MELBOURNE’S TOP 5
The vibrant colours – Melbourne is built around art and culture
It’s history is beautifully maintained
Melbourne has the largest tramway system outside of Europe
You will get a taste of world class dining
You will experience diversity, openness and tolerance
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Studying in Melbourne
Studying in Melbourne is definitely a winning choice for those who want to enrich their education and have more opportunities in the professional landscape. Melbourne has some of the best schools and universities in the world.
Students in Melbourne come from over 40 different countries, so living and studying here is a great way to make friends with people from all over the world and learn about new cultures that are very different from your own. You can choose from a wide variety of quality educational options, which link to the cities work environment, offering students the opportunity to find a job not only in Australia but also in the international market.
Do you want to improve your English?
If you’re interested in improving your knowledge of English, Melbourne offers courses for all levels from general English to preparation for academic careers or advanced work. It’s home to some of Australia’s best private English schools.
For example, Greenwich English College is renowned throughout the state for the quality of its courses. The modern campus on Spencer Street undoubtedly makes it one of the most popular choices for international students wanting to deepen their knowledge of the English language.
Ability English is another example of a stellar college and was highly commended by English Australia in 2016 for their pronunciation and fluency course.
What if your English is already good?
If you’re wanting to embark on a professional career, there are courses for every work sector. Among those that are most successful in Melbourne are hospitality and catering (both managerial and practical). Melbourne is home to a Le Cordon Bleu campus; one of the most famous cooking schools in the world. If you’re looking for something a little less “refined” but still a high-quality program, you can turn to William Angliss, which offers placements in many five-star hotels throughout Australia.
Equally interesting are the opportunities that the city offers to those interested in a sporting career. In addition to being the most liveable city in the world, Melbourne is also known for the many important sporting events that it hosts throughout the year. The Australian College of Sport and Fitness (ACSF) is extremely popular with European students due to its practical and interesting courses.
There are over 1,300 schools in Melbourne alone, so your choice of course and institution is boundless.
Looking to undertake studies at university level?
You will struggle to find a better place to study higher education. Melbourne has been ranked as the third best city in the world for university students; this is likely due to the lifestyle, culture, vast employment opportunities and high-ranking educational institutions. Melbourne is home to 10 world-class universities, one being the University of Melbourne – the highest-ranking university in Australia and 32nd in the entire world.
Working in Melbourne
Working in Melbourne provides a huge amount of opportunity for international students. Whether you’re looking to find casual work whilst undertaking your studies or even looking for a career path leading to a more permanent stay, there are plenty of options here.
It can be daunting trying to find your first job in a new country, especially when you don’t know how the job market works, what the employers are looking for or how the job role might differ to one of the same title in your own country.
In Melbourne, employers are very used to and accepting of international students and you will often find they will go out of their way to help you.
It can be a slight concern for international students initially when it comes to finding work here. A student visa allows you to work 20 hours a week. This generally means the only option is to get a part-time job. The good news is that part-time jobs in Melbourne have been on the rise and now take up 32% of the city’s job market. This could be due to a variety of things like businesses now having a bigger need for more flexible staff or it could be the shift in the nature of work available. Whatever the reasons for this change – this is definitely good for you!
The best approach to find work here is to keep a positive attitude and get an understanding of how the system works!
You might not get the first job you apply for; it could take a few attempts. You may even have to take a step back to allow yourself to move forward. For example, you can’t assume you will get a job at the same level you were in before you came to Australia; things work a bit differently here.
Put your best foot forward and start looking for work as soon as you move to the city. You want to start earning an income as soon as possible. That will be one less thing you have to worry about while you get settled into your new Australian life. Keep watching the job market to know who what type of jobs are being advertised and where.
While you are studying, it is good to get as much Australian work experience as you can, whether that be work placements or casual jobs. Any relevant experience will help with future prospects.
For non-native speakers, we recommend you find work that will allow to you improve your communication skills. Jobs in retail and hospitality will allow you to communicate with a wide variety of people for hours on end. Coming from an international background, it is likely that this is one of the main things an employer is focussed on.
Having great communication skills and understanding of the Australian English language will give you a boost when applying for jobs in your chosen field.
If you need help, or even a little guidance, when starting your job search in Oz, feel free to contact us and we’ll be more than happy to support you.
Living in Melbourne
Life in Melbourne is something that many people could only dream of. The streets are lined with awesome colourful art works that showcase incredible architecture and lush greenery. You will never be bored with the number of things to do in this whimsical city. With a mix of beaches, parks, nightlife, festivals, comedy and cuisine, the list of things to explore never ends.
Why choose Melbourne instead of one of Australia’s other cities?
As Australia’s culture capital, Melbourne is an exceptional place for anyone to live. Aside from there being tons of stuff to keep you entertained on a day-to-day basis, Melbourne is also a remarkably safe city. Like all of Australia, the locals are laidback by nature and respectful to everyone, inclusive of men and women. In Melbourne it is rare to hear of anyone being bothered, regardless of the time of day or night and location. It’s always best to err on the side of caution but generally, there’s very little to worry about in Melbourne.
Melbourne was “the world’s most liveable city” after all…
Melbourne is an incredible place if you love the great outdoors. Whether architecture is your thing, or if you like to get some fresh air away from the hustle and bustle of the city, there is plenty to see.
The architecture in Melbourne is a spectacular mix of grand 19th Century Victorian buildings and new 20th Century skyscrapers. You will find world heritage listed sites around the city like the Royal Exhibition Buildings and Carlton Gardens. It would almost be impossible to miss the incredible street art that is splattered on buildings in the city.
There are many hidden wonders around Melbourne and its surrounding areas. The Royal Botanic Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens are definitely worth a visit. If you go a little further out of the city, you can take a trip to the Yarra Valley. If you enjoy the odd glass of wine, you’ll love it here. The Yarra Valley is famous for their production of chardonnay, pinot noir and sparkling wine.
You can also head over to Phillip Island. Along with breathtaking views, you’re likely to come across an animal or two. From parades of penguins to koalas and whales, the Victorian southern coast will allow you to see Australian nature at its finest.
Travel down the Great Ocean Road, a 243-kilometre stretch of road with hundreds of spots to explore and amazing views to see. From beautiful national parks to the world-famous limestone formations that stand 45 metres above the raging Southern Ocean, known as the 12 Apostles, there’s so many extraordinary ways to spend your day.
You will be spoilt for choice in this city full of beautiful gardens, parks, playgrounds and picnic areas, for when you want some time to kick back, relax and enjoy the sunshine.
Melbourne isn’t called the Culture Capital of Australia for no reason! There’s an abundance of street art, sporting, musical and theatrical events for all to attend.
This unique city has embraced street art which can be found everywhere throughout the CBD and inner-city suburbs like Fitzroy and St Kilda. No matter where you are in Melbourne, there’s always something quirky to look at. Melbourne is home to some incredible galleries and a wide range of music venues. We can guarantee you’ll never have a boring moment as there’s so much to do and see.
Melbourne is known as one of the top places for expats to live. This would have to come down to quality of life, cost of living, ease of settling in and generally being a great location for people working abroad.
Not only is Melbourne a city packed full of arts, culture and wonderful cafes, the city’s nightlife will draw you in (if you’re into that kind of thing). The city is full of restaurants, secret bars hidden down the many cobbled laneways and booming live music venues. It’s one big party for Melburnians and internationals alike!
Moving to a new city can be very scary and daunting, especially if you haven’t lived away from home before. But that’s the reason we exist; to make sure you don’t end up feeling that way!
We are here to be your friend and expert mentor throughout your time in Australia. We can solve your problems and connect you to amazing opportunities that will ensure your experience in Australia is nothing less than life changing. Our counsellors speak multiple languages and our door is always open should you need support!