G’Day, or should I say 你好! If you’re reading this great 🙂 That must mean that you’re planning on (or perhaps you currently are) studying in Australia. The decision to study abroad as an international student is definitely a daunting one, and as a former international student myself, I can tell you that it was one of the best decisions that I ever made. Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to experience different cultures, learn new languages, and to meet some fantastic new people from all over the world.
The team here at Panda Down Under are committed to making your transition to being an Australian University student as smooth as possible and we will be posting articles and content that will give you a glimpse into Australian student life, explain our ‘Aussie’ culture, and help prepare you for your time living in this beautiful country.
Why Should I Study Abroad?
- To expand your horizons
Studying abroad is the ultimate way to push yourself out of your comfort zone. You remove yourself from everything you know; your home, your family, your culture, and your friends, and honestly, whilst it may be tricky at first, you do become a better, more well-rounded person as a result.
- Improve your employability
Prospective employers are looking for people who have the ability to adapt. What better proof is there of your adaptability than a degree from a foreign University? This proves that you were able to successfully function in an environment completely alien to that of your own, and are able to work collaboratively with people of other cultures.
There is a famous saying that ‘a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met yet’, and it is especially apt when discussing studying abroad. As in international student you will live with people from countries that you may have never even heard of, and international friendships are a great way to learn about new languages and cultures. When I was studying abroad in Italy, I lived with a girl from Gibraltar, a place that I was previously ignorant of, and after sharing cultures and many tortillas (a national dish) we are still great friends to this day.
- Master a foreign language
The best way to learn, and master, a foreign language is to immerse yourself in it. Text books and audio tapes can only teach you so much, and it is so much more fun practicing English with friends at the bar, than stressing over grammar tenses and idioms at your desk in the library. Even if you start small by asking locals for basic directions, or ordering your own food at a café, the more you persevere and practice the easier it gets. I promise. Studying abroad is definitely a fantastic way to drastically improve your foreign language skills. *provided that you chose to study in a country with a language different to that of your own*
Why Should I Choose Australia?
- We have great weather
Australia is a land of boundless sunny days, and one of our states (Tasmania) even boasts to have the cleanest air in the world. We have hot summers, mild winters, and not enough rain to fill our empty dams. Perth is Australia’s sunniest city, but the others don’t fall too far behind. If you’ve had enough of the smoggy, hazy, Chinese weather, and long for a fresh sea breeze and warm sun rays, then Australia is the place for you!
- Our animals are the cutest!
Kangaroos, koalas, wombats, wallabies, dolphins, emus, platypus, echidnas, and possums. Australia’s native animals are truly unique. Nowhere else in the world will you see creatures as weird and wonderful as those that we have in the land down under. Not only are our animals cute, but they are also delicious! Did you know that Australia is the only country in the world that eats the animals on its national coat of arms? Kangaroo steak and emu burgers taste great cooked on an ‘Aussie’ barbecue.
- Standard of Education
We are fortunate enough to have seven of the ‘Top 100’ Universities in the world. These are; University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, Australian National University, University of Queensland, University of NSW, Monash University, and the University of Western Australia. All of these institutions boast a high level of education, and warmly welcome international students from around the world.
- Did I mention our beaches?
The beaches you’ll discover in Australia will take your breath away. I truly believe that we have the most beautiful beaches in the world. White or golden sand, crystal clear warm water, and a bevy of colourful marine life make Australian beaches tough to beat. Follow this link for a list of some of the best beaches in Australia. If swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, or other water sports are your thing, then Australia is 100% the place for you!
- Relaxed lifestyle
Australia is famous for its laid-back lifestyle. If the hustle and bustle of busy Chinese cities is tiring you out, then Australia will be a welcome change. ‘No worries’ is a phrase you will hear often in Australia and the locals are usually a friendly and laid back bunch. Everything can be casual in Australia, and it is not uncommon to see students come to University barefoot, or in summer, with bathers underneath their clothes.
So now that I have successfully convinced you to study abroad (and to do that study abroad in Australia), stay tuned to Panda Down Under! We will be publishing content that will be of use to any Chinese University Students who are studying as an International student in Australia. Our team here at Panda Down Under comprises of three international students, so we like to think we know what we are talking about, and can’t wait to pass all of our expertise onto you. If you would like to contribute to our global network, or have suggestions on how we can improve, please shoot us a message on our Facebook page . We can’t wait to hear from you!