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.
OVERSEAS STUDENT HEALTH COVER (OSHC)
All international students studying in Australia are required to have OSHC for the entire duration of their student visa in Australia. Any accompanying family members must obtain OSHC too. You can choose from different health insurers providing affordable health insurance for international students.
You can compare and check which OSHC is best for you here: https://oshcaustralia.com.au/en
NIT has a partnership with AHM and Medibank and we can assist organising OSHC for you with these providers. If you wish NIT to arrange OSHC for you, please inform us on your application.
Student visa holders can work part-time for up to 40 hours per fortnight and full-time during the official study breaks. Students must not commence working before their course or studies have commenced. To get complete information on student visa work rights visit: www.homeaffairs.gov.au.
Australia has workplace and minimum wage laws to protect the rights of the workers including those on student visas. For more information, visit: www.fairwork.gov.au.
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
An orientation session will provide you 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 policies for international students including course progress and attendance requirements
- 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 and the relevant trainers.
Whether you have financial support from your parents or you provide for your 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 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 the following link: https://internationaleducation.gov.au/Regulatory-Information/Documents/esosstudentfactsheetv4%20-%20Final%20clean%20copy.pdf
PROVISION OF EDUCATION FOR DEPENDENTS OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
All school-aged dependents of 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.