Tips For
International Students

Public Holidays

Australia has a number of public holidays. Some are shared with other countries while others are unique to Australia. It is important to note that public holidays may impact university classes, public transport, retail shops, and medical services (excluding hospitals). For a full list of Australian public holidays visit the official website.

Mobile phones and sim cards

Having a mobile phone is an easy way to keep in touch with family and friends at home. You can buy an Australian sim card that can be inserted directly into your existing phone, and many phone companies offer prepaid and short-term options. The primary phone providers in Australia are:

Banking in Australia

Your finances are important to consider when you are studying in Australia. There are a number of banks to choose from, and many offer student options and allow you to open your account before you arrive. The major banks in Australia are:

Your visa and health care

There are a number of visas available to international students studying in Australia, including options that allow working while studying. Choosing the visa that is right for you will depend on your specific study situation, and all visas have conditions that need to be met by the visa applicant. For full information on visas for international students studying in Australia visit and

Depending on your chosen university and course you may also be required to fulfill English language requirements. Contact your chosen university for information on the English language requirements of various courses.

To study in Australia you are also required to have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). OSHC covers any health care costs you may incur during your stay. Find out more.

Emergency assistance and representation

There are a number of places that can offer you help in an emergency, or if you are in need of representation during your time studying in Australia. Options for assistance include foreign embassies, consulates, and your chosen university. To find out more visit the following websites: