Studying in Australia – Achieving career aspirations

As international students deciding to come to Australia, our decision to study here is often made based on the pursuit of our career aspirations. When we arrive, we need to develop our language skills, and understand the environment and cultural trends to get a job and gather enough financial resources to afford our daily and study-related expenses. How can we achieve our career aspirations while we are doing all this? By identifying our personal strengths and weaknesses, defining our life goals and career purpose, targeting the roles we want to perform, identifying the skills we need to develop, volunteering and leadership involvement. These are all great strategies to help us work towards our desired careers.

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From Philippines to Melbourne — CPA Ambassador Opportunity and Endless Possibilities

Application status Student (subclass 500): Granted. Congratulations! This must be one of the happiest emails that I have received from the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs. Welcome to the land down under where I would be studying a Master of Professional Accounting at CQUniversity. Exciting, isn’t it?

I would come to face a new environment, live independently, meet new people from diverse cultures, advance my career through study and a lot more. But, what does it really feel like when you leave home to experience all these things that await you?

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17 Free and Useful Apps for International Students in Australia

Mobile phone apps

There’s almost an app for everything out there, which is kind of helpful, but also quite overwhelming too!

We’ve put together 17 free and useful apps for international students in Australia that we highly recommend.

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International student? Have you had a health check recently?

As an international student, we understand there are many things to consider when studying and living in Australia. These include your personal health and wellbeing. We encourage all our international students to undertake regular health checks.

As you are probably aware, it is a condition of your student visa that you maintain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of your studies. This allows you access to the health service and public hospitals in Australia, which includes cover for:

  • standard consultation fee with a General Practitioner
  • standard costs for a stay in a shared ward of a public hospital
  • emergency ambulance cover; and
  • most prescription drugs.

How to arrange an appointment

To arrange a health check, please call to make an appointment with a local medical centre. Check the yellow pages directory under Doctors, or Medical Practitioners to find a doctor or clinic.

Emergency care

If you ever require emergency medical care, go to the Emergency section at the nearest hospital, which are usually open 24 hours.

A full list of all public and private hospitals in Australia is available at MyHospitals.

If the situation is life threatening, call an ambulance immediately. The emergency number for Ambulance, Police, and Fire services is 000.

Should you ever feel unwell, or require medical attention, please don’t hesitate to seek advice from a qualified health professional during your stay in Australia.

Outbound exchange program in Osaka, Japan – The End

The sad part of an outbound exchange program is that the program itself is for a short term. We get to meet lot of people and make new friends or rather I should say friends for a lifetime and then leave to our own ways. The first week was slow but the remaining weeks went like a flash. Continue reading Outbound exchange program in Osaka, Japan – The End

Outbound exchange program in Osaka, Japan – Part Three

During the last three weeks, we all had the opportunity to go on several excursions to other cities and areas. These day trips have given me the opportunity to know more about Osaka’s culture, food and people. The first trip was at Nara’s Todai-ji temple which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continue reading Outbound exchange program in Osaka, Japan – Part Three

Outbound exchange program in Osaka, Japan – Part one

My excitement about going to Japan turned into anxiousness when I heard that I was the only international student who got the opportunity to go on this lifetime study abroad adventure with 14 domestic students.

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Exploring Melbourne’s Laneways

Hanging around Melbourne central business district (CBD) is one of my favourite things to do as I’m always discovering beautiful and amazing places. Recently, a group of us from CQUniversity Melbourne went on a guided city tour with our friendly host Ricardo. I must admit at first I wasn’t that excited as I thought I knew the city well but to my surprise it was really interesting seeing the city through other people’s eyes. Continue reading Exploring Melbourne’s Laneways

Enjoying Life Independently

Shova reflecting on sydney beach

I came to Australia to study as an international student from my home country of Nepal. Like many of us, I started living on my own and although it was hard for me at the start I now feel awesome living an independent life. Here are some of my personal insights… Continue reading Enjoying Life Independently