As part of our Q&A series, Study Online Australia had the pleasure of speaking to Leroy who is studying at International House in Bondi, Sydney.
After successfully completing Certificate IV in Fitness in October 2020, he decided to pursue Certificate III. Study Online Australia helped him to apply for both student visas - which were granted instantly!
Read our interview with Leroy below for his top tips on studying in Australia.
What inspired you to study in Bondi, Sydney?
I have had a stable job here since my first visa (Working Holiday) at a company which provides great opportunities to grow.
What have you loved the most about studying in Australia so far?
Studying here can be hard, especially in terms of finances.
What I do love about Australia though is the easy lifestyle and the connection to other international students. It's a great display of so many different cultures and easily leads to new friendships.
How did Study Online Australia help you to find the right course?
I changed my mind quite often and was not too sure which direction to go in. Pavla helped me to narrow down the courses and advised me on what would be the next logical step after my first course in fitness.
We discussed how the next course should be something useful, internationally recognised and also likely to be approved - and it turned out spot on!
How did you find the student visa application process?
Easy! The only thing that is challenging when applying for a student visa is gathering all of the necessary funds.
Everything else was quite easy as Pavla took care of it all. She would send me an email or call me, asking for things that she needed. As soon as I sent it, I got the confirmation of updated details and everything was ready to go.
Both of my student visas that I applied for with Pavla got granted immediately.
What tips would you give to aspiring students wanting to move to Australia?
Save some money. That's the only advice that really counts.
Before studying here - have some money. While studying here - save more money!
As part of our Q&A series, Study Online Australia had the pleasure of speaking to Veronica Shin, Marketing Manager at Australian Harbour International College in Sydney.
We spoke to Veronica about her own experiences as an international student and how Study Online Australia can help you to follow your dreams.
Read our interview below for top tips on studying in Australia.
What inspired you to pursue a career in international study?
Working in international education is such a pleasure.
My first career after graduating from university was working in adult education with a focus on Business and Self-leadership Development. I believe that education and study is the key to a successful career. I want to help students to achieve this!
What do you love the most about your job?
It's definitely meeting people from all over the world. I have met people from 70 different nationalities so far. Learning their culture, customs and experiences makes me so energetic and excited!
I'm happy to see them progressing in their studies and achieving their goals in life.
What advice would you give to aspiring students who dream of studying in Australia?
Firstly, follow your dreams and do not give up. Chances come to the dreamer!
Secondly, network. It's really important nowadays to build your network whilst you study in Australia. How to build your network? Love yourself! If you respect and love yourself, valuable people will come and follow you.
Take responsibility of your life. Follow the principal dream and expand your skills.
Lastly, do your best once you start something whether that's studying or working.
I started my life in Australia on a working holiday visa. I then got my student visa, employer’s sponsorship visa and finally PR. I always dreamt of staying in this wonderland (Australia). There are such brilliant opportunities out here for migrants - not to mention it has beautiful weather!
I made plans, studied hard and did my best to make my dreams come true...
How can Study Online Australia help international students to find the right course and college for them?
Pavla and the Study Online Australia (SOA) team are experts in helping to find the right course and colleges for international students. Pavla is a qualified education agent (qualification: #QEAC H224), as well as an authorised agent at Australian Harbour International College.
As long as you express your current and future goals, Study Online Australia will give you the greatest pathway to success. They handle hundreds of nationality students therefore can advise on which documents need to be prepared in order to meet the school’s specific entry requirements.
What are your favourite memories from being a student?
I have so many memories from studying in Australia. Partying is definitely one of them. As I mentioned previously, you will meet so many people from such diverse cultures out here.
As a consequence, you will have so much fun with classmates from Africa, Asia and South America! College excursions were also a real highlight.