Monthly Archives: October 2011

Study in Australia: Student Stories

As you may know, this blog provides information for students who want to study in Australia. Whatever you want to know — from what to bring Down Under to how much living in Australia will cost and everything in between — we can tell you. However, although the Embassy of Australia Education Team is friendly, knowledgeable, and has first-hand experience studying in Australia (University of Queensland study abroad alum right here!), there’s nothing quite like hearing stories from students who are exploring Australia right now.

If you want to hear real live stories from real live students about what student life in Australia entails, look no further! We’ve got it all here:

1. Ask a Student Ambassador

Student Ambassador Program Embassy of Australia

2011-12 Student Ambassadors

Student ambassadors have recently returned from their studies Down Under and are here to answer your questions about what it’s like to study, live, and explore in Australia. Curious about a specific uni, program, or field of study? You can read their bios to see who’s best to answer all of your questions — and then email them and ask away!

2. Read Student Blogs

Our student bloggers share their semester in Australia with you as they’re living it — can’t get more authentic than that! Marissa gives prospective students insight on what it’s like being the only American in class: “It’s interesting to be the foreigner in class for a change. I’m often called on in class to talk about issues or practices in the States. Being on the other side of things and hearing different opinions makes me realize different beliefs and thoughts I have about the way we do things back home.” You can read the rest of the post as well as Marissa’s helpful tips on how to have a great semester at Aussie uni right here. Or check out Venita’s post about her class’s real-life application here… or Lilach’s post to learn what an HD is (Hungry Dingo? Or perhaps Mick’s little-known brother, Harold Dundee? Click here to find out).

And of course, catch up with the rest of the student bloggers here.

3. Watch Student Videos

What’s better than reading about study abroad in Australia? Why, watching videos of course! These student videos explore what it’s like to live and learn in Australia — and most importantly, how Australia provides them with a Future Unlimited. Click here for the full playlist.


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No Time? No Problem! Short Term Study Abroad in Australia

Studying abroad in Australia for a semester is a fantastic experience — you can learn new things, immerse yourself in the Aussie culture, explore your surroundings, and maybe even find direction and focus for your future.  Unfortunately, not all students can fit a semester Down Under into their academic careers. But don’t let a busy schedule crush your dreams of Aussie studies and daily Tim Tam consumption — you can still study in Australia for a short course!

There are a number of short-term programs available if you want to study abroad in Australia but can’t commit to a full semester. Short-term study abroad in Australia allows you to delve into hands-on subjects during summer or winter breaks, so you’re not missing a semester at your home university. There are tons of short-term study abroad programs available in Australia — check out a few below:

Australia Study Abroad Outback Class Field Trip

Students get a hands-on approach in this Australian program

Want to discover the Outback through photography? Click here to learn more about this La Trobe University program.

Curious about sustainability in Australia? Read more about this Australearn program here — and while you’re at it, look into their other short-term courses.

Ever thought about what it would be like to experience first-hand Australia’s rich Aboriginal heritage? Or maybe you’d rather explore Australia’s spectacular marine wildlife? In either case, Murdoch University offers short programs in both, which you can read about here (Aboriginal studies) and here (marine biology).

Perhaps you are more interested in work experience! Internships are available during the North American summer break so you can sharpen up your resume without missing a semester. Check out a list of internship providers on our website here.

When looking for a short-term study abroad program, you should also check out what your university has to offer. Professors sometimes take students on study tours during breaks for academic credit.

Hungry for more? Browse through the list of short-term study abroad programs in Australia on our website here.

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Congrats to ANU astronomer Brian P Schmidt

Congrats to ANU astronomer Brian P Schmidt on winning the Nobel Prize in Physics!

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Do you know your Aussie slang?

G’Day Mate! Everyone is familiar with this popular Australian phrase from the movie Crocodile Dundee. You’ve also probably heard ‘throw some shrimps on the barbie’, which should actually be ‘throw some prawns on the barbie’ but we’ll let that one go. If you are planning on heading Down Under, there are a few other phrases you might hear:

  • Fair dinkum – real, honest
  • Barracking – cheer (for a team)
  • Furphy/furfie – rumour, tall tale
  • Gander – have a look
  • Heaps – a lot, plenty
  • Lollies – sweets, candies
  • Off-sider – helper or assistant
  • Prezzy – present, gift
  • Roo – kangaroo
  • Sanger – sandwich
  • Sunnies – sunglasses
  • Thongs – flip flops, sandals
  • Take Away – takeout food
  • Veggo – vegetarian
  • Wobbly – excitable behaviour e.g. chucking a wobbly (having a fit)

Want to see these words in practice? Watch this video on Aussie slang.



So these phrases may help you during your first few days in Oz, but what about lingo you’ll need on campus? Do you know your course from your class? Your tutes from your supps? Your college from your halls? Read on for the essential education terms.

  • Academics – faculty members; academics may also be lecturers
  • College – student residence or an academic unit (e.g. The College of Art and Design); never refers to university; can also refer to vocational colleges that offer diplomas and certificates not degrees.
  • Course – a program of study e.g. Bachelor of Science course
  • Faculty – academic division within the university e.g. Faculty of Arts; does not refer to people
  • Halls of residence – student housing or dorms
  • Mark – grade
  • O Week – orientation week that occurs at the beginning of the semester; there may be a separate orientation for international students
  • School – K-12 education; school never refers to a university; can also refer to an academic division e.g. School of Medicine
  • Subject – similar to classes; also called units
  • Supps or supplementary exams – make-up exams
  • Tutes or tutorials – small discussion groups usually led by an academic or tutor
  • Vice-chancellor – president or principal of the university

Want to know more? Click here to download the Australian Pre-Departure Guide with more Aussie slang.


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