As part of our Q&A series, Study Online Australia had the pleasure of speaking to Danielle, who recently moved to Australia from the UK.
After her working holiday visa came to an end, Danielle decided to pursue further study and turned to our team for assistance. She is now happily studying marketing in the city.
We chatted to Danielle all about her experience of living in Sydney so far and asked for her top tips on studying down under.
Read our interview with Danielle below.
What inspired you to apply for a student visa?
I came out to Sydney for the first time on a working holiday visa and fell in love with it. Sunrise swims, coffee by the ocean, yoga at the local studio, weekend coastal walks... Need I go on?
Once my working holiday visa finished, I knew that I wanted to stay. I'd always dreamed of having the opportunity to study again in order to strengthen my career skills so I applied for a student visa with Study Online Australia.
What have you loved about Australia so far?
I don't even know where to start! I haven't had chance to explore much outside of Sydney (it can be tough on a student budget!) but I have no complaints when I get to call this magic city home.
We're talking great people, diverse culture and a whole lot of sunshine (which never fails to cheer a Brit up). I never thought I'd say this, but I look forward to waking up nice and early. It's the little things that put a smile on my face out here whether that's a good sunrise or my morning coffee by the beach.
How did Study Online Australia help you to find the right course?
I cannot recommend Study Online Australia enough. After deciding to apply for a student visa, I had no idea where to start. Thankfully, the team were incredibly helpful from start to finish. No question was too much hassle for company director Pavla who helped to find the right course for me in a matter of days. Within the week, I sent through my documents and was granted a visa right away.
The best part? Pavla keeps in touch with all of her students. She will hold your hand throughout the entire process from choosing a course to post-study options. Psst, she's a great person to ask for holiday tips...
How did you find the student visa process?
I'll be completely honest, I thought it would be a lot more stressful than it turned out to be - and that's all down to Study Online Australia's brilliant team. They work around the clock to help students with last-minute visa woes and I couldn't have done it without them.
Thanks to the team, I'm happily studying something I've always wanted to do in one of the most spectacular corners of the world.
What advice would you give to readers dreaming of studying down under?
Go for it! I have always had a huge travel itch to scratch and moving to the other side of the world was just the ticket.
Yes, it's daunting but isn't the thought of forever wondering what could have happened if you followed your dreams more terrifying?
Study Online Australia Correspondent
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