International students detail some of the challenges they face whilst studying in Australia.
Getting the right information
One of the biggest challenges they face is the information. Pre-departure information. So they heavily rely on education agents for the pre-departure information. If agents do not give them proper information, then that’s when they’re prone to a lot of problems when they come to Australia. The challenges might include workplace exploitation, issues around accommodation where they might not be aware of the tenant rules, tribunals and stuff like that.
-Bijay Sapkota from Nepal
Looking after your mental health
Mental health is a big concern here in this country for a lot of international students.
-Keon Simmons from USA
Communicating with others in English
I come from China, English is not my mother tongue so it’s made it hard (to communicate) with others especially the locals here at first. From studying English here, I enjoy talking with the locals and other students (from) different cultures.
-Jiajun Wang from China
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Time taken to learn English
Some of my friends, they were struggling because they started with academic English which is the formal English to study in university so… really hard for them to adjust. But for me, I learn step by step so it’s taken time for me – 2 years!
-Lek Jatuporn Jaikanta from Thailand
Understanding the Australian accent and getting people to understand me
I find that local Australians… speak very fast and sometimes, they squeeze many words into one so it’s hard to understand them sometimes!
-Nadya Melnikova from Russia
When I went to rent an apartment or an official place, I have to make them understand me. I think it’s a little bit difficult because you have to make them understand you and you have to understand them. They will not repeat their words you know?
-Abdulelah Hawsah from Saudi Arabia