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After your studies

Returning home can be an anxious time for international students.

Your time in Australia will change you, and you should expect that your friends and family will have changed in your absence. Finding a job or continuing education, living on your own or moving back in with your parents, and catching up with what has been happening in your family and friends’ lives are just some of the things you will have to adjust to. You may even find that you have to readjust to the weather and food.

When it comes time to return home, you may find it useful to attend a returning home seminar run by some institutions. These will cover topics such as resettling, how to get your exam results, making travel arrangements, joining alumni associations, and preparing for your future career. You will need to check with your institution about any returning home support available.

You may find it useful to join an Australian Alumni network. The Australian Government provides help in your country to contact these networks. Some offices help organise alumni functions and assist Australian institutions to conduct in-country graduation ceremonies for international students who have returned home.

Australian Government offices have also been very active in developing Memoranda of Understanding and qualifications recognition between Australia and other countries. They can also advise you where to find information about employment and further study opportunities in Australia and in your country.

Shipping goods

Shipping your personal goods home can be expensive, so compare the cost of shipping by air and sea freight. It’s important to think about the length of time it may take for your belongings to arrive at the other end and any damage that could possibly occur while in transit.

Some suggestions for shipping services include:

It may be possible to take all your belongings home on your flight. It is recommended you get in touch with your airline about luggage restrictions before your departure date.

Just as there restrictions on what you brought into Australia, there are also limitations on what you can send out of Australia. It is important not to post or freight any illegal substances, prohibited or dangerous goods. See Australia Post’s dangerous and prohibited goods and packaging post guide for a list of articles that cannot be posted and restrictions on posting and packaging.

Australia Post recommends that if you are unsure about an item you wish to send out of Australia, you contact the Embassy for that country and seek further advice.

Visa extension

If your student visa expires before you have finished your course of study, you will need to apply for an extension through the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

You may want to extend your stay in Australia for graduation, a holiday, work or migration. Be aware that you can only extend your stay in Australia if you do not have a 'No Further Stay' condition on your current student visa.

For more information on extending your stay in Australia visit www.immi.gov.au

Skilled Migration Program

The Australian Government skilled migration program targets young people who have skills, an education and outstanding abilities that will contribute to the Australian economy. International students with Australian qualifications account for about half the people assessed under the skilled migrant program. For up-to-date information on the program, visit the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s website.


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