Be an Aussie, when you are in Australia

Hyderabad, June 20, 2019. Telugus top in the number of Indian students going to Australia for higher studies. As more and more students travel abroad for studies, there is more need to teach them to adjust to a cross-culture so that they don’t get cultural shock and settle comfortably.

Be the Roman, when you are in Rome, goes the saying.  You need to be an Aussie when you are in Australia. According to the city based, India’s one of the top Overseas Educational Consultants, Global Tree, nearly twelve to fifteen thousand Telugu students are going each year to Australia alone. This is something a new trend emerged in the recent past.

Why is adjusting to Cross Culture is important?

See what happened to an Indian couple in Norway a couple of years ago?  Not knowing what their laws were, the couple jailed by their court there for abusing their child. All the parents did was ‘they told the boy not to wet the bed.  They told him if he did that again, he would be sent back to India. The boy who went to school the next day was sounded very dull.  On seeing his dullness, the teacher enquired the reason. The boy narrated everything. The teacher complained to the police and police booked the couple under the Child abuse Case and subsequently, the court sent them to jail for 15 months or so!

In an anohter case which happened very recently in Melbourne in Australia.  A girl from Khairatabad in Hyderabad went to Melbourne to pursue her MS in Engineering. Though she belonged to a wealthy family in the past, things have gone wrong, and the family was going through the financial crisis. With great difficulty, the family managed to send their daughter to help her realize her dream of studying in Australia.  One day she was traveling in a local train. The train was empty.  She was busy with her mobile. And unmindfully she kept her feet on the opposite side seats which was empty.  That was noticed by a ticket collector and fined her 400 Australian Dollars.

Therefore from these two incidents and so many other incidents, it is very important that be it students or employees who travel abroad on work or for studies need to learn their culture, practices, laws and adhere to them strictly.

We have asked representatives of twenty Australian Universities who have conducted Admission Day this at Global Tree in the city.  What are the Dos and Don’t’s for international students visiting Australia?

You must know that Australia is a big country. India is about two times smaller than Australia. Australia is approximately 7,741,220 sq km, while India is approximately 3,287,263 sq km. In population, India is much more than Australia one needs to fix this in mind said, Srikar Alapati, Managing Director of Global Tree.

One needs to understand the Australian Road Rules. They are very strict. Drunken Driving is a big crime informs Ms. Smitha Shankar of Global Tree, Manager Non-USA.

Students need to focus on studies rather than part time jobs etc. Then otherwise studies become secondary and earning becomes a primary interest.

D. Rakesh, who is pursuing M. S in Aviation, says, 'Thank you' and 'sorry' are essential in your everyday vocabulary to show courtesy to others. Right of way. Either driving or walking, give way to others.  Work within the regulated number of hours as per your visa entitlements. Exceeding may attract deportation.  Carry your local Indian driving license; you don't necessarily need an international license.

Carrying a Travel card is recommended says Rakesh. Also a Bank account can be opened from India which will be a lot useful. This enables you to transfer money overseas even before you arrive here. Your passport is the most essential proof of identity until you secure any social identity proofs.

Don't bother carrying too many Indian groceries. There are plenty of well established Indian convenience stores here.  No copy pasting. Australian universities like many other international universities have strict rules pertaining to plagiarism.

Don't be lured by peers or any other educational consultancies suggesting you shift your admission to a lower grade university for monetary savings. This will affect your quality of education, he says.

Ensure that your mobile, electricity, gas and other payments are made on time. This helps you have a good credit score which is beneficial in the future informs Rakesh.

Australia is expensive.  You need to plan your finances accordingly.  It will have many attractions. You shouldn’t lose your focus.  Some Indian students go crazy after cars.  They buy cars, expensive ones, without their parents' knowledge.  One needs to be careful about it informed Kalyan Mohan from Tasmania University..

The climate in Australia is different from India.  You need to know about it well and take care accordingly, added another representative.

Do cook at home says Treasa of South Cross University. Eating out every day is a definite shortcut to obesity. So cooking is the cheapest and healthiest way of living abroad.

Shares an Indian, who wants to be anonymous now lives in Australia and who was victim of loneliness says one thing you will experience in Australia is loneliness. Don’t fall prey to homesickness. Nobody will have time for others there. You need to make good friends with whom you can spend some quality time, talk to them.  Get connected to Indian communities there.  Do network. The more contacts you have, the more likely you are to find a good job faster, she informed.

You need to know a little bit of Australian Etiquette and Culture.  A handshake and a smile will go a long way. Hi, Hello, G'Day (good day) is an excellent way to greet people in Australia Lisa from another Australian University, informs

Srikar says, Aussies prefer to use first names, even at the initial meeting, so greeting them by the first name is not considered rude or improper.   "Mate" is a common way of casually addressing friends, male or female (Hey mate, what are your plans?)

If you are friendly with Aussies, you may get few invitations to an Aussie home for a party or BBQ in Australia. It is always advisable to be on time. Sometimes you have to carry your alcoholic beverages, and beef too informs a family who spent

two decades in Australia and who lives now in India.  Always check with your host if they would like you to bring something along with you to the party.

Raghu, a city, based Dining Etiquette expert who is familiar with Australian Dining Etiquette says as far as dining etiquette is concerned Fork in the left hand and knife in the right side is excellent and works well. That is how food is eaten there. Follow the rule.  It is advisable to use a fork, spoon to eat food, unless you are forced to eat food by hand, Elbows off the table and hands above the table is a good table etiquette not only practiced in Australia but everywhere.

Whenever you want to meet, somebody takes an appointment and stick to the same informs Srikar.  Business dress is considered conservative in Australia.   A dark colored, the traditional business suit is deemed to be fine for men and smart dress or business suit for the women, she adds.

If you follow these and more, you are socially acceptable well into Australian culture.  Be an Aussie, when you are Australia and win Australian hearts, informs Rajesh of Global Tree.

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