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!
Study Online Australia Correspondent
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