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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.

Thursday, September 27th, 2018

Introducing your “How to Get from Eh to Oz!” predeparture guide

Getting ready to study in Australia is probably the most stressful for most students. But it doesn’t have to be!

By using a combination of past student surveys and our own expertise, we have come up with an informative guide to get you ready for your big move!

How to Get from Eh to Oz Prep Guide

How to Get from Eh to Oz! Prep Guide

This predeparture guide will involve a series of videos, emails, webinars, and blogs to keep you on track during the weeks leading up to your arrival in Australia.

The webinars will feature detailed info and specific guidance (like university-specific accommodation), so you can tune in and ask questions in a live setting. Bonus? Videos and webinars will be made available as a playlist, so you can refer to them at any time!

What will you learn about?

  • Student Visa – Review the student visa process and what you can expect.
  • Accommodation – The latest information on accommodation options in Australia. Learn exactly where OzTREKK students have stayed.
  • Money – Review cost of living in Australia, banking, loans, transferring money, etc.
  • Travel – Get you prepared to pack, fly, land, and more!

Our First From Eh to Oz Webinar
The “From Eh to Oz 101” webinar will be held Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. EDT. This webinar will cover everything you may encounter while getting ready to go to Australia. Get your questions answered!

Facebook Group
We have created a private Facebook group for OzTREKK students with CoEs and offers. Feel free to post questions—OzTREKK staff will be able to help. There might even be a contest or two!

Contact List
Connect with fellow students, classmates, and potential roommates! If you’re interested in connecting with others, add your name and info to this list!

Predeparture Meet & Greets
We hold super-amazing meet-ups in Toronto, Vancouver and Alberta (locations TBD) in early November that you must attend (okay, not mandatory, but it should be 😉). This is a great opportunity to meet future roommates, OzTREKK staff, and have any last-minute questions answered.

OzTREKK Boarding Pass
Your predeparture one-stop shop! The OzTREKK Boarding Pass is a great resource to get you ready to go to Australia. We encourage you to browse this site thoroughly. This is where you’ll find detailed predep info about student visas, accommodation, airport arrival, cost of living, travel options, and much more—including student reviews about where they live!

Check-in Survey
We’ll check in with you to gauge how you are feeling. If you are feeling prepared and ready, awesome! If you are feeling overwhelmed and confused, that’s okay too, and we will help you accordingly!

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So stay tuned… and don’t forget, we are always just an email or phone call away! Have questions? Give us a call at 1-866-698-7355 or email info@oztrekk.com.