Students are encouraged to read the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Framework in order to develop a greater understanding of how MGIT operates to service its international students. A copy of this can be found right here.
The requirements for a Student Visa application are as follows:
International Students are required to have an IELTS score of 5.5 or equivalent. For more information about language requirements visit:
In some cases, family members can accompany students to Australia during their study. Please refer to the Department of Home Affairs for more information:
You can apply for eligible family members to come to Australia as dependants in one of two ways:
Students will need to complete the following relevant forms depending on their circumstances
For more information on the student visa requirements for family members, please visit:
In Australia people either buy or rent their own house or unit. In order to rent a home in Australia you will need to be prepared to sign a contract/lease agreement with a landlord. A landlord will often use a real estate company or agent to manage the property for them.
Leasing a property is often for a period of 6-12 months, although time can vary or change based on the agreement between you and the owner.
If you are about to sign a contract/lease agreement for a unit or a home, it is advised that you read through each of the terms and conditions carefully and are sure you understand each and every one of the points in the agreement.
It’s important to ensure that you are aware of all the payments you will need to make, including when you will need to make them, how often (weekly, fortnightly, monthly) and how you will make a payment. Additionally, it’s a good idea while you are in Australia to always keep a record of all of your payments (rent receipt or bank statement).
At the start of your tenancy, the landlord or agent should provide you with a Fair Trading Fact Sheet known as the “New Tenant Checklist”. You should ensure that you are able to answer “Yes” to every item in the checklist before you agree to sign.
A copy of the “New Tenant Checklist” can be found right here.
More information about renting a property in Australia can be found on the Fair Trading website right here. Please take some time to read through this important information as it will help you throughout your stay. It is highly recommended that you read all of it so that you are well informed before you arrive.
Preparing yourself financially is a very important part of your visit to Australia. We advise you to create a budget and plan your expenses while you are here in Australia so that you don’t find yourself in any financial trouble during your stay.
The department of home affairs (DHA) has requirements that you must meet in order to receive a student visa. From 1 February 2018, the 12 month living cost is:
For more information about living costs please check here.
These costs are in Australian dollars, you can use this website (http://www.xe.com/) to convert the value to your currency.
Please keep in mind that these costs are the minimum recommended requirements and it is a good idea to prepare for any additional costs you many occur when planning your finances.
Australia’s most popular rental property website is http://www.realestate.com.au. To find properties that are currently available and to browse through their prices you need to visit http://www.realestate.com.au/rent. Please be sure to research your choices well.
For more options, you can also find rental properties that are currently available through https://www.domain.com.au
Always inspect the property and check the details are correct. Never pay money in advance without inspecting the property, especially if you are overseas. Please be aware of rental scams and always do your research. Some important information can be found here.
The following expenses are averages of what you could expect to spend during your stay and may change based on your actual consumption each week.
Working while you study in Australia can help to keep you secure financially and improve your living experience. Most student visa’s will allow for working up to 40 hours every 2 weeks while your course is being taught
Before you undertake any paid work, please make sure that your visa allows you to work. You can find information about your right to work here (http://www.border.gov.au/)
Australia has a variety of industries which offer part-time employment, some of these include industries such as retail, hospitality, tourism, agriculture, sales/telemarketing, administration, clerical roles and tutoring.
If you have professional work experience, you may be able to find casual work in your field as well as internships, to gain more experience.
As an international student in Australia, you are required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the entire duration of your study. OSHC includes visits to see a doctor, some hospital treatment, ambulance cover and limited pharmaceutical (medicines).
Different OSHC insurers provide different services and deals which range from a basic cover to more premium cover options. It’s advised that you go through the company’s offers and research which is best for you so that you can make the best informed decision.
If you would like to find out more information about OSHC, you can read more on the Department Of Health website right here.
If you would like more cover on top of the basic OSHC requirements, students are advised to look into private health insurance, travel insurance, home and contents insurance or vehicle insurance depending on your needs during your stay.
If you need to withdraw or exchange your money for Australian dollars, the following options are available for you at the Sydney International Airport.
Australia has four major banks, all with branches spread across the country. Australia’s four largest banks include the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) and National Australia Bank (NAB).
If you arrive at the Sydney International Airport and your luggage is lost, you have two options available:
Additionally, if you happen to lose anything while at the airport, you can also call Sydney Airport lost property who will kindly help and advise you on what you can do for anything that has been lost at the airport.
Australia’s largest supermarkets are Woolworths, Coles, Aldi and IGA. All of which are open 7 days a week. Many of these supermarkets can be found at shopping centres in amongst a variety of retail stores.
MGIT is located inside Westfield Parramatta which is one of the largest shopping centres in Sydney. Multiple supermarkets are available inside Westfield Parramatta for you to shop at, these include:
Inside the shopping centre there are a variety of butchers, bakeries, fruit shops and fast food outlets that you can choose from.
If in need of medical supplies or first aid equipment, you can purchase these at a chemist. However, for serious medical treatment it is advised that you visit a doctor first as you will need a prescription for some medication.
You can find a chemist inside Westfield Parramatta but they are located all throughout Sydney.
For a detailed look at all the stores and services available to you at Westfield Parramatta visit:
In Australia if you need some medical services, you will need to contact a doctor. A doctor in Australia is known as a GP (General Practitioner) and can be found at a medical centre, of which there are many throughout the country which can be found by searching for “medical centre” in google maps.
In Westfield Parramatta there is a medical centre inside the shopping centre called Argyle Street Medical Centre, for more details on this medical centre you can find it on their website here. (http://www.ipn.com.au/gp/nsw-parramatta-argyle-street-medical-centre/)
Australia has two payment options for mobile phones with the most popular providers in the country being Telstra, Vodafone and Optus who offer both prepaid and post-paid plans.
Please be sure to read the terms and conditions of your phone plan from your phone company before signing up for any mobile phone plan so that you are aware of the costs. It is best to research a variety of companies and offers to make the best and most informed decision that suits your needs while in Australia.
More information about mobile phone plans can be found on the Australian Communications and Media Authority Checklist “Going Mobile – Which is the right plan for you?”
You will need to have either a voltage converter, which is a device that transforms the voltage from the power outlet into one your electrical product can use. You will also need a power adapter which is a device that allows you to plug your electrical products into an Australian power outlet.
Voltage in Australia is 230V 50Hz. Travellers from most nations in Asia, Africa and Europe should have electrical products that work on the same mains voltage as Australia so you won’t need a voltage converter. Notable exceptions to this are Japan, USA and Canada which use 100/120V 50/60Hz.
If you have the same power voltage in your country as Australia, then you won’t need a voltage converter and will only need to get a power adapter. Australian power outlets are shaped in a V formation.
You can now find all the information you need as a new arrival to Australia at http://www.mystudentguide.net/ . You can also download the app to find out more about the city with regards to work, living and studying opportunities in the city.