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What it is really like being a student in Australia



Ever wondered what life might be like in Australia as a student at Swinburne Sydney? Being a student in a foreign country can be an exciting opportunity to learn in English, explore a different culture, and to get an accredited qualification you can use anywhere in the world.

Here’s what living and studying in Australia is really like…

Australian diversity

It’s the land of sunshine, BBQ’s, beaches, and laid-back, relaxed lifestyle. Compared to the rest of the world, the culture in Australia is very diverse. Nearly half of all Australians have either been born overseas or have parents who were born overseas.

The top 4 countries of birth, aside from Australia, are England, New Zealand, China, and India. There are more than 300 different languages spoken in Australian homes. The country is rich in Indigenous culture as well. Indigenous Australians are the traditional owners of the land, dating back more than 60,000 years.

The support and guidance

Studying and living in Australia is a fun and unique experience. Last year, there were nearly 400,000 international student enrolments in higher education courses, so you won’t be alone. It is a friendly and multicultural nation, where international students receive a warm welcome.

Here at Swinburne Sydney, we have regular fun social activities. Integrity, equality and inclusion, community and professionalism are at the heart of everything we do. Our Student Services team will be there for you offering constant support and guidance through your educational journey from enrolment right up to your graduation.

Waterside life

Sydney is one of Australia’s most well-known cities. It is often mistaken for the capital of Australia with its high profile and numerous famous landmarks. The Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House are icons of Australia with more than 10 million visitors every year. Sydney is a major centre for arts and culture, shopping, and sport.

Check out Darling Harbour, markets at The Rocks or Haymarket, and try different cuisines from Australia’s many cultures. You will enjoy weekends exploring everything Sydney has to offer and easily fill your days with numerous fun activities.

Sydney’s opponent, chic and trendy Melbourne, is just a short flight away. Melbourne is known for food, wine, fashion and sport and it’s also the home of Australia’s national football game, AFL. If food and fine wine are more your style, visit the many restaurants and cafes the city has to offer. Also, check out the trendy laneways for street art – another trademark of cosmopolitan Melbourne.

Parramatta – The place to be

Swinburne Sydney is located in the heart of Parramatta, located just half an hour by train to Sydney’s CBD. Parramatta is a major business and commercial centre, with plenty of retail shopping options and a multitude of global eating experiences.

Parramatta is a suburb with more than 18 parks, a vibrant arts and cultural scene, with many local festivals, including the Sydney Festival, Winterlight and Parramasala. If that’s not enough, our learning facility at Parramatta is a brand new building providing everything you would expect a modern university to offer.

Get started

Are you thinking about making the move to Australia? Contact the Swinburne Sydney team to find out more about courses and how to enrol.