Starting university is a busy time, and handling all of the preparation and change can make it a little bit daunting. Especially if you're in a new country!

Getting to know an unfamiliar campus, adjusting to lectures and tutorials, learning new things and making new friends – all the while becoming familiar with "Aussie" culture – can get a little overwhelming.

You’re not alone in feeling like this. And while it’s a lot to take in, most of our international students do it wonderfully, learning from any challenges they are confronted with, and coming out the other side having had the experience of their lives.


There may be valuable learning in experiencing a way of life different from yours. You may understand things about your own culture you had not thought about before. Your travels may broaden your viewpoint, making you mature personally and understand yourself better.

As time goes on, you will become more familiar with your new environment, gain confidence, develop friendships, and manage social and professional interactions more comfortably while finding a rhythm in your studies.

Some students get to this point quite quickly. But regardless of how long it takes, there are strategies you can use to help you adjust. Speak with an International Student Advisor for help and support.

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