Student life in Melbourne

Exchange semester in Victoria University, Melbourne

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It’s All Good out Here!

Hey guys!

It’s now evening of my fourth day here in Melbourne.  However, it doesn’t feel like it. I have already meeted so many new people and got new friends. I use to live in a solo in Finland, so this shared flat with 5 roommates is a whole new experience for me. At least  for now it has been only positive. Our room is quite popular one, here is usually always people hanging who doesn’t live here and the music is on. But it has been fun, this way I get to know more people and here is never boring!

In these past days I have stayed most of the time at Footscray area. I have already visited Victoria University’s Footscray campus, which is a huge (the picture shows very little of the campus). Tutorial day is at Tuesday, so I have couple days left until the official opening of the semester. It takes approximately 20 minutes to get into the Melbourne center by public transportation or Uber/Taxi. Footscray is quite ok at the day time, looks like a regular suburb. Based on the experience of the center of Footscray, this area seems to be in favor of Asians and Africans. We have been adviced that after 7 pm we should not walk here alone, but I haven’t encountered any problems. What I heard was that a little shop next to UniLodge was robbed twice in a two weeks just when I arrived. In the center of Melbourne I have been couple times in the bar/nightclub and today in the Aussie Mates meeting. The first impression is that it seems very much like a every other big city. In the future, I will have more experience of that!

Eating is quite expensive here. They don’t have here student discounts for or any student price meals. Grocery stories don’t have many microwave food options or they are pretty expensive. That is why people in here use a lot food delivery services or eat out. One of mine roommates Guy use to be a chef and he likes to make ‘real’ food, which is a great! We can buy together ingredients, split the costs and cook something good to eat every now and then!

 

This was just a little check out what is the situation here!

If you have any questions or maybe proposals for the next topic, comment it below!

Cheers!

 

First Leg of the Journey

 

Hey guys!

My journey has officially started! I am now staying in Bangkok, Thailand in my fathers apartment. My flight went well and both luggages arrived safely! I think that I don’t yet have any idea what I signed into, but I bet that this journey will be extremely fun and amazing experience for me! After I woke up from my nap, I went to the relaxing foot massage, amazing beef restaurant called El Gaucho and played some billiards!

Also, I finally got registerated MyVU portal, which is basically Australian counterpart to Finnish Optima, but there is much more info! I also got my Australian student email.

I was also invited couple weeks ago to WhatsApp group called Aussie Mates. The conversations are increasing rapidly, when people are arriving from all over the world to Melbourne and they got all kind of questions. Many of them are staying in UniLodge accommodation, which is also mine accommodation. So, it’s nice to see that I maybe chose the right place, because I did not have any idea that is that “popular” place etc.

I found also, that Victoria University has some cool Uni clothes! Might buy some for souveniers and to myself!

Check them out here

Now it’s time to have some sleep. Cheers!

 

 

The Preparation Hassling

 

 

Today, I am going to introduce you what I did after I got the acceptance from Victoria University!

After the confirmation of exchange studies, I got a lot of PDF files from the Victoria University, which were full of information what to do next. Also with a little googling you will find everything that you need to know!

Actions after the successful application process:

 

  • Apply VISA ! It can take some time that it will be approved and you will need your VISA number to get the accommodation!!! So, do the application right after you get everything clear with Victoria University. I took the Student Visa, but you can also take the Working Holiday Visa, which will give you more freedom to work while you are studying (I would not recommend this, because you can only have this type of visa once and you probably don’t have a place or time to work within your exchange period). Take enough time to do the VISA properly! There were over 20 pages and it can take easily 1-2 hours.

 

  • The flights. I took the flights before I applied VISA, but if I remember right its not necassary to book them beforehand. My flight route is HELSINKI-BANGKOK by Finnair, BANGKOK-MELBOURNE by ThaiAir and same back to Finland. So, I will stay four days in Bangkok before I fly to Melbourne. I don’t know what was my exact ticket price, because I got the Bangkok-Melbourne-Bangkok flights covered with my fathers flight points, but I recommend to book them early and compare the prices. However, the tickets are going to cost a lot of money, but that is just how it goes if you want to fly to Australia! You should arrive at least couple days before orientation week starts, that you will get used to the time difference and get familiar with the basic things! I will be arriving Melbourne week before the orientation week starts (12/07/2017).

TIP Victoria University offers free airport pick-up, so you don’t have to worry your transportation!

  • Accommodation. This is a big and an important decision and for that reason, I will write soon an own post of this topic! Keep in touch!
  • Financing. Of course, this depends heavily on your financial situation. Shortly, the point is that Australia and big cities there including Melbourne are expesive place’s to live and for that reason you should be aware of this and be properly prepared. You apply grant money from JAMK. Normally it is paid 3 weeks before your school starts, but in my case someone is at the holiday and they pay me in some point after mid July (hopefully!). Also, you should apply from KELA financial support, but the amount of money is close to normal student grant, except student loan is much bigger (800€/month).
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). You will need an insurance for your exchange period. This is required by the University and VISA terms. Victoria University’s preferred provider is Allianz Global Assistance, which is the insurance that I took. They got a representative at City Flinders campus and Footscray Park Campus, which is my “home campus” for Sport Studies. The normal travelling insurance only last three months, so it won’t cover your exchange period. Of course, I recommend that you compare the prices of different companies, but I wanted to get this done and took the Allianz. It cost approximately 300€ for the whole time.

It will take time to get these things done, so start early when you get your confirmation from Victoria University (or any other exchange destination) and make them carefully!

Have a nice day and like always, don’t hesitate to write comment or ask if something comes to mind!

Cheers!

Application process for Student Exchange

 

 

Hey, guys!

It is only two weeks left until I fly to Bangkok and there onwards to Melbourne!

Today I am going to introduce you, what kind of is the applying process a.k.a paper war to get an exchange place in Victoria University.

1. Everything starts from the basic ASIO application that you have to fill in certain time period. I applied the exchange place from JAMK at January. There were and probably is still in the future only one exchange spot in the Victoria University. I’m not sure were there any other applicants, but luckily I got the place. This exchange destination is only available for Sport Business students. Victoria University is a brand new partner of JAMK, which means I am the very first one to go an exchange there!

 

Kuvahaun tulos haulle Victoria University

 

2. When I got the information that JAMK selected me for the exchange place, next step was to gather documents and apply directly to the Victoria University (I heard that in most cases you got the place if JAMK is proposing you). I got the information of my approval at first day of February. Documents that I send to the Victoria University were English Language Certificate, Transcript of Records, Copy of my Passport and Exchange Application Form (from Victoria University). So, this stage of the exchange process won’t cost you anything, except if you don’t have passport.

English Language Certificate I got from JAMK Language Center. It’s basically a certificate of English for Working Life course. The grade you got from the course is visible, so you better have at least 4! This is luckily free certificate and it works for Victoria University. The International cordinator of JAMK scared me a little bit when he said at some point that it should be some paid language test (worth of couple hundred euros) which is held who knows where and when.

Exchange Application Form was easy to fill in, just basic informations. Although, you have to already pick up units that you would want to study there. However, this wont be the final desicion, because you don’t know the timetables of the courses and probably some of the courses that you take beforehand wont be held in that semester.

TIP So, don’t stress in this point about units. I will later on write own topic about my unit selections etc. !

 

 3.  The next stage is painfully long…. It took almost two months to get the Exchange offer letter from the Victoria University.

Deart Student, Congratulations! I am delighted to offer you a place to study at Victoria University (VU)

In order to accept my place, I had to fill and send there an Exchange Acceptance form

4. Finally one week after I had send my Exchange Acceptance form, I got response that they had accepted my acceptance (So confusing…)

 

This is how it goes! I hope that this gives information for future Sport Business students who are wondering whether to go for an exchange to Victoria University!

After this official stage, the real work starts: financing (both from school and KELA), visa, accommodation etc.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

I will write again soon, cheers!

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