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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!


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.

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Australian speech pathology graduate discusses working in Australia

OzTREKK student Lisa Matys studied speech pathology at the University of Queensland. More than a year after completing her studies, Lisa is still in Australia and works as a speech pathologist on the east coast of Queensland, in Hervey Bay. We chatted with Lisa recently to find out if the Master of Speech Pathology Studies program prepared her for work, and how she obtained her position as a speech pathologist after graduation.

Australian Speech Pathology Schools

OzTREKK student Lisa Matys on a whale-watching cruise

What made you decide to study speech pathology in Australia and at UQ?

I had completed an undergraduate degree in bio-pharmaceutical sciences, and during my last year, decided I didn’t want to continue in the science field. My mom suggested I look at speech pathology as a career option. In order to become a speech pathologist in Canada, I would have had to complete another undergrad degree before even being able to apply. I had always considered going to teachers college in Australia and when I was Googling I found OzTREKK and just decided to apply to speech pathologyUQ had a good international reputation and Brisbane looked like a nice city to live in, so I decided, “why not?”

How did you land a job working as a speech pathologist in Hervey Bay?

During my second year an opportunity came up to volunteer at Camp Have a Chat, which is a camp run by the Cerebral Palsy League (CPL) for children using alternative and augmentative communication methods. I volunteered and had a fantastic time. It really helped me decide that the disability sector was the one I wanted to work in! As well, I was able to meet the senior speech pathologist and other SPs working in CPL. When it came time to apply for jobs, I emailed the camp coordinator to let her know I really was interested in working with CPL and asked if there were any tips on finding a job with them. She in turn passed on my email to the senior speech pathologist—which I think is how I ended up getting an interview. It’s not only “a case of what you know but also who you know!” I wasn’t successful in getting the first position, but a couple of weeks later they gave me a call to let me know that a new position was opening up in Hervey Bay and asked if I was interested. I said yes, and I’m still here one and a half years later!

I think to get a job, especially as an international student, you need to make the most of any connections you have and volunteer in the areas you are interested in. It also helps to be willing to move more regionally and be prepared to wait a bit longer to get a job after graduating.

On which visa are you currently, while you are working in Oz?

I’m currently on a 485 visa (Graduate visa). This visa lets you continue to live and work in Oz for 18 months after it has been granted. It was the most cost-effective option at the time when I graduate (end 2011) but it has now gone up in price. Currently, my work is looking into sponsoring me to become a permanent resident as my 18 months will be finished early in 2014.

Do you think your studies at UQ prepared you well for your current job?

Overall, I think UQ did prepare me for being a speech pathologist. The disability sector is the one in which you get the least amount of training, but the skills I learned at UQ for researching and various treatment techniques did set me up for quick, on-the-job learning. My year was really supportive so it was nice to know that whenever you had a question you could just ask and someone would help you—very different from other courses I had done where everyone was really competitive and didn’t want to help. I think that most graduates in my year felt they were prepared, but you learn so much out in your first year when you are the speech pathologist and people are looking to you for advice!

Australian Speech Pathology Schools

Lisa and friends touring Fraser Island

Any advice or tips to students from Canada thinking about going to Oz to study speech path?

I had a great time at UQ and in Australia. I think if you’re up for an adventure you should definitely apply! UQ also made sure that I was going to meet all my Canadian requirements for when I decide to go back and work in Canada—even to the point of offering me extra clinics to make sure that I had enough hours in all areas. I think a career as a speech pathologist is incredibly rewarding and working with kids and adults with cerebral palsy ensures that no two days are ever the same. The nice thing about using OzTREKK was the list they sent around of everyone starting a therapy program; it made it easy to meet other people who were heading over to Australia with you and gave you someone to meet up with and explore with before classes started.



For more information about how to become a speech pathologist, including speech pathology program entry requirements, application deadlines, tuition fees, and scholarships, please visit OzTREKK’s Australian Speech Pathology Schools page.

If you have any questions, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Speech Pathology Schools Admissions Officer Shannon Tilston by emailing shannon@oztrekk.com, or phone Shannon toll free in Canada at 1 866-698-7355.

Contact OzTREKK for more information about how you can study in Australia and about speech pathology programs at Australian universities.


Friday, March 1st, 2013

OzTREKK Funny Friday

A pom, fresh off the plane at Sydney Airport, is trying to negotiate Australian customs. Finally, when it’s his turn to get his passport stamped, the customs officer starts rattling off the usual questions:

C.O.: “How long do you intend to stay?”
Englishman: “One week.”
C.O.: “What is the nature of this trip?”
Englishman: “Business.”
C.O.: “Do you have any past criminal convictions?”
Englishman: “I didn’t think we still needed to!”


Going to university in Australia is a deeply enriching experience, but figuring out how to set up everything on your own can be difficult and very frustrating.

That’s where OzTREKK comes in. We make the connection between what Australian universities offer and what Canadian students need. We are your Canadian connection to Study in Australia!

Because we’ve been there, done that, and because we work directly with Australian universities, we have the knowledge, experience and resources to guide and advise you every step of the way. Through OzTREKK, you gain insider knowledge, save time researching, and get all your questions answered.

Not only will OzTREKK help you choose the right Australian university for you, but we’ll also help you with the university application process. We will keep you constantly informed about the status of your university application and student loan documentation, and we’ll guide you through your student financing options, the student visa process, your housing options in Oz, and how to make your travel arrangements. Plus, you’ll get detailed information from our pre-departure seminar and from the OzTREKK Get Ready to Go! Guide. And whenever you have a question, you can be sure the answer is just a phone call or an email to OzTREKK away.

OzTREKK is the only Canadian organization that is a student office and Application and Information Centre in Canada for the following combination of Australian universities:

We’re the Application and Information Centre for Canadian students applying to or inquiring about study abroad, undergraduate and graduate/professional programs at any of the above Australian universities.

The OzTREKK Application and Information Centre is free to all students as its services are provided on behalf of, and fully funded by, the above Australian universities.

Contact OzTREKK to learn more about how you can study in Australia!

Email: info@oztrekk.com

Toll free: 1 866-698-7355