Study Abroad Student: World Leader in International Student Pacement Services
Study Abroad Student was a website that provided basic information about studying abroad (in Australia and other parts of the world). For over 40 years they had been successfully placing individual student. That is what made Study Abroad Student the world leader in international student placement services.
This was their website.
Content is from the site's 2011 archived pages.
A second problem you must expect to meet is the difficulty of living in another culture, far away from home, family and friends. Asian students who have studied abroad talk of their loneliness there and refer to it as part of `the price' of an overseas qualification. This cost, of course, has to be balanced against the positive aspects of the experience. But it is a cost which has to be borne. To some extent, again, you can prepare yourself in advance by finding out as much as you can about the country, the city, and the university or college to which you are going. You may be able to attend an orientation course before you leave home. You can seek out people who have returned from study abroad and learn from
Their experiences. There are practical things you can learn to do. If you know, for example, that you are going to have to cook for yourself or that there are certain dishes which you really enjoy, then get someone at home to teach you how to cook. Many of your fellow students overseas will be only too willing to exchange language lessons for a meal of chicken biryani or a dish of nasi goreng.
On arrival at your college you will probably find there are already students there from your own country who will be ready to help you settle in. A Malaysian Law student made the point:
I suggest that a good way of building up confidence is by talking to other Asians (oldies). They are the people who can give really good tips as they too had to undergo the same problems at the beginning.
Also many colleges have special organizations for overseas student to help them meet other students and make new friends. Here are the comments of two more Asian undergraduates:
Adaptation to life here was the first acute problem that I encountered
when I just landed here in ANU in March 1980. Everything was just not right; food, friends, weather, you name it - everything was a problem then. To add to my misery any homesickness, the weather was of no help, especially during the winter when I really get miserable. Then luckily things made a good turn for me as I started to find my way around and started to win precious friendship.
Undergraduate Degree CoursesIn explaining the structure of undergraduate degrees in this chapter, we are using the Australian University for our model. What we describe will apply in general terms to degree courses in the other institutions and in other countries. There are, however, also some important differences. For more detailed information about Australian Institutions, see the references listed at the end of this chapter. For variations that apply in Britain , Canada and the United States , consult Appendices 1-3
Many Australian Students when they first enter university or college feel as strange as if they were moving into a foreign country, an alien culture. They will already have completed twelve years of primary and secondary education. They will have been above average pupils, successful enough to have gained admission to a tertiary institution on the basis of their state exams or school performance. Yet despite their past success they are often nervous. They are entering a very different world from their school surroundings.
There are many social events – films, parties, plays, dances; clubs and societies try to enroll new members; there are special tours of the libraries and talks on service available to students, such as medical services, student loans, and sport facilities. This is the week in which new students begin to get their bearings and become oriented to the university setting.
We shall describe I this chapter some features of the structure and working of an Australian university which you will find helpful to know from the outset. (If you are intending at a college of advanced education or a technical institute there will be some
In some courses the students' performance is assessed whollv final formal exam; in others assessment is continuous, with piece of written work and each short test counting towards the final grade; in many courses there is a mixture of continuous assessment and some form of final exam.
Undergraduate Degree Structure
New students must also learn how the degree course is structv-. Students normally repter in one Faculty , finally gainin_ y Bachelor of Science (BSc), or a Bachelor of Economics (BEc). - x Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree. In some universitiea . also possible to do a combined degree, such as an Economic scence degree (BEcSc). Most pass degree courses require three yearfull-time study, though some, such as Medicine or Law, take Ion,' If a student wants to gain an Honours degree, this require additional year of study after the pass degree has been completed a high standard.
What Supervisors Expect of Post GraduatesAs a postgraduate student you will be assigned tied to a supervisor, usually a member of the department in which you are registered. Depending on the university you attend and your area of research, you may find that a supervisory committee, rather than a single academic, is appointed but in such cases you will still have one member of the group assigned as your main supervisor.
The relationship between the research student and the supervisor is, obviously, extremely important. It can become the source of many problems if there are misunderstandings or unclear expectations on either side. While it is usually possible for you to change supervisors if a breakdown in the relationship occurs, such a step is unusual and may cause difficulty both for yourself and the department - and may also delay the progress of your research.
We begin this chapter with an account of the general expectations o f supervisors and then discuss some of the particular problems that can arise for overseas students in meeting these expectations.Most supervisors hold certain general expectations about the capacities and previous training of their research students. They assume that these students are:
- Very competent in their academic work,
- Capable of handling theory and concepts at an advanced level,
- Willing to acquire new research skills and techniques, and
- Motivated to work independently.