Student life in Melbourne

Exchange semester in Victoria University, Melbourne

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!


One Comment

Posted 12.7.2017 at 10:54

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