The Ultimate Guide to Culture and Living in Australia


It would always be like a dream-come-true experience for a student getting an opportunity to study in a place filled with natural landscapes and beauty that captures the mind and the heart. And Australia is one such place! Australians are generally kind-hearted people and often focus on direct, short and crisp conversations. Finding new Australian friends would help you cross all such communication barriers in no time.

How many Indian Students are studying in Australia?

The number of Indian students opting for education in Australia has been on the rise, ever since the US and the UK have been making their immigration policies more stringent. As per the Economic Times report, as of November 2017, more than 68,000 Indian students were studying in Australian institutions, up 14.65% over the same period in 2016 (January-November). In January-December 2016, Australia had 60,013 Indian students, a growth of 12% over the previous year, according to the high commission.

What is the PR in Australia? 

The Australian Permanent Resident (PR) is granted on the basis of a Points test, which takes into account your profile details and education and other skills and awards points for each category accordingly. As per the report of The Guardian, the Australian Government has granted 1, 38,086 permanent visas up to April 2018. The first six months of the 2017-18 financial year show a 15% drop in the number of permanent visas granted, from 92,477 to 78,190. The number of employer-sponsored visas fell from 22,843 to 16,047, driven largely by changes to the 457 visa regime.

How many Indian Students prefer to study in Australia?

According to the Australian Embassy in New Delhi, Australia is the second most preferred destination for Indian students after the US. From the data available in 2018, there are more than 62000 Indian students in Australia under a student visa. “The approach that the Australian Government has towards education is similar to what Switzerland has to tourism”, said Narayanan Ramaswamy, partner, and head, education and skill development, KPMG in India, as quoted by the Economic Times.

How is life in Australia?

Just like any foreign country that is pretty well developed, Australia too has brilliant lifestyle activities filled with fun and entertainment. Any young Indian student would love the environment and events being held in the cities. There are various Indian student communities in Australia who come together and organize and take part in various events. Also, one can take a look at the following websites to connect with fellow people and also participate in events there.

How to live a great student life in Australia?

It is always better to be well informed about the culture, lifestyle and values of a society that we are planning to live in. Nevertheless, it is important for an Indian student to know about the Australian life before he begins his education there.

Australia is a country which accepts multi-cultural diversity and various backgrounds from other nations. Although there were a few incidents of robbery and assault against non-Australians, no such incidents are reported presently, especially with the Australian Government taking all the necessary and important measures.

Geographically, Australia lies in the Southern hemisphere and this means that Australian summer starts in December and winter in June. One-third of Australia is in the tropic zone with an average temperature of 20°C.

About people and behavior

The country is considered to be one of the most competitive nations in the world and the people of Australia are friendly. They have a sarcastic tone of communication at times and are fun-loving, helpful and friendly people with a good sense of humor. They are also people who love sports including football, cricket, and rugby.

How to avoid racial discrimination in Australia?

To be alert and cautious, it is advisable to avoid certain crime-prone areas of the city, avoid traveling in late nights and always have a company of a few friends whenever you have to travel at night.

The student must read more on the Australian culture and people from online articles, books, friends, and acquaintances who have prior experience of living in the country.

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Rachit believes in the power of education and has studied from the top institutes of IIIT Allahabad, IIM Calcutta, and Francois Rabelias in France. He has worked as Software Developer with Microsoft and Adobe. Post his MBA, he worked with the world’s # 1 consulting firm, The Boston Consulting Group across multiple geographies US, South-East Asia and Europe.

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