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Friday, November 16th, 2018

Don’t miss the UQ Medicine seminars November 19 & 20!

What does it take to get UQ Medicine? Besides great grades and a passion to help others?

Don't miss the UQ Medicine seminars November 19 & 20!

Get the details here and save your spot.

Find how you can get into a medical school that is turning high-achieving students into world-class health professionals—the UQ Faculty of Medicine!

Join OzTREKK and the University of Queensland Faculty of Medicine Dean Prof Stuart Carney and Head of Admissions Dr Fabiola Aghakhani Zandjani-Martin for the upcoming UQ Medicine seminars and find out why UQ Medicine is one of the best in the world.

UQ Faculty of Medicine Seminars

Find out more about UQ Medicine admissions, program structure, clinical placements… and about practicing in Canada after you graduate!

Get your questions answered!

Western University
Monday, November 19, 2018

University of Toronto
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Please be sure to register!

UQ Doctor of Medicine FAQs

Can I come back to Canada to practice?
Yes. Licensure to practice medicine requires the completion of an accredited postgraduate training program, known as a residency, as well as the completion of national qualifying exams.

Are my grades competitive?
Eligible candidates must have an undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of a B (~70%).

When is the application deadline?
Applications are assessed on a rolling-admissions basis and are assessed and ranked as they are received. Candidates are encouraged to apply early.

Do I need to sit an admissions test?
Yes. Applicants must have achieved a minimum score of 504 in the MCAT; or 50 in each section of the GAMSAT.

Program: Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next available Intake: January 2020
Duration: 4 years
Application deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling admissions (first come, first served) basis. It is recommended that applicants apply as early as possible to increase their chances of timely assessment. Applications generally open in early spring each year.

How does OzTREKK help?

As an official representative of 13 Australian universities, OzTREKK has helped send thousands of Canadian students to Australia for professional degrees like medicine. We are funded by our Australian universities, and our services are free. We assist you at every stage—from application to arrival, to understanding medical licensing—so nothing is forgotten. OzTREKK is your Canadian connection to study in Australia!

Don’t forget to RSVP!

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Would you like more information about the upcoming UQ Medicine info sessions? You got it! Email OzTREKK’s Australian Medical Schools Admissions Officer Kaylee Templeton at kaylee@oztrekk.com or call us at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

How to Get from Eh to Oz: Travel

Whether you consider yourself a travelling expert or not, the majority of your anxiety likely comes from picking up your life, packing it in a suitcase, and moving it across the world.

We’re here to help! In this “How to Get from Eh to Oz” blog, we’re going to discuss tips, tricks, and things to remember about travelling to Australia.

OzTREKK travel tips

Getting ready to travel!

Tip #1: Flight Rewards

Time to investigate flight rewards programs and Air Miles options (especially if you’ll be making the Canada-Australia trip a few times… you might as well snag a deal or some free stuff along the way).

The following flight rewards programs will allow you to collect points you can redeem for discounts on future flights or in exchange for other great perks like cash back, flight upgrades, skipping the line…. We’re pretty sure most of you will be familiar with these babies!

You’ll also want to look into airlines that cross the Pacific and are based in Australia, as each airline will have their own rewards program (or one that’s linked to a group of airlines). And when you’re in Australia, take advantage of their budget airlines Jetstar and Scoot.

If you’re willing to do some searching, you’re bound to find the perfect rewards program for you and your lifestyle!

Tip #2: Pick a Route, Pick a Seat, Pack a Suitcase

Air Canada offers a direct flights to Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne from both Vancouver and Toronto, and you no longer have to fly via the U.S. (a big bonus, when you have a year’s worth of luggage and avoid US immigration!). Try to pre-select your seat for the long-haul flight portion and opt for a window or aisle seat. If you are travelling alone to Oz and don’t pre-select a seat, you will often get allocated a middle seat, which is not ideal for a 14- to 15-hour plane trek. Ick.

Pack a set of summer clothes to wear when you disembark, and change in the airport in Oz when you arrive, so that once your luggage comes out and you clear customs, you’re already dressed in shorts and flip-flops, ready to enjoy some lovely Aussie weather. Keep in mind, our seasons are reversed!

For your carry-on luggage, designate a specific compartment of your bag where all important documents will be placed, such as your boarding passes, passport and wallet, Confirmation of Enrolment/Letter of Offer so they are handy and easy to access and won’t get lost in the shuffle of your luggage.

Tip #3: Download Netflix Series/Movies

This is a great opportunity to catch up on all those series your friends are talking about. Download the episodes in advance on Wi-Fi and delete them as you watch them; this will help make room for all those amazing pics you’re going to take.

Tip #4: Stay hydrated

May seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be suprised at how many people “forget” to drink enough water when flying/travelling. If a flight attendant goes by with water, you should probably fill up.

Tip #5: Travel Register

It’s important to think about safety when travelling and while you might be lost in the thrill of it, it’s crucial to take the right precautions. A great idea is your national travel register.

Even if you don’t register and you need emergency consular assistance while in Australia/travelling, the Government of Canada will still help you. You do not need to register for Registration of Canadians Abroad to receive consular services. The Canadian Consular Services Charter outlines the assistance the Government of Canada can provide in an emergency situation.

The Government of Canada strongly recommends that all Canadian citizens travelling or living abroad sign up for Registration of Canadians Abroad. It allows the government to contact you to provide important information in advance of an emergency abroad and to send you information on how to stay safe and secure as you travel.

The decision to travel is your responsibility, so remember to

  • find the location and contact information for the Canadian embassy or consulate closest to your travel destination. Always keep this information close at hand while travelling in case you need emergency assistance. P.S. They’re on Facebook, too.
  • alert your university and your family in Canada of your address in Australia as soon as possible.

Tip #6: Enjoy yourself!

This is going to be an experience you will remember for a lifetime. Don’t stress about the little details because when you’re sitting on the pier looking at the Sydney Opera House, the cankles will have been well worth it!

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What are you predeparture questions? Send them our way: info@oztrekk.com or call us at 1-866-698-7355. We’ll get you ready to study in Australia!

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018

How to Get from Eh to Oz: Money

When you’re getting ready to study in Australia, it’s common to think of the major stuff like getting your student visa, arranging flights, and acquiring accommodation, but there are a few things that sometimes get missed. The “From Eh to Oz” team wants to help you ensure you can pay for your schooling and living and that you have a heads up about everything involved when studying internationally, including finances!

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Predeparture prep: Let’s talk about money!

Today, we will discuss a few main points:

  • CIBC Contest
  • Cost of Living
  • Transferring Your Money
  • Loans
  • Banking in Australia
  • Tax File Number

CIBC and the Student Life Network Full Ride Contest

CIBC and the Student Life Network Full Ride Contest is open to all Canadians. You have an opportunity to win $35,000 for tuition. You simply need to get a new CIBC student bank account, credit card, or line of credit and join the Student Life Network to enter. You must complete this by December 31, 2018 to be eligible.

Cost of Living in Australia

The average international student in Australia spends about $390 AUD per week on living expenses, approximately $20,290 AUD per year. This figure really depends on the city in which you live, whether you live on campus, just off campus or in a less expensive suburb near your university, and how frugal or reckless you are with your cash! Check out the Cost of Living comparison tool to get a better idea.

Transferring Your Money

Throughout your studies, you are likely going to need to get money to Australia to pay your tuition fees and living expenses. In general, a wire transfer (called a telegraphic transfer in Australia) is the most effective way to do this. There are a few options of which you should be aware. Paying attention to rates can save you thousands of dollars (in some cases over ten thousand dollars) over the course of your full degree.

Over the last few years, OzTREKK has been a proud supporter of Cohort Go, an Australian company specializing in international student services. The company is incredibly responsive, and our students are treated well—as they should be! Cohort Go allows students to make tuition payments in their local currency and convert their AUD tuition fees at a significantly lower foreign exchange rate while eliminating extra international money transfer fees from the equation. We have found this is the cheapest way to pay your tuition and save as much as $15,000 over the course of your studies. You just need to make a local bank transfer and Cohort Go takes care of your payment from there.

OzTREKK isn’t any getting any referral rewards, we just really think this is one of the best solutions available for our students.

Loans

OzTREKK students usually use a combination of professional student lines of credit, Canadian student loans, and personal / family savings to fund their studies. Canadian students who study outside Canada are eligible for loans provided by the federal government through the Canada Student Loans Program, in addition to loans provided by their province of residence. Provincially, students from Ontario can received $10,000, while BC students can receive $20,000, and Alberta students can receive $30,000. Please note that these are approximate amounts and your student loan will be release after your program has commenced.

Banking in Australia

Many OzTREKK students recommend you open a bank account before you leave for Australia as securing accommodation is often much easier when you have an Australian bank account!

Some Australian banks allow international students open an account online from overseas up to three months before you arrive—and many OzTREKK students recommend doing this. When you arrive in Australia, the bank will require you to show proof of identification in person at a bank branch.

  1. Your letter from the bank after you’ve opened the account
  2. Your passport
  3. Your student ID or proof of enrollment
  4. Australian cell phone number if you have one

Australia’s major national banks include

OzTREKK also recommends that you have a Canadian credit card with a reasonable maximum limit to take with you to Australia. It is not the best option for exchanging money from CAD to AUD and paying for things in Australia, but it may be helpful for emergencies and when you first arrive in Australia while you are setting up an Australian bank account.

#OzTREKKTip: Find out which bank has a branch on your university campus!

Tax File Number (TFN)

When you apply for your Australian student visa, make sure that you write down your Transaction Reference Number TFN (also called Tax Identification Number TIN) at the end, and save and print copies of the forms and receipts. A TFN reduces the tax rate you need to pay, and is required if you plan to work in Australia and for lodging tax returns. International students who are enrolled in a course that is longer than 6 months are considered residents for tax purposes.

Organisations such as banks, financial institutions and employers are entitled to ask for your TFN. For more information about TFNs and to apply, go to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website.

It may be necessary for you to file a tax return with the Canadian government for the year(s) you were studying in Australia. Visit the Canada Revenue Agency for more information.

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Stay tuned for more OzTREKK Predeparture tips! Questions or concerns? Please let us know! Email us at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

OzTREKK’s medicine students talk about their first impressions of Australia

You’re almost there! Only a few short weeks and you’ll be heading off to the Land Down Under!

We know you have a lot on your plates right now, but we’d like to encourage you by sharing former OzTREKK medicine students‘ first impressions of Australia and how they are getting along in their medical programs. No surprise—no one misses Canadian winters!

OzTREKK's medicine students talk about their first impressions of Australia

OzTREKK students (now at UQ Med School!) at our 2017 Predep Meet & Greet

Med students share their first impressions of Australia and their programs

Settling into Australia has been very easy thus far. I’m not missing the cold weather and snow in Canada all that much haha! – Monash medicine student, Aaron

Things are going great! I survived my first week of medical school and I’m really excited for what the first year of medical school will be like. It was initially really stressful moving in because of the many things that I had to do after landing, but all is well now. I have settled in pretty well and I’m really enjoying my time in Australia. I have met some amazing students and staff members and everyone is really helpful and supportive! – Monash medicine student, Simran

Things are going great.  I’m fairly lucky as my partner came with me and my dog arrives from Canada in a week so it is easy to make this feel like home!  I love the snow but its hard to miss the cold with the beach so close 😛 … I got the chance to head down to Byron Bay last weekend and that was definitely a highlight.  Its nice having it so close.  I will have to try make it a more regular trip when I have the time! – Griffith medicine student Kevin

Everything is been going well. Settling in with the workload and getting to know the coast quite well. Highlights have got to be the beaches and the surf. So different than home. – Griffith medicine student, Jonathan

Things are starting to be sorted now and I’m feeling more organized.  No time for fun for me. The program has been pretty full on. I’m definitely not missing out Canadian winter though. – Griffith medicine student, Julia

I have been good since moving down under. The first month was quite hectic, trying to settle in and get used to the Aussie way of life, but I think I have managed pretty well. I will say, they are not big fans of Winter Olympics here. Especially on the Gold Coast, all eyes here are to the Commonwealth Games in April. – Griffith medicine student, Nishu

So far it going pretty well. I haven’t stopped sweating since I’ve arrived, but I don’t miss the snow one bit. I’ve explored a bit, but plan on doing much more. The Gold Coast is just amazing. I’m finding things are going well, but it’s really picking up and a lot of work. I’m really enjoying it though. – UQ medicine student, Kate

I feel settled as our workload intensifies in week 2 but, I really enjoy the program. I don’t miss the snow one bit! I was able to do some exploring the week prior and went to the botanical gardens, koala sanctuary, and surfers paradise! I have to say, the koalas are to die for! – UQ medicine student, Kevin

Everything has been good! I made plenty of friends, explored the city. School has been manageable although disorganized, and I miss home a bit. Overall, it has been good. – UQ medicine student, Kevin

Don’t forget! We are hosting our 2018 Predeparture Meet & Greets starting this weekend!

Toronto: Saturday, November 3
Calgary: Saturday, November 11
Vancouver: Saturday, November 13

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Don’t forget: You can get useful predeparture tips on the OzTREKK Boarding Pass!  If you have not yet received your invitation to attend an upcoming Meet & Greet, please contact your OzTREKK admissions officer or call 1-866-698-7355. See you soon!

Monday, October 29th, 2018

Get ready for your OzTREKK Predeparture Meet & Greet!

Get ready for your OzTREKK Predeparture Meet & Greet!

Getting ready to study in Australia? We got your back.

When we talk about predeparture preparation, we’re talking about the whole kit and caboodle: understanding your offer letter, learning about OSHC, student visas, money, accommodation options, travel… and more!

We also know that you are about to fly around the globe to the other side of the planet, and while this is an exciting time in your life, it’s also a bit stressful.

OzTREKK Predeparture Meet & Greets

Don’t miss the OzTREKK Predeparture Meet & Greets!

Cue OzTREKK.

To help alleviate as much stress as we can, last year we decided to “upgrade” our predeparture services by making our in-person events as rewarding as possible!

So what does this mean for you?

In a few short weeks, you will be an international student in Australia. An OzTREKK Predeparture Meet & Greet will guide you through the final steps as you prepare to live and study in Australia. It is also a great opportunity to meet other students who will be at your university and in your program (aka future roommates)! Whether you have already accepted your offer, will be doing so in the next couple of weeks, or are yet to meet the conditions of your offer, you are invited to attend.

OzTREKK in-person Predeparture Meet & Greets

Toronto: Saturday, November 3
Calgary: Saturday, November 11
Vancouver: Saturday, November 13

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Don’t forget: You can get useful predeparture tips on the OzTREKK Boarding Pass!  If you have not yet received your invitation to attend an upcoming Meet & Greet, please contact your OzTREKK admissions officer or call 1-866-698-7355. See you soon!

Friday, October 26th, 2018

International scholarships available at the University of Sydney

Searching for a scholarship to help fund your studies can be a real pain in the a$$. A lot of people wonder, “Why should I even bother?”

Sydney medicine students win University of Sydney Scholarship international scholarships

Learn more about Sydney Medical School

Did you read our story about the University of Sydney’s Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships awarded to three OzTREKK students? They are headed to Sydney Medical School and have been awarded $10,000 toward their first-year tuition fees.

That’s why!

The University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships are valued up to$40,000 AUD and are awarded to exceptional international students based on academic merit. To qualify, you must secure an unconditional offer of admission before the following date timelines:

Semester 1, 2019
• Round 1 –  October 5, 2018
• Round 2 – December 7,  2018
• Round 3 – January 18, 2019

Semester 2, 2019
• Round 1 – March 29, 2019
• Round 2 – April 26, 2019
• Round 3 –  June 14,  2019

Top-ranked applicants will be offered a tuition fee reduction of their first year fees by A$5,000, A$10,000, A$20,000 or $40,000.

Selection Criteria

Great news: You won’t need a separate application! All eligible applicants with an unconditional offer by a specified cut-off date will be considered for the scholarships!

  • Selection will be based strictly on academic merit as per the University of Sydney’s admission requirements.
  • Only applicants with unconditional offers of admission will be considered.
  • Only applicants who are not citizens of Australia and New Zealand nor a permanent resident of Australia will be considered.
  • Students who have already commenced or have transferred with credit exemptions and/or advanced standing, are not eligible.
  • Selection committee consists of two nominees of the Executive Director, Global Student Recruitment and Mobility and one nominee of the Deputy Registrar.

The University of Sydney reserves the right to make changes to this Scholarships Program without notice and at its discretion.

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Would you like more information about the University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarships? Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

Deakin University continues to rise in global subject rankings

Deakin University’s success in the 2018 QS World University Rankings by Subject, released recently, showcases the university’s continuing rise across a broad range of study areas.

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Find out how you can study at Deakin University!

QS ranks the world’s top universities in 48 individual subject areas which are calculated based on academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

This year, Deakin improved its rankings position in 14 subject areas compared to last year, reflecting the university’s continuing rise in the rankings and global reputation.

Most exciting is the shift for the Deakin law program, which has moved into the Top 100 worldwide. Deakin’s well-regarded nursing programs are ranked at #24 in the world, and other top performers include education and sports-related subjects, both ranked at #30. Deakin now has 25 subjects in the top 1% globally by QS.

Deakin’s success in these rankings reflects the university’s commitment to academic excellence, conducting world-class research and helping students graduate not just job-ready but with a competitive edge.

The university is proud to see so many of its subjects continuing to rise in the rankings and gain greater recognition. Deakin prides itself on being innovative and visionary while also consistently providing its students with practical experience and a curriculum informed by the best in industry.

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Think you might be interested to learn more about Deakin University? Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355.

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

How to Get from Eh to Oz: Accommodation

So, are you ready to go apartment hunting?

If you’re a little nervous, that’s completely understandable. But hundreds of former OzTREKK students have done it—and so can you! We have assisted thousands of students understand the steps required to securing accommodation in Australia—and we haven’t lost a student yet.

OzTREKK Student Tips: understanding accommodation in Australia

Don’t let finding accommodation stress you out!

First, do your best to arrive a few weeks before Orientation gets going. This will give you enough time to find suitable accommodation and settle in before classes commence. Many OzTREKK students have told us that it takes 2–3 weeks to find accommodation (sometimes longer), especially in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. And keep in mind that if you arrive just after Christmas, you can bet real estate agents are still on holidays!

Things to consider…

  • Ensure you have temporary accommodation arranged.
  • Be prepared financially for the time you may need to spend in temporary accommodation.
  • Make housing your first priority.
  • Avoid rushing your house hunting. Feeling rushed can hinder your ability to make wise choices.
  • Be informed. Before you arrive, read as much as you can about the various housing options and how to arrange them. Then you can get straight into house hunting after you arrive, rather than trying to figure out where to go and what to do.
  • Have a bank account set up before you get to Australia—you usually cannot pay bonds and deposits in cash!
  • It’s okay to choose on-campus accommodation for the first semester/year! Lots of OzTREKK students do this. Easy-peasy!

“Be prepared for it to take over one month to find a place—this is something a lot of people have told me they experienced. Try and find an airbnb close to your school. Look on Facebook Marketplace. Check out the place before you make a commitment. Check how often public transport runs in that area, preferably trams and trains.” OzTREKK student Yewande A

1. Think about your needs and budget.

Like most of the decisions you are making as you prepare to become an international student, there are many issues to consider. Your accommodation options in Australia are varied, and when searching for off-campus housing, you will need to contemplate location, public transportation accessibility, proximity to campus and shopping, lifestyle, your study habits, and cost, among other factors.

2. Understand your rights and responsibilities as a tenant in Australia.

As an international student, it is important for you to review and understand your rights and responsibilities for renting property in the Australian state in which you are planning to rent. Visit Australian Government: Buying, selling or renting property for more info.

3. Research your long-term accommodation options.

To begin your research for accommodation, you need to know how to find and view rental properties. Generally, most Australians would view private rental listings via the internet (e.g., realestate.com.au, or craigslist), in their local newspaper or through a local real estate agent, who will provide a listing of local rental properties currently available. Most Australians rent an apartment or house through a real estate agent, who acts as the landlord for the property owner.

Take the time to explore your Australian university’s “Accommodation” website. Most universities have extensive information about where to look, which suburbs you should consider, and outline your choices for on-campus and off-campus housing. For off-campus accommodation, most Australian universities have private rental databases for students to explore options before they arrive in Australia. So many tips!

It is recommended that you do not pre-book rental accommodation (unless it’s student housing), but use the private rental database to become familiar with your options before arriving in Australia.

“Start looking at realestate.com.au before you come. Make sure to have previous landlord references. Give yourself more time than you think you need to get into a place (there’s more paperwork and waiting involved than in Canada). Start getting to know the area where your university is early (like how close grocery stores are/other common places you would go). Google Maps is your friend!” OzTREKK student Devon L.

4. Know how to secure off-campus accommodation.

Here is a general overview of the process to secure a private rental apartment or house in Australia:

Complete a Rental Application: This application will have to be approved in order for you to begin your tenancy. It’s a good idea to prepare an “accommodation folder” with copies of everything you may need. We highly recommend you bring the following documents with you from Canada, as you may be asked for these when applying for a rental property:

  • receipts from previous landlords
  • reference letters from previous landlords
  • passport/visa
  • driver’s licence
  • student card
  • health card
  • bank statement / evidence of money to pay your rent and bond deposit

Sign a Tenancy Agreement: Once your application is approved, the real estate agent or landlord will give you the tenancy agreement to read, understand and sign. Any questions should be directed to the real estate agent or landlord for clarification. Keep a signed copy of this.

“Pair up with an Australian; it’s easy to stick to what you know, but it’s great experiencing more of the Aussie culture. Real estate also goes very quick, so what you see two weeks before probably won’t be available when you get there. Use flatmates.com and post in the uni Facebook groups to find someone you are compatible with.” OzTREKK student Kleopatra M

Pay a Bond and Rent Advance: Most properties require a bond, or security deposit, to be placed on the property when a rental application is accepted. This is usually the cost of one month’s rental. The security deposit is paid into the Residential Tenancy Bond Authority (RTBA)—a government body—and it remains in this trust account until you vacate the property.

The bond will be refunded at the end of your lease if you return the property in the same condition (excluding reasonable wear and tear) as when your tenancy began. You will also need to pay your landlord a rental advance (usually the first month’s rent) up front to secure the property. These funds go to the landlord as part of his rental earnings.

To complete this phase, you pay the bond and the amount of rent required in advance. The real estate agent or landlord will give you a bond lodgement form to complete and sign. Keep a signed copy of this. You will then receive a receipt from the RTBA within seven days of receiving the bond. Keep this receipt as you will need to access your bond money at the end of your tenancy!

Complete a Condition Report: The real estate agent or landlord then fills in a property condition report and marks down what he/she believes to be the condition of the premises. You can then make comments on what you believe to be the condition of the premises and hand in the condition report within seven days.

How to protect yourself

  • Never pay a deposit on a private rental until you’ve seen it in person.
  • Always inspect a property in person. If the landlord doesn’t let you, move on.
  • Search the property online and find out where it is and if it suits your needs.
  • Ask about all the terms and conditions of your stay.
  • Try to look for accommodation through official channels and websites rather than through forums and social media.
  • Keep copies of all correspondence with the people you’re renting from.
  • When you find a place you like, take your time going through it when you’re filling out your condition report. Take photos if you think you should!

Consider on-campus or managed student housing

Offered at all our universities, on-campus residences can be individual bedrooms or shared bedrooms with shared facilities. These on-campus residences are called “colleges.” Some have everything included, like meals, furniture, internet, etc. OzTREKK recommends on-campus accommodation for all high-school leavers or if you would prefer the convenience of “just getting it over with!” Many OzTREKK student choose this as the first step, then meet new people (future roommates!) and decide to get an apartment.

“Living on campus is a great option. It’s fully furnished and can be organised before you even arrive in Australia. I haven’t had any issues with my accommodations and it’s so close to campus. Living in a private rental would be a cheaper option, but finding roommates and a place to stay beforehand may be challenging.” OzTREKK student Aaron E

Managed student housing is sometimes off campus. These are similar to on-campus colleges and are student-purposed apartments. These are usually fully furnished and either managed by the university or through a private company. Students living in these apartments are usually self-sufficient, although it may be possible to purchase meal plans. Students are usually responsible for connecting and paying for utilities such as water, telephone, electricity and gas in their own name and at their own cost. They can be booked in advance, from home.

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We’re here to help! Please reach out to us if you have questions about securing accommodation and getting settled to study in Australia! Contact your admissions officer or call us at 1-866-698-7355.

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

International student satisfaction high at Griffith University

Griffith University has again achieved excellent overall student satisfaction scores of above 90% in both the International Student Barometer (ISB) and the English Language Barometer (ELB) 2018 surveys.

Both of the surveys look at the student experience across all areas of the international student experience, from pre-arrival (including satisfaction with agents), through to the student experience on campus and in the classroom, as well as overall satisfaction.

International student satisfaction high at Griffith University

Learn more about studying at Griffith University

Griffith University’s Internationalisation Strategy sets an objective of being in the top 10 for key dimensions underpinning the international student experience, as measured by the ISB, and Professor Sarah Todd is delighted that this objective is being met.

“We will continue to work with everyone involved in the support of international students to ensure these results are reinforced and are always looking for ways to further improve and enhance the support and services we provide all international students,” Vice President (Global), Professor Sarah Todd, said.

Professor Todd also noted the contribution made by their agent network (Helloooo, OzTREKK!) in ensuring that positive experience starts right from students’ first inquiries into studying at Griffith.

The ISB showed Griffith ranked particularly highly on both the arrival experience and the student experience dimensions, with 94% of students either very satisfied or satisfied with their arrival and 90% of students happy with their life at Griffith to date, compared with global averages of 89% and 87% respectively.

Griffith Mates

Students’ satisfaction with their welcome, opportunities to make friends from other countries, and the social activities available when they first arrived, was particularly high. The Griffith Mates, a group of volunteer senior students committed to supporting international students with their transition to life in Australia and studying at Griffith, provide a friendly welcome to thousands of students each year right from when they land at Brisbane airport, and this is an area we are committed to continuing to enhance given its critical importance in ensuring a positive experience overall.

The ELB showed Griffith English Language Institute (GELI) students’ overall satisfaction with living at 94.7%, which compares favourably with a global overall rating of 90.3%. Student satisfaction relating to studying and living at both our Brisbane-based and Gold Coast campus English Language Institutes was positive, with students rating highly the campus environment and GELI facilities.​

Griffith University Study Areas

Griffith is a comprehensive university, offering more than 200 undergraduate, postgraduate and research degrees across all disciplines.

Griffith University has a long history of providing innovative degrees that meet the ever-changing needs of students, industry and the community. Popular schools among Canadian students include

What would you like to study at Griffith University? Contact OzTREKK at info@oztrekk.com or call 1-866-698-7355 to find out how you can study in Australia!

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Upcoming Sydney Law School seminars across Canada next week

Are you interested in studying law but unsure about your options?

Then please join OzTREKK and the University of Sydney Law School Dean of Law Professor Joellen Riley at one of the upcoming Sydney Law School seminars—across Canada Oct. 15 – 22!

Upcoming Sydney Law School seminars

Register for an upcoming Sydney Law School seminar

You can study law at one of the top universities in the world. During these seminars, you will have the opportunity to meet and chat with the Dean of Sydney Law School! Find out more about the Sydney Juris Doctor program, admissions requirements, program structure, and how you can practice in Canada. Refreshments will be served.

Sydney Law School Seminars

York University
October 15, 2018
2:30 p.m.
McLaughlin College (Career Centre Meeting Room), Room 205

University of Toronto
October 16, 2018
6:30 p.m.
Trinity College, Junior Common Room

University of Waterloo
October 17, 2018
4 p.m.
JR Coutts Engineering Lecture Hall (RCH) Room 307

Carleton University
October 18, 2018
6 p.m.
Residence Commons 2nd level, Room CO 274

Simon Fraser University
October 22, 2018
Time & Location TBA

University of British Columbia
October 22, 2018
5 p.m.
The Nest, Room 2314

About the University of Sydney Law School Juris Doctor

The Sydney Law School is Australia’s first. The Sydney JD comprises the core legal subjects required throughout the world for professional accreditation coupled with the study of a wide range of elective subjects which allows advanced learning in both specialized fields and law in general. Teaching and learning methodology includes a wide range of formats to allow individual choice, a deep understanding of the law, independent research and the development of the skills and ethics inherent in modern professional practice.

Program: Juris Doctor (JD)
Location: Sydney, New South Wales
Duration: 3 years
Semester intake: March
Application deadline: Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply a minimum of three months prior to the program start date.

Ready to do this? Apply now to Sydney Law School!

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Need more details about these upcoming Sydney Law School seminars? Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Molly Mahon at molly@oztrekk.com!