Since a semester abroad is required in my Bachelor’s degree, the question was not whether or not, but simply where it should go. My roommate had already worked and traveled in Australia. He piqued my curiosity with his stories. After a long research, I then decided on the Gold Coast Campus of Griffith University. The range of courses is very good, the tuition fees are a bit lower in comparison and, best of all, it is relatively close to the beach.
Costs & Financing:
First of all, it has to be said that a semester in Australia requires a certain amount of money. You pay the tuition fees, which at Griffith University are around 6,000 euros. In addition, life down under is relatively expensive for us Germans due to the strong Australian dollar. In particular, the rental costs, but also the transport costs, groceries, etc. are a lot higher.
When shopping for groceries, you should therefore pay attention to the season as well as to offers and own brands.
You should still plan for 1000-1500 euros per month.
There are several options for financing, for example an international student loan, a loan or a grant (e.g. via promos (Erasmus), DAAD).
I was fortunate enough to receive a foreign loan. The semester here would probably not have been possible for me with less subsidy.
In general, you get a grant of 4600 euros for the tuition fees, about 1000 euros for the flight and a monthly fee. The grant for the tuition fees and the flight is divided by the number of months and then transferred monthly.
What should be noted, however, is that you have to advance the cost of the tuition fees and the flight and only receive the money when you are actually there.
You should also send the application for the Auslandsbafög as early as possible, as the processing takes a lot of time and you have to submit papers until the last second.
In general, however, you should be aware that Australia is a big country and you are here to discover it. So you should have saved up quite a bit before you come here. It’s about traveling, discovering, meeting new people and doing crazy things. In addition to the normal expenses, you have additional costs for the trips and adventures that you want and should experience here!
However, when there just isn’t that much money, there is still money to be made. The student visa allows you to work 20 hours a week.
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Few of our group of international students have worked. Simply because they didn’t have to. However, some have searched and found. But in a lively city like Surfers Paradise, finding a job is also likely to be relatively easy.
The application was very easy and quick thanks to college-contact.de. The team will tell you which documents are necessary and how you can get them.
To study at an English-speaking university, you need an English test. Language tests are offered by various agencies. There is, for example, the Toefl and the DAAD language test, which I was able to take at my home university. I only paid around 35 euros for it. The toefl, on the other hand, costs around 200 euros.
Of course you also need a valid passport. The creation takes about 14 days and it costs 70 euros.
You also need an international driver’s license if you intend to drive a car in Australia. It costs only 15 euros and you can get it immediately. Even if it’s not strictly planned, there is definitely an advantage in having it.
You go on almost every trip with a rental car or van. The more drivers the better. However, getting your driver’s license here is relatively difficult and the police officers are strict. So you should definitely take this route.
The flight should also be booked as early as possible. I booked mine through Reisebine.de and paid only 1400 euros for a return flight. There are even better deals out there, but since I had to fly on a specific day, I had to take this offer. Still a great price for a great flight. You fly via Abu Dhabi and Singapore and can leave the return flight open. This gave me the opportunity to extend my stay without having to rebook. I can also explore Asia through the stopovers in Singapore and Abu Dhabi. The ticket is valid for 18 months. So you could travel around Asia for a few more months after Australia. A great flight offer!
You can take 20 kg of luggage with you and should definitely leave some space. After all, it is part of buying something here and I have friends who have left 20 kg of things from Germany here. Not only is this wasted, but it is also very difficult to decide in the end what to take with you and what to throw away. A good option, however, is to bring things like expensive shampoos, lotions, make-up, etc. directly with you here. These things are very, very expensive here and you definitely don’t need them on the way back. That saves money and creates space for new things on the way back.
I also had a mini sleeping bag and only one towel. You can still get something like this cheaply here (at K-Mart) and throw it away at the end.