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Why Study Marine Biology in Australia?

With the Great Barrier Reef on your doorstep and hundreds of opportunities to conduct your own marine research, Australia is one of the most exciting places to study marine biology. 

Why study Marine Biology? 

Marine biology (or marine science) is the study of aquatic life – the animals, plants and microorganisms that are found in our oceans. 

We can tell a lot about our world from what happens underwater. As a marine biology student, you’ll explore the impact of climate change on marine life such as rising water temperatures and rising sea levels. You’ll also study the impact of human actions on our sea life, such as overfishing and plastic pollution. 

By doing your own research, you can come up with new ways for us to protect our oceans and help to reverse the effects of climate change. This is a course for those who want to change the world. 

Why study Marine Biology in Australia?

On-campus courses

Australia has the benefit of being surrounded entirely by sea, and so there will be plenty of opportunities for hands-on learning. You’ll join a large community of students and academics from around the world that are conducting world-leading research. In Australia, you won’t be restricted to learning in a classroom. You can explore your course hands-on through regular diving trips and research cruises. 

Great Barrier Reef

Australia is home to the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest living thing! It’s 2,300km long and is made up of thousands of reefs and hundreds of islands. Home to more than 1,500 species of fish, 215 species of birds and 6 species of turtles, it’s the perfect place to live and learn about marine life. The closest state to the Great Barrier Reef is Queensland, so look into studying here if you’re particularly interested in diving. 

Save the turtles

Australia is home to many Turtle rescue centres. Here, turtles that are sick and hurt are taken care of until they are fit enough to return to the sea. This is an excellent opportunity to find volunteer work alongside your studies and get experience working with marine animals. 

Australia is the epicentre of Marine Biology

Australia boasts some of the world’s best marine biology courses. It’s also home to some of the biggest employment opportunities in the world. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022, the best universities in Australia for geology, environmental, earth and marine sciences are:

  1. Australian National University
  2. University of Melbourne
  3. UNSW Sydney
  4. The University of Queensland
  5. Monash University
  6. University of Sydney
  7. University of Western Australia
  8. University of Adelaide
  9. University of Wollongong
  10. Curtin University

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Why Study Politics in the UK?

The UK has one of the longest and richest political histories on the planet, and so it is easy to see why there has always been a strong amount of students studying Politics degrees there. With Brexit and its many complexities, British Politics remains in the public eye.

Politics is drastically rising in popularity and awareness amongst young people. This is largely due to social media and the ability to share information. Young people are becoming more informed about social injustice, and so turn to politics to help change the world they live in. Voter turnout is higher than it has even been before within the younger demographics, with the UK leading the way.

What are the best UK Universities to study Politics?

This is the list of the top ten Universities for Politics, according to the Guardian University Guide 2021.

  1. University of St Andrews, Scotland
  2. University of Oxford, England
  3. University of Cambridge, England
  4. London School of Economics, England
  5. King’s College London, England
  6. University of Warwick, England
  7. University of Bath, England
  8. Durham University, England
  9. Canterbury Christ Church University, England
  10. Aberystwyth University, Wales

What qualifications do I need to study Politics in the UK?

  • Typical International Baccalaureate requirements: 34 points
  • Typical A-Level requirements: ABB
  • Typical IELTS requirements: 6.5 overall

We had an interview with Aaron Duncan, a recent Politics and International Student, about why you should study Politics in the UK.

Tell us a little about yourself

“My name is Aaron Duncan, and I have just graduated my Politics and International Relations joint honours at the University of Sussex. I have recently undertaken full-time employment as a Senior Operations Resourcer at a tech company in London, in addition to working with a UK political party.”

Aaron Duncan, Politics and International Relations graduate, University of Sussex

Why did you choose to study Politics?

“I picked Politics as I want to leave my mark on the world. Politics shapes everything from health and science, to business and trade, to civil rights, and power relations. I wanted to gain perspectives from others, as well as enrich my own understanding of how and why the world works as it does. As a young adult, the decisions made by the government of today will affect my life tomorrow. There is nothing I find more exciting than to play my part in the momentous changes to come; both domestically as well as internationally.”

Why would you recommend studying Politics in the UK?

“British politics is the most interesting to study regardless of your background, age, or gender. Studying politics in the UK offers incentives that are simply not available in other countries. It’s rich political history provided by controversial leaders (such as Thatcher, Churchill, Blair, and even May) not only gives one the chance to appreciate the changes the UK has endowed onto the world but how it has also provided global political and social norms in doing so. The UK sets the precedent in terms of how the world now views socio-democratic values. For example, Brexit was a decision never seen in political history. This offers those studying Politics in the UK, such as myself, perhaps the most unique opportunity to analyse, debate, and forecast such an event first-hand.”

What experience do you have with Political work experience in the UK?

“The majority of my political work experience comes from working with UK political parties and local councils. Experience within UK Politics is as accessible as you make it. However, planning your career paths within this area is possibly the most important aspect. In other words, think of your end goal and work backwards- and start volunteering! That’s the key to getting your foot in the door of the field.”

Careers in Politics range from the local, national, and international government. As well as a wide range of other professions as well as teaching, media, advising, finance, and banking.

If you’re interested in studying politics in the UK and would like to know more, visit Study International UK for a free consultation.

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Top Cities in Europe for International Students to Visit

One of the greatest things about studying in Europe, especially in continental Europe, is that it is so easy to travel between countries. Yet, it can be hard to know where to start, and where is particularly good for students. Well, worry not as this list will give you all the information you need.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam is the beautiful capital city of the Netherlands. It is absolutely covered by canals, and so you can get some fantastic (and cheap) canal tours! Have fun exploring the red light district, grab yourself a freshly made stroopwaffle, or hire a bike and cycle around Vondelpark. It is the perfect weekend getaway for students.

London, England

Though it isn’t continental, no trip to Europe would be complete without visiting London. Afternoon tea on the Shard, a wander around Borough market, and selfie in front of Buckingham Palace cannot go amiss. Discover the beautiful parks hidden in the city, and try to navigate the complex Underground!

Paris, France

Paris is not as expensive as you may think! it is not all about the Eiffel Tower; why not pop in to see the Mona Lisa at the Lourve, or hear the bells at Norte Dame, or snack on delicious macarons in a cafe overlooking the river Seine. I recommend booking your tickets to the attractions ahead of time as it can get very busy!

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is becoming one of the most popular destinations for students, and it is easy to see why. It is a party city, very popular with stag parties (and not to mention it has some of the best and cheapest beer in Europe!) For those who are more into the cultural side of Europe, Prague has an excellent selection of art galleries and museums- not to mention some gorgeous bridges!

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is a fantastic country to visit for you history buffs out there. It has some truly provoking WWII exhibits, famous music halls, and beautiful gothic architecture. And if you get tired of walking around museums all day, why not relax in the evening in the famous Szechenyi thermal baths?

Berlin, Germany

Berlin is the epicentre of innovative modern art, and world-famous beer- what more could a student want? With thought-provoking WWII displays, museums detailing Germany’s rich history, and fantastic food Berlin is certainly a student favourite.

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona is probably the only destination on the list to visit if you want guaranteed good weather. It has amazing cathedrals and museums, and a beautiful beach to sunbathe when you feel like doing nothing. Barcelona is famous for being a party city, so don’t expect a quiet night!

Multiculturalism at University – Why It Matters

One of the benefits of studying at a university or college is learning in a classroom with students from all over the world. This can bring challenges but also many benefits to you, both personally and professionally. Let’s take a deeper look at multiculturalism at university and why it’s so important.

Language

Studying at university, whether in your home country or abroad, is a fantastic opportunity to make friends that speak different languages. With a multicultural friendship group, you’ll be exposed to lots of different words and phrases which will enhance your language learning skills. At university, you may need to find a ‘common’ language such as English to communicate in for university work and group presentations. This will present you with the opportunity to learn a new language – surrounded by your friends who can help you to practice your pronunciation. 

Travel

With friends from different parts of the world, you might also be invited to stay with them in their home countries. You can visit their family, learn about a different culture and explore a new part of the world. This will help you to broaden your horizons, become independent and learn about the world by getting out there and seeing it.

Empathy

Meeting people from different countries will help to break down any subconscious stereotypes you might hold about people from that country. And there’s no better way to break those stereotypes than to speak to people face-to-face. Learning to understand other people and have empathy is a very important life skill. But with tolerance, kindness and compassion, it’s our young educated generations that are breaking down barriers of hate and discrimination.

Culture

Be it food, music, TV, fashion, or cultural traditions, there’s so much to learn from mixing with people from different cultures. Being open-minded to experiencing different cultures will benefit you as a person and help you to learn and grow. By stepping out of your comfort zone, you can experience a multicultural lifestyle and become very knowledgeable about different parts of the world.

Education

Surrounding yourself with a diversity of languages, cultures, ideas and perspectives can help you to grow as an academic and become a truly international thinker. As a student, it’s important to consider a variety of opinions and learn how to think critically about what you’re learning. Being able to communicate and connect with people from different countries isn’t easy but it’s a very important skill that will become useful later in life – when working on your career.

 

Your Mental Health at University – How To Get Support

May is Mental Health Awareness month, so we wanted to take the opportunity to talk about mental health at university. According to UCAS, there has been a 450% increase in student mental health declarations over the last decade. With more awareness and acceptance of mental health conditions now than ten years ago, this isn’t surprising. But it does show that students at university are particularly vulnerable to having poor mental health.

Joanna Dale, a Student Advisor at the University of Sussex, tells us about the University’s approach to Mental Health.

“I’m an advisor in the Student Life Centre, which is part of a wider Student Experience Team at Sussex University. The Student Life Centre supports students during challenging or difficult times which often affect their mental wellbeing. We want students to feel they can open up about their mental health and talk honestly about what they are going through.

“Sometimes students come to the Student Life Centre and have never spoken to anyone about their mental health before. That is a very important moment for them and we take what they tell us very seriously and listen carefully. We talk with students about how they experience their mental health issues and what might help them. This can include other University services such as the counselling service, the specialist disability unit or the campus & residential team. We also signpost to a range of external resources in the local area and support students to engage with those services.”

“We encourage students to develop their autonomy and find ways to boost their wellbeing and build emotional resilience. Fostering a culture of openness and acceptance around mental health is a core value in our work. We all need support at times and no one should feel they have to manage on their own. We want students to feel part of a community where we all care about each other”.

If you’re worried about your mental health at university, we hope Joanna’s words will inspire you to talk to someone about it. University can be a very stressful time for young people that are studying at a high level and living away from home for the first time. It’s very normal to feel down or put out by the university experience. All universities will run specialist services for mental health, counselling and learning support, so it’s important to use these services if you feel like you’re struggling. Confide in your friends and others, and don’t ‘deal with it’ alone. You’re never alone.

Why not read our article about Mental Health Awareness Month.

How To Meet People Who Speak Your Language While Studying Abroad

Going to University is a daunting enough task as is. However, when you are on the other side of the world from everyone you know and love, everything seems a million times harder. Of course, it is important to attempt to learn the language of the country you have moved to for ease. Yet, soon enough the homesickness kicks in, and you want to be able to speak your own language. Here are just a few tips on finding someone in your new country that speaks your language:

Join a Language Class

“I don’t understand,” I hear you cry, “I thought this list was to help find people who speak my language. Why would I learn another one?”

Well, think about it. If you are studying in Italy and attend an ‘Italian for Beginners’ class, chances are there won’t be any Italians there. There is a chance, however, that there will be some people who speak the same language as you!

University Events

Your University will usually hold events for people of the same language to meet. I would definitely attend these events as it seems like the easiest way to meet people who speak your language. If your University does not seem to hold such events, contact them and ask why.

Join a Society

Whether it is a specific language (ie. Spanish Society) or a general International Students society, you are bound to meet someone. If your University does not have a society- make one! Contact them about how to do this.

Plus, if you set up the society yourself, you have more control over it (and it looks good on your CV/resume)

Teach your Language

If you are struggling to find people who speak your language, then hold a club or a class and teach other people! Not only will it help to ease any homesickness you may be feeling, but your students may be grateful for the opportunity to learn a new language.

This is a great opportunity to also teach them about your country’s culture and traditions, and perhaps get them to partake in them!

Say Yes

Seize every opportunity. Those people from your seminar who invited you out for drinks may know someone who knows someone who knows someone who speaks your language. Be a social butterfly, ask around, and get yourself out there.

All this being said, there is a possibility that you will not meet someone who speaks your language. Especially if your language is not widely spoken outside of your home country. Accept this, and work out what your next step will be.

Will you make a strong effort and learn a new language? Will you learn to enjoy your own company? It really is not the end of the world, and you will slowly pick up the language without really trying. Focus on your studies, have fun, maybe get a job, and make the most out of your time studying in this new and exciting place!

Enjoyed this article? Check out our recommendations for inspiring talks to watch if you’re studying languages.

How to Save the World on a Student Budget

As students (and the future generations) we must demand that our governments and politicians listen to our demands about the climate crisis. Getting our voices heard through public protests, strikes, petitions and social media campaigns is very important in educating people and spreading the word about climate change. And we’re doing a good job, so let’s keep it up.

But not all change needs to be a world effort and there are lots of things that we can do at home to make a difference. With small changes to our daily lives, we can lower our carbon footprint, reduce the amount of greenhouses gases we produce and take the pressure off our environment. Here are our top ways to save the world on a student budget.

Recycle, recycle, recycle

This one is obvious but important. Be it glass bottles, cans, paper, cardboard or plastic, there’s so much that we can recycle now. Make sure to separate your recycling into different materials and clean all glass and plastic properly to avoid spoiling the whole batch. If we all keep up with recycling and don’t get lazy, it can make a huge difference.

Don’t buy bags

Remember to take your carrier bag with you when you go to the shop or supermarket. This will not only save you money but also significantly reduce the amount of single-use carrier bags that you buy, cutting down on plastic pollution. Did you know that plastic doesn’t actually decompose? Instead, it breaks down into smaller bits of plastic, called microplastics. These microplastics often end up in our environment and waterways and can be damaging to wildlife.

Say goodbye to single-use

Single-use items such as coffee cups, plastic straws, plastic cutlery and water bottles are designed to be used once and thrown away. But they can’t be recycled, so they often end up polluting our environment and contributing to the climate crisis. Did you know that 90% of plastic bottles are binned rather than recycled? Why not invest in a reusable metal water bottle instead. You’ll look good, and feel even better.

Switch to energy-efficient lightbulbs

Energy-efficient lightbulbs are better for the environment because they use less energy. This means that your energy bill will be cheaper, saving you money, and there will be less energy wasted. It’s a simple swap that’s a win-win for you and the environment!

Have a vegetarian day

The meat production process isn’t environmentally friendly. In fact, it produces lots of carbon emissions, methane (a greenhouse gas) and uses a lot of water. By eating less meat, we can all do something to benefit the environment and save some money in the process. Happy days!

Buy things second-hand

Fast fashion is a huge problem for the environment. Instead of throwing clothes away as soon as they go out of fashion, give them to a charity shop. Buying second hand gives things a brand new lease of life, that might otherwise end up in a landfill.

Being environmentally friendly doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. We only have one world, and it is our duty (and privilege) to look after it. Share this post and perhaps it can help persuade more people to do their part.

If you would like to read more about the long-term choices you can make to saving the planet, click here.

Top Motivational Movies for Students

Ready to procrastinate? Here are 6 movies to inspire students at university

Need some inspiration? Look no further. Our list of top motivational movies for students will keep you going while at university.

We all know studying is a lot of work, and it can be difficult to stay motivated. Whether you’re new to university life or smashing it in your third year the same rule applies: don’t spend all of your time studying. Taking a day for yourself is just as important for your mental health, and let’s face it, we all deserve a little ‘me time’ every once in a while – and a good film makes everything better.

We’ve ranked our top 6 inspirational movies to keep you going while at university. So put your comfy clothes on, grab your favourite snacks and enjoy! If you haven’t read part 1, you can find it here.

Eat. Pray. Love. (2010)

Feel-good. Adventure. Romance. Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) realises that her life isn’t making her happy. With a high-powered job, she struggles to find love and feels stuck in the same routines. Fed up of feeling lost, she sets off on a personal quest to give her life more meaning and goes wherever it takes her. Italy. India. Bali. The ultimate goal is to ‘find herself’ and find happiness. This is the perfect comfort-film for any international student feeling lonely or lost. Uplifting and inspiring, we can all learn something from this film – from following your heart to trusting the kindness of strangers, learning to love yourself or finding joy in spending time alone. Watch the trailer:

The Imitation Game (2014)

History. Biography. Thriller. This is the real story of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his team of cryptographers as they try to decipher the Enigma Machine, used by the Nazi’s to send encrypted messages during World War II. This is a remarkable and gripping story of man vs. machine in a real race against time. Working for the British Government, Turing proves that anything is possible and he is an inspiration to us all. If you’re looking to get truly lost in a film that will make you laugh (and cry) then this is it. We especially recommend this movie for maths, computing, history and politics students. Watch the trailer:

MILK (2008)

Comedy. Drama. LGBTQ+ This double Oscar-winning film tells the true story of Harvey Milk (Sean Penn), and his journey to becoming California’s first openly-gay elected official in the 1970s. Using a mixture of real archival footage and newly-filmed re-enactments, this is an important and inspiring story about the fight for equality. It will motivate you to stand up and fight for what you believe in and offers a unique insight into an under-reported part of American history. This film is a must-see. Watch the trailer:

The Greatest Showman (2017)

Feel-good. Biography. Musical. If you’re feeling down, The Greatest Showman is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. This feel-good film follows the life of Phineas Taylor Barnum (Hugh Jackman) as he tries to go from rags-to-riches and make it in the world of show business. With a wild imagination, he creates a spectacular travelling circus show that’s wonderfully unapologetic and unafraid to be different. A great story of family and friendship with singing, dancing and an incredibly-catchy soundtrack – what more could you want? Watch the trailer:

The King’s Speech (2010)

Biography. Drama. History. If you don’t already know the story of King George VI, then you’re in for a treat. This historical film is based on the true story of King George VI (Colin Firth) as he struggles to overcome his stammer with the help of a speech therapist. Set in the late 1930s and with War approaching, King George VI must find the courage to address the nation. This film is heartwarming, funny and sends a strong message about accepting who you are and facing your fears. Watch the trailer:

Hidden Figures (2016)

Biography. Drama. History. This remarkable film tells the previously untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe). These three brilliant black women worked for NASA in the early years of the Space Race and became some of the most important figures in America’s fight to send people into space. This film is an inspiration and plays an important role in recognising the role of remarkable black women in history. Watch the trailer:

Enjoyed our list of top motivational movies for students? Why not check out our list of inspiring speeches that will motivate you to study.

 

Arriving in Australia for International Students

Once you have applied to study in Australia and your visa is approved, there is one vital thing left to do: get there!

Australia has a total of 43 universities located across the country, with most of the popular student cities located along the east and south-east coast of Australia – Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide – with the exception of Perth, which is located on the south-west coast of Australia. Here is our brief guide to arriving in Australia at the top five major international cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth & Adelaide, as well as information about public transport in the cities and our top travel safety tips.

There are a large number of airports in Australia, both international and domestic. Your new university will be able to advise you which is the best airport to fly to when you are arriving in Australia. There should be information on their website or ask their admissions department, who will be happy to help you with your query. A number of universities will offer a free airport pick-up service for international students, which can be very helpful when coming off a long flight into a new country that you may not have visited before. Again be sure to check this before you arrive, otherwise, you may be waiting for a long time!

Arriving in Sydney

Arriving at Sydney Airport

Also known as Kingsford-Smith, Sydney Airport is one of the world’s oldest airports and is Australia’s busiest, with traffic incoming and outgoing to most major destinations in the rest of the world.

Getting to your accommodation

There are many bus services from Sydney Airport, which may require advance booking. There are also some shuttle bus services to the city and suburbs. These start at around $16 for a single and $30 for a return from AirBus Sydney.

There are rail stations at both the international and domestic terminals, with frequent trains to the centre of the city. You will be able to change at Sydney’s main railway station, Central, to get to most other train lines. Use this travel planner to find out how to get to your accommodation via public transport.

Taxis are available from the airport and are subject to a $4.10 airport toll. They can be pre-booked or taken from the rank. An approximate fare from the airport to the city is $45-55, depending on traffic, whilst destinations further out will cost around $65-165. To find out more, visit www.sydneyairport.com.au

Public Transport in Sydney

Sydney is serviced by buses, trains, ferries and trams. Inner-city locations have the best transport links, and you will benefit from living within walking distance of your classes, as timetables can sometimes be unreliable (it is worth checking train lines on the weekends in case of maintenance).

International students are usually not eligible for student concessions on public transport in Sydney but check with your institution to find out whether you’re eligible. The website for planning bus, train, tram (known as the Light Rail) and ferry travel is 131500, which also gives information about fares, service disruptions and delays.

Arriving in Melbourne

Arriving at Melbourne Airport

Melbourne Airport is located approximately 25 kilometres northwest of Melbourne city centre, and also known as Tullamarine Airport (note that Melbourne’s second airport, Avalon, is much further away from the city). There are a large number of destinations available to/from the airport, including airports in Asia, the USA, New Zealand, Canada and the Middle East.

Getting to your accommodation

There is a 24-hour, 7-day bus service from the airport to the city centre every ten minutes, called the SkyBus. A one-way adult ticket costs around $19 if pre-booked, or slightly more if purchased at the airport (on-the-day purchases come with a Metcard, which allows you to travel on public transport once in the city). Online tickets can be shown on a mobile phone or printed off – whichever is preferred.

There are also a number of other bus services to various areas of Melbourne. Information about these can be found at the airport desks or on the Melbourne Airport website. Taxis are available from the airport and are subject to a $2.70 parking charge. A one-way fare from the airport to the CBD should be around $55 to $65, depending on traffic. Taxis can be taken from the rank or pre-booked. Note that it is illegal for a taxi driver to approach you and offer a ride.

If you travel between 10 pm and 5 am you may be asked to pre-pay the estimated fare as a deposit. At the end of your trip, the meter will show the actual fare. You will then either need to pay the driver more or will receive change for your trip. Cash, credit/debit or EFTPOS methods of payment are accepted. To find out more, visit www.melbourneairport.com.au.

Public transport in Melbourne

Melbourne has a good public transport system, with the city serviced by trams, trains and buses. The centre of the city is set out in an easy-to-navigate grid structure, making it easy to walk around. Visit www.ptv.vic.gov.au to plan your journey.

Overseas full-fee paying students are not eligible for a student concession on public transport, but exchange students and students with an Australian Development Scholarship are eligible with a letter from their institution. When crossing the street, listen out for the sound of the tram bell – it’s a signal to watch out for the approach of a tram!

Arriving in Brisbane

Arriving at Brisbane Airport

Brisbane Airport is located approximately 15 kilometres from the city centre. Flights are available to/from a large number of destinations including airports in Europe, Asia, Canada and the USA.

Getting to your accommodation

Coachtrans Australia is Brisbane Airport’s only licensed bus operator and offers frequent services to a large number of destinations in and around Brisbane, with a one-way ticket costing around $15.

There is also a regular Airtrain service to Brisbane city (which takes approximately 22 minutes) and the Gold Coast, with fares from $21.95 (inclusive of a 15% discount for booking online). Taxi ranks are located at the airport and can offer services to a number of destinations in and around Brisbane city. This will cost between $45 and $60 and should take around 20 minutes. To find out more, visit the Brisbane Airport website.

Public transport in Brisbane

Brisbane is serviced by bus, train and ferry. You can purchase a go card, which can be used on all forms of public transport, and is 30% cheaper than a single-use ticket. International students are able to get student concession rates in Brisbane, but exchange students are not. You can plan journeys and get fare information at www.translink.com.au.

Arriving in Perth

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Arriving at Perth Airport

Perth Airport’s international terminal is located approximately 35 minutes from Perth city. Flights are available to/from destinations in Africa, Asia, New Zealand and the Middle East.

Getting to your accommodation

There are shuttle bus services operating between the airport and the city centre and Fremantle. Tickets can be pre-booked or bought at the terminal. The cost of a one-way ticket will cost $15 to get to Perth. There are taxi ranks available at the airport. An average fare to Perth CBD will be around $43. To find out more, visit www.perthairport.com.au.

Public transport in Perth

International students receive a West Australian government-sponsored 40% discount on all public transport. Perth is serviced by train, bus and ferry links. The website for planning public transport is www.transperth.wa.gov.au. Click here for information about travelling to and from each institution in Perth, and getting your Tertiary SmartRider travelcard.

Arriving in Adelaide

Arriving at Adelaide Airport

Adelaide Airport is approximately 7 kilometres from the Adelaide CBD. Flights are available to/from a large number of airports in many areas of the world including Asia, Europe, India, the Middle East, New Zealand and the USA.

Getting to your accommodation

A public bus service, JetBus, offers services from the airport to the city, Glenelg and the northeastern suburbs. Tickets must be purchased from the driver.

There is a shuttle service, the Skylink, which runs regular bus services between Adelaide Airport, Keswick Interstate Railway Terminal and the Adelaide CBD. Adelaide Airport Flyer minibus services to Adelaide and surrounding areas are also available but must be pre-booked

A taxi rank is available at the airport, where concierges will help passengers hire a taxi. There is an additional $2 fee per taxi when leaving from the airport. To find out more, visit www.adelaideairport.com.au.

Public transport in Adelaide

Adelaide is serviced by trains, buses and trams which will take you all over the city. There are a number of free services which are very useful for getting around the city centre.

Visit the Passenger Transport Information Centre or www.adelaidemetro.com.au to find out about timetables, routes and fares. Study Adelaide also has lots of useful information for international students.

Safety tips

  • Take note of the taxi license plate and driver numbers, and the date and time of your journey if you are travelling by taxi, especially by yourself.
  • Plan your journey or memorise the timetable so that you are not waiting for too long at bus stops or train stations.
  • If travelling at night on public transport, be careful to stay in well-lit areas and travel near members of staff, or consider taking a taxi.

Useful travel links

Australian Customs and Border Protection Service
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)