Sydney Harbour Bridge
Taronga Zoo Sydney New South Wales Australia
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Living in Sydney, Australia:
Cost of Living
It is estimated that it costs between AUD$20,100 per year for accommodation food, transport, clothing, medical and entertainment. Married students must also add an additional 35% for a spouse, and 15-20% per dependent child.
In cases where a student has school aged dependents, there are schooling obligations for their school aged dependents to study with either a government or non-government school which will incur school fees.
International students can access accommodation that suits their personal needs including but not limited to homestay, sharing with other students or renting an apartment or home.
Working in Australia
International students have permission to work up to 40 hours per fortnight during term time. In the term breaks, students may work additional hours.
Overseas Student Health Cover
It is compulsory for all international students to have Overseas Student Health Cover as a requirement of your student visa. Students must have private health insurance for the duration of their stay in Australia as per the Australian Government policy.
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is insurance that provides cover on the costs for medical and hospital care which international students may need while in Australia. OSHC provides 85% of the scheduled (government recommended) fee for consultations with private doctors (including specialists) and emergency ambulance transport. It will also pay all the charges for a shared ward and treatment in a public hospital if a doctor appointed by the hospital treats you.
OSHC does not pay for pharmaceutical drugs, dentists, physiotherapists, spectacles or contact lenses, pregnancy related services during the first 9 months of cover or pre-existing conditions. Additional coverage for these purposes can be purchased separately from OSHC world care or any other private insurer.
Sydney has a modern, convenient transport system including trains, buses and ferries. Students will find that no matter which suburb they live in, there is a direct form public transport that goes directly to and from the city. Students using public transport will need to purchase an Opal Card from the NSW Government. Further information is available on line at www.opal.com.au
Sydney’s weather is moderate throughout the year with mild winters and moderate summers, making it an attractive destination for students from all around the world.
Sydney has many major shopping centres and there are cultural pockets in different suburbs where you can purchase .
Sydney has a world class harbour with exciting facilities and activities to do such as the Harbour Bridge, Sydney Harbour, the Opera House, Darling Harbour, Aquariums, Museums and beautiful beaches are just some of the many beautiful places in Sydney. You can enjoy free entertainment that includes Sydney’s famous fireworks on the harbour and the Vivid light spectacular.
The Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000, or ESOS Act, establishes legislative requirements and standards for the regulation of education and training institutions offering courses to international students in Australia on a student visa. In particular ESOS provides tuition protection for international students. Following recent changes to the ESOS Act, fact sheets for students and providers are now available on the Department of Education website at the following link: https://docs.education.gov.au/system/files/doc/other/esosstudentfactsheetv3.pdf
STUDYING IN AUSTRALIA
Extracted from 'Study in Australia', an Australian Government iniative
Australia is the 4th happiest country in the world according to the 'Prosperity Index 2012'. We are proud to have 5 of the 30 best cities in the world for students (as reported in Top University Rankings 2012)
Modern day Australians enjoy a laid back lifestyle and the great outdoors. One of their most popular holiday activities is camping
The Indigenous 'Dream Time' is the foundation for tens of thousands of years of spiritual aboriginal art, traditions, legends, myths, folklore and culture.
The wattle, an Autralian native plant known for it's vibrant red colour was adopted as the national floral emblem in 1912.
Over 200 different languages and dialects are spoken in Australia including 45 Indigenous languages. The most common non-English spoken languages are Italian, Greek, Cantonese, Arabic, Vietnamese and Mandarin
The top most favoured foods in Australia is the Hamburger. Other foods on the top of the list includes pies, shrimp, and the great Aussie BBQ
More than 80 percent of Australians live within 100 kilometres of the coast making Australia one of the world's most urbanised coastal dwelling populations
Australia was the second country in the world to give women the right to vote in 1902