home, it doesn’t mean that she didn’t enjoy her adventure in Oz