Choosing to study overseas is a huge decision. But fear not! Open days are here to help you make sure it’s the right decision for you. With a significant cohort of international students studying in universities across Australia, you’ll never be on your own in the experience.
Here are some helpful tips and info about checking out university open days as an international student
Do all Australian universities accept international students?
Australian universities are host to a huge number of international students. There were almost half-a-million international student enrollments in 2020 alone!
With such a significant percentage of the higher education student body living in Australia temporarily to study, most prominent universities are well-suited to taking on international students.
International students at university open days
International students are allowed to begin residing in Australia up to 90 days before starting a course. For this reason, it might not be possible for you to attend a university open day in person. But if you are in the country at the right time for your prospective university open days, it’s always a great idea to attend.
Many universities even have special events and info sessions specifically for international students, and these can be a great way to meet fellow ex-pat students and help ease your transition into this exciting phase of your life.
Getting online for international open days
For many international students, coming to Australian universities for their open days is either not possible due to visa restrictions, or incredibly difficult due to the expenses of international travel.
But if you’re in this situation, you don’t have to worry — many of Australia’s most renowned universities offer online international open days, specifically for prospective overseas students. With these online open days, you can still get the chance to meet academic and support staff at your prospective university and find out more about the courses, admission process and social events that will help you feel welcome in the country.
All you need to do is register your details on your prospective universities’ websites and you’ll get an online invitation to join in the events.
Find support for overseas study
University open days, whether they’re held online or on campus, are valuable opportunities to find support and resources to help you in your study. This is especially true for international students, many of whom are separated from their families and friends for the course of their education.
By taking some time to find the support that’s offered to you, you’ll be enhancing your student experience and undoubtedly get much more out of your time at an Australian university.
Which universities are best for international students?
The best university for you will depend on a range of factors, including which city or town you’d like to live in, your academic interests and what you’re looking for in your student experience. However, there are some universities that are considered particularly great for international students.
- Australian National University
- The University of New South Wales
- The University of Melbourne
- The University of Sydney
- The University of Queensland
- Monash University
- Macquarie University
FAQs for International Students
If your prospective university has a significant international student body, there should definitely be other international students attending the open day. You can use the time to make new friends and meet amazing new people.
The best way to get online for open day is to visit your prospective university’s website. This will have all the info you need about how to register, when to attend and what to do to prepare.
If you’re going to an open day on campus, it’s best to wear enclosed shoes and comfortable clothes. Check out this article for more info on how to prepare for open day.