I’m sure you all use social networks in some capacity. In today’s society, it’s hard to avoid the influence of social media, as almost every school and every business is promoting itself online. Therefore, there are so many ways you can use social media as a part of your study abroad experience.
In this article, we will give you information on how social media is used within the Australian study environment, providing you with tips on how to enhance your new and exciting study journey. With this, you will be able to better connect with your new school and new mates!
Research your dream school
Social networks are an increasingly effective tool for determining which school is best for you. Before you enrol at a particular institution, take a good look at what people are saying about it online. Search the school on Facebook and Twitter, have a good read through comments and feedback the page is receiving, or even check out school comparative websites, such as UniversityReviews.com.au. Another good way to research the school is to take a look at YouTube and Vimeo. See if there are any videos or virtual tours presenting the school’s campus, as this can be a great way to get a feel for the school, its facilities and it’s atmosphere. For example, check out this virtual tour of RMIT’s Brunswick campus, Melbourne.
Great way to ask questions and get answers
Often, if you have a question for a school, emailing the institution can take up to a week to receive a response. If you are after an answer to a general question about a school you are interested in, try contacting them through social media. Whether it be sending them a private message, posting on the school’s wall, or tagging the school in a tweet, it is likely that their media channels are monitored, and staff member from the school will respond quickly with the information you need. If not, maybe other students can respond and help you out!
Keep in contact back home
Just because you are setting up a new life in Australia, doesn’t mean you should forget about all your friends and family back home! There are all sorts of free ways to keep in contact with people internationally, as I’m sure you know. A great tool for you might be Skype video chats, so you can catch up with your friends face to face (from across the world!).
Meet people just like you
When you arrive in Australia, it is likely that you will miss being around people who simply understand you; understand your language, your culture, your values. If you want to meet people from your home country in your new city, Facebook is full of groups that connect people of different nationalities! For example, by simply searching around, you can stumble upon groups such as Brasileiros em Sydney, Italiani a Melbourne and Españoles en Australia.
Join clubs and sports teams
A great way to meet friendly Australians is to join clubs and sports teams. More often than not, you will be able to find information on clubs on social media. In particular, many of the larger schools have their own clubs and groups, which could be a great way to get involved in the school, as well. So if you are interested in joining the Australian social culture, have a search online for what interests you, and see what you can find!
Find jobs in Aus
If you are looking for casual or part time employment, check out Gumtree.com.au. Gumtree is an Australian website of classified ads, where you can buy and sell products and services, as well as post job listings. Therefore, there are increasingly more and more job opportunities to be found on Gumtree, especially in more casual positions. So if you are looking to make a little extra money while you study in Australia, check it out.
If you have any questions about this, or about any aspect of studying in Australia, please don’t hesitate to ask! Feel free to ask questions below in the comment section, email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or even reach us on social media! We are here to help!
Words by Carla Brugliera