Living and studying in a foreign country means more than leaving family and friends, familiar foods, climate, customs and language; it presents many new, exciting and difficult challenges. Adjusting to your host culture may prove difficult and it is important to be aware that experiencing culture shock is common.
A good way to prepare yourself for your stay in Western Australia is to try and learn as much about Australia and take the time to consider how things may be similar or different to your home culture. If there are large differences, try to understand them so that you can adjust better once you are in Australia. The Council of International Students of Western Australia is a good place to learn some of the cultural differences you are likely to encounter while living in Perth.
If you are planning to bring your dependent children with you to Australia, you will have to consider specific arrangements for their Visas and schooling. In Australia it is compulsory for school-aged children to attend school. For more information check the Department for Immigration and Citizenship's website.
Please not that eligibility for government education of your dependents will vary according to your student visa status. Please see the Education and Training International website for more information.
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