Everything you need to know before making an exchange to Australia

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Commonwealth of Australia is its official name, but it is better known as Australia. This country is located on the Sahul Continental Shelf, located in Oceania, between the Indian, Glacial, Antarctic and Pacific Oceans, and some smaller islands such as Tasmania are annexed as part of its territory, giving it a total area of 7,741,220 km², an area that makes it the sixth largest country on Earth.

Due to its colonial past, Australia belongs to the British Community of Nations, and its form of government is the Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy, headed by Queen Elizabeth II of England, within the framework of a democratic and liberal political system.

Mount Uluru

If it were necessary to describe this country in one word, it would undoubtedly be: diversity. Geographically it has a wide coastline with more than ten thousand beaches, where you can also find the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world, formed by more than two thousand individual reefs and hundreds of islands. On the mainland we can find the Great Dividing Range, which is home to Mount Kosciuszko, the highest point of the mainland and Mawson Peak, the highest peak in the country, located in overseas territory. Another curious fact about Australia is that the largest monolith in the world, Mount Uluru is also located in this land.

The -true- Tasmanian Devil

Although a large part of the Australian territory is desert, a great diversity of habitats can be found in it, hosting huge quantities of plant and animal species, many of which are native to this particular area and have become emblems of the country. Such is the case of kangaroos, koalas, sea wasps and snakes. Some of these species have been immortalized in cartoons, such as the well-remembered Tasmanian devil, although the real one looks quite different from the caricatured one.

On the other hand, Australia is one of the most industrialized countries in the world, with very high standards of living, also characterized by its cultural variety. The natural and cultural contrasts present in Australia make it a very interesting place for social and student life. Are you interested in knowing what you need to do an exchange in this extraordinary country? Here are some recommendations that you may find useful:

Recommendations to go on exchange in Australia

Australia offers high standards of quality education for overseas students, which are covered under the Education Services for Overseas Students Act (ESOS Act). Depending on the country of origin and the duration of the exchange program, it will be necessary to apply for a visa for this purpose.

Although there may be specific requirements for obtaining an Australian student visa that are related to the exchange student’s country of origin and the conditions of the exchange program he/she chooses, these are the requirements that must be met in any case:

– Demonstrate a good health condition is essential, so the candidate must undergo medical studies to prove it. These shall be at the applicant’s expense.

– Proof of not having a criminal record, through the presentation of a police certificate issued by the agency in charge in the candidate’s country of origin or residence.

– Possess health insurance obtained through the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) covering the principal applicant and accompanying family members.

– Demonstrate that you have no debts with the Australian government, as well as proof that you have sufficient funds to cover the costs of your stay.

– Children under 18 years of age must show proof that they have arrangements in place to ensure their support and general welfare for the duration of their stay in Australia.

So what are you waiting for to embark on this Australian adventure?

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