Top 10 International Students’ Mistakes

The person who does nothing is not mistaken! Do you agree?


We can consider it as an obvious fact, but I’m sure none of you wants to make a mistake and then regret lost time or spent money with no future benefit.

The more variables are in the task that you have to solve, the less likely you could take the most suitable decision, based on outdated information, unprofessional advice or someone else’s experience, which probably does not match your personal migration case.

I have met people who would rather not do anything, just to minimize the possibility of making a mistake. They can stop halfway or even not move at all.

There is another, absolutely different kind of people who is living the following lifestyle – “let’s start, and then we’ll figure it out on the go”. Honestly, as a professional strategic planner, I absolutely do not support this approach.

Moreover, I have seen quite unpleasant situations during 13 years of migration practice, when “blind” migrants could make such a mess… Fixing this mess could cost a huge amount of money or more years of waiting or expecting PR.


So! I am asking you to plan your migration processes from the very beginning! Please do not rush to enrol in college or university “because of DISCOUNTS”!

Always remember that students’ pathway begins with choosing a course carefully, an educational provider, and of course locations!!!

Let’s talk about the most common INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS’ MISTAKES who are aiming to come to Australia. Let’s put an imaginary lifebuoy for them together!

Show me that student who does not want to study at a famous metropolitan university. Most potential students are sure that such a prestigious qualification will automatically bring them a bright migration future in Australia. Somehow this is true.


My recommendation: choose a location that will give you the maximum benefits, such as extra points for the Point test, the presence of your future occupation in the local SOL, as well as your future occupation demand in the local labour market.

To enrol in an educational course, a potential student can choose any course or a set of courses from a university or college, and add an English course on top of it.


My recommendation: if you would like to get a Graduate visa in the future, you should carefully choose your future course. Following the Graduate visa requirement, it has to be an eligible course or set of courses of at least 92 weeks.

Actually, the fastest and easiest way to learn a language is in an English-speaking environment. Studying in English, you will have no choice but to start understanding and speaking the English language.

My recommendation:
despite what I said above, I highly recommend you learn the English language in advance to make your student’s life easier and more enjoyable. It will help you finish your homework faster and spend time not translating a lecture with a dictionary, but doing something that will really move you to your migration goal. For example, it will be easier to find a good job and demonstrate your skills to your employer.

If we do not pay attention to the cost of education, a student visa is the most budget and fastest way for a short-term stay in Australia.

However, this rule does not work if the student comes with the entire family (extra insurance, payment for school or kindergarten) and the situation could get worse if family members come completely unprepared for the upcoming issues.


My recommendation: Try to be prepared as much as possible in advance!

Firstly, read my post “your homework”.

Secondly, learn English – it will be useful both for adults in their studies and job search and for their children as a good start in school and a new environment.

Thirdly, be prepared psychologically – explore the market, set goals, check your opportunities and do not get high expectations, especially for the first time.

I received a request from one girl: she has been living in Australia for 3 years, finished English courses and graduated from college. But she could not get a graduate visa, trying four times she could not achieve the required IELTS band. Considering the fact that all her friends speak her native language, obviously, she was not using English in everyday life.


My recommendation: Communicate with everyone and on any topic: in a supermarket with a cashier, with neighbours, with a doctor or a teacher. Do not be afraid of phone calls, try to train your listening and speaking, pay attention to intonations, let yourself do mistakes and ask to repeat them again.

Yes, at first time it could be difficult, but you won’t notice when you start speaking more fluently and even joking! The more practice you will get, the more confidence, network and skills of self-presentation for the Australian labour market you will have.

There are several ways to find a job in Australia, but sometimes people focus on one or two paths, for example, someone prefers to ask for help from their native community, while others reject any connection with the country of origin and ambitiously send CVs to big companies.


My recommendations: all job search methods could be efficient, especially at first time, when you don’t have relevant and even Australian working experience. Please use every single opportunity, but remember about your migration strategy, which will bring you to your dream and help to achieve your goals.

Friends, do you know that an expensive education does not bring an international student a permanent visa?

Arriving in Australia without a clear plan, you seriously risk wasting your time. For example:

  • you study a lot and complete the course with honours, but cannot find a job in your occupation. 


  • you get an excellent education in your favourite specialty in a state where your occupation is not in demand at all.



My recommendation: any course you choose, any way you will have to “do things” for your migration by yourself. To do this, you will need God’s grace and incredible luck, or… solid professional migration strategy that will lead you from point A to point B as quickly as possible.

Of course, if you follow all the recommendations.

Take care of your strategy from the beginning. Believe me, this will make your path to Australian citizenship much easier.

It happens quite often when family people, who plan to start their migration journey from an Australian education, want to bring the entire family (spouse + 1-2-3 children) immediately to solve issues and cope with difficulties together. And this wish is absolutely understandable!

After making that decision, you pay the agent and education, doing some essential work of choosing the course and passing IELTS. There is an unpleasant surprise when you meet a requirement to have medical insurance covering the entire period of study. And you need to pay it upfront, before applying for a visa.

By the way, the cost of insurance can easily exceed 10,000 AUD.


My recommendation: with my clients, I discuss the possible issue with health insurance at the first consultation.

I always advise evaluating all pros and cons to understand whether it is worth bringing a large family and paying some money (including the education of children, tickets, and accommodation) or whether to send a “pioneer” who will open the door to Australia for the whole family.

When the course you have enrolled in (without previous planning) is going to finish, and there are no options for further steps to PR, probably, you absolutely don’t want to leave Australia. At this moment, your favourite educational agent may rescue you with an offer to take one (two, three, four) more useless (for you) courses at the college he is working with. A useless course will bring you “nowhere” and is designed just to provide the students with one more visa.

They certainly do this job very well.


My recommendation: I will not repeat everything from the beginning. I’m sure you’ve already remembered that the first step for efficient education planning in Australia.

So you don’t have to take additional courses or renew your visa.

Love for our pets knows has no barriers. Your pets will happily travel with you around the world, and will support you with honour in your difficult educational journey.

However, let’s turn to the facts: you cannot bring an animal to Australia just simply. Actually, not every animal can be moved to Australia.

It will take about 6 months and around 10,000 AUD to walk with your pet along an amazing Australian beach.

And then…

In case you have to leave Australia, you’ll have to worry again about getting the animal back with you.


My recommendation: please do not consider me an insensitive materialist, but I’ve seen such stories with tears in my eyes in my migration practice.

From the height of my experience, I strongly recommend bringing all dependent family members to a settled place where you will definitely stay, if not forever, then for a very long time.

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