Australia is a leading education contributor with seven of the top 100 universities in the world and 3rd most popular international student destination in the world. Australia has five of the 30 best student cities in the world making it the best study destination.
Western Australia is the largest state in Australia, Perth, the capital of Western Australia is a cosmopolitan city with a wonderful climate, relaxed atmosphere and modern facilities. Over 25,000 international students choose to study in Perth and Western Australia each year, thanks to its friendly and relaxed lifestyle, a booming economy and excellent work opportunities.
Whether it is the relaxed easy going lifestyle, or the exciting adventures that Australia is renowned for, Perth has it all! With its beautiful beaches and stunning waterways, Perth has been a great option for students as study destination city. The world-famous Kings Park and Botanic Gardens are visited by over 6 million people each year.
The city boasts a great outdoor lifestyle, convenient free public transport within the city, and accessible cafes, restaurants and clubs. Due to its fantastic weather, averaging 300 days of sunshine a year, Perth is a popular study destination for students from all over the world.
Some reasons why so many international students choose Perth as their study destination:
- Competitive study expenses: Studying in Perth can often be considerably less expensive in comparison to study options in other developed countries, such as the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.
- A lifestyle that’s hard to match: Perth offers one of the highest standards of living in the world, and yet is more affordable than the UK and the USA. The city enjoys a Mediterranean climate with perfect blue skies and a pollution-free environment. Perth also has a relatively low crime rate compared to other major cities, making its campuses, transport and city streets safe and secure.
- Reputation for high-quality education: The quality of Australia’s education system means that Australian qualifications are recognized around the world. Not only are Australian qualifications considered favorably by employers, they are highly regarded by educational institutions across the globe. Students thinking of vocational study in Australia have an advantage as the Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) system is one of the most advanced in the world. It has a strong student focus and is simple, flexible, relevant and responsive to student needs.
- The most multicultural state in Australia: People of more than 200 different nationalities live, work and study in Perth, speak over 170 languages and practice over 100 religions. There are numerous places of worship and most restaurants and campuses cater for religious and dietary requirements. Perth also has many ethnic communities, allowing you to connect with people who have similar interests and backgrounds. So no matter where you’re from, you’ll always feel welcome and respected.
- A perfect backdrop for festivals and fun: Perth is Western Australia’s cultural hub for arts and entertainment. Visit the traditional and contemporary art galleries, enjoy a night of theater, dance, comedy or film and take advantage of Perth’s amazing weather by enjoying the city’s outdoor festivals. There are also many funky lounge bars, energetic clubs and local pubs where you can dance, listen to live music or watch sporting events on the big screen. There’s plenty to do in Perth, you just need to know where to find it.
- A city of opportunities: In line with Western Australia’s burgeoning economy, you may be able to take advantage of a number of part-time work opportunities. Students are allowed to work up to 40 hours per fortnight during study periods and unlimited hours during holidays. Students may find work in shopping precincts near the campus and in other areas around the city. Opportunities may include positions in restaurants, supermarkets, cafés, shops, cinemas etc.
NIT partners with 2Stay, a quality student accommodation provider offering quality accommodation solutions for international students. 2Stay houses students in modern, comfortable and secure accommodation, ensuring that they not only have a great place to live but also a welcoming atmosphere to promote a positive and enriching experience. At 2Stay you’ll find your home away from home. For more information, visit 2Stay’s website here.
Whether you have financial support from your parents or provide for you own living costs, it’s important to understand the costs involved and budget accordingly.
A typical budget includes:
- Accommodation (e.g. weekly rent)
- Electricity, water and gas
- Food and groceries
- Phone and internet
- Transport (car or public transport)
- Clothing and entertainment
- Health costs (e.g. insurance)
You’ll find a guide to approximate living costs in Western Australia on the StudyPerth website.
The Australian Government is committed to ensuring you have a great education experience in Australia. The ESOS Act and related laws protect international students through:
- The ESOS legislation and recent reforms
- The National Code
- The Overseas Students Ombudsman
- The Tuition Protection Service
The ESOS Act and associated legislative framework ensures high quality education services. The legislation has minimum standards on a range of issues that ACAE must follow. The ESOS Framework also links with migration laws and imposes visa related reporting requirements on both students and education providers.
Further information about students’ rights and obligations under the ESOS Framework can be found in ESOS Framework Student Fact Sheet which can be downloaded via following link:
Provision of Education for Dependents of International Students
All school aged dependents if International students are obliged to attend school whilst in Australia. School fees may be incurred. For further information about school aged dependents, please visit http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/
NIT will not be able to make study arrangements for dependent children of its International students.
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
Australia is one of the countries in the world that requires you to have health insurance, even if you are an international student who is only residing in the country temporarily. This health care program is referred to as the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and is incredibly important for you to understand and purchase before you go to Australia.
This insurance helps to meet the costs of medical care, hospital care, pharmaceuticals, and ambulance services while in Australia. If you are someone that has a student visa or if you are applying for a student visa, you must get an OSHC.
NIT is able to arrange an OSHC for students through Medibank Private. All overseas students are required to pay Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for themselves and all of their accompanying family members to Australia.
Student Welfare and Support Services
NIT Australia provides their student with below welfare and support services:
- Academic Concerns ( Attendance, academic performance and other issues related to your studies at NIT Australia)
- English Language, Language Literacy & Numeracy
- Personal & social problems
- Accommodation issues
- Any disability or other issue which may impact on the ability to participate successfully in learning and assessment
- Financial Hardship
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for International Students
Orientation program generally takes place in the week prior to or on the first day of the study period. The orientation sessions gives us an opportunity to welcome students and provide them with the following necessary information:
- Information about NIT and its industry context
- Introduction to key staff members
- Introduction to safety essentials on campus
- A campus tour including classrooms, student areas, student administration/services
- An orientation kit containing all required paperwork for students to complete
- A presentation on important Visa policies for international students on a student visa
- A presentation on VET Training and Assessment approaches, including the principles of competency based training and assessment, RPL and course credit.
- NIT student ID card
Any student who cannot attend Orientation must notify NIT prior to the date of orientation. An opportunity to attend an alternative session on arrival can be scheduled with the relevant administration and training staff in these circumstances; however, there must be compelling or compassionate reasons for non-attendance of orientation and the request must be made prior to the orientation date.
It is the responsibility of students who arrive after the course commencement to catch up on work missed through consultation with the Student Support Officer (SSO) and the relevant trainers.