Challenges International Students Face While Living in Australia

Challenges International Students Face in Australia

New international students who arrive in Australia are often excited to start their new chapter in life. They come with big dreams and high hopes to build the future career path that they would like to pursue.  

However, their plans are almost always faced with challenges and roadblocks that delays or even halts their plans. In this article, we will be focusing particularly on a couple of these challenges.  


The Education System Is Very Different From We Know in Australia 

This is considered one of the most common challenges that new international students face in Australia. The education system overseas can be very different from Australia. Students struggle to understand how to do proper research and cite references, be an active member of a group assignment or even understanding the course requirements.


Getting the Right Information and Introduction to Life in Australia 

As exciting as living in a new country can be, if you don’t get the right information at the start, life might get tough for you in Australia. New students often struggle with getting around, finding the right places to do their shopping, places to live and organising their paperwork. This is where student orientation programs and guides come in handy.


The Language Barrier 

Learning the English language can be a big challenge. There are different grammar rules and exceptions in English that makes it very difficult for new students to reach a level of fluency that allows them to communicate comfortably with others. 

What makes this language barrier even worse is when students start speaking with locals. They don’t realise that Australians speak fast, and have their own slang, and pronounce and say words differently. Which can be very difficult to understand for non-native speakers. 



How to overcome these challenges? 

GBCA highly recommend international students understand an English language course that helps develop and improve their English language skills for academic, work and social purposes.  

We currently offer:  

These courses focus not only on grammar and speaking skills, but also teaches you how to prepare for your education in Australia, learn how to do research, and cite your references properly.   

If you would like to learn more, get in touch with one of our consultants 




16th Chunhui Cup Launch Ceremony 2021

Chunhui Cup 21
On Thursday 20 May GBCA proudly launched the Melbourne Qualifier for the 16th “Chunhui Cup” Global Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition, aka “Chunhui” Cup.
The Chunhui Cup has been running for 15 years since 2006, and now it has become one of the most prestigious and sought after student innovation and entrepreneurship competitions in China, with qualifiers in over 30 countries. It aims to support young people during their overseas tertiary studies to develop capacity for entrepreneurship and innovation and provide them with opportunities to connect to the wider Chinese product and capital markets. Formed in 2018, the Melbourne Qualifier assists participants to be better prepared for the grand finals in China and helps them build local connections, boosts the domestic ecosystem in Victoria, and helps build productive professional and business links between Victoria and China. It is truly exciting to see our young students and scholars from all universities in Victoria and Tasmania, across all disciplines, working together to develop their entrepreneurial thinking and skills, land gaining valuable experiences in a real world event that offers competitive challenge and opportunities for their future career.
Three distinguished speakers delivered inspiring speeches at the Launch Ceremony of the Melbourne Qualifier. The event was launched by His Excellency Mr LONG Zhou, Chinese Consul General in Melbourne, who tremendously encouraged and motivated students to actively participate in the Melbourne Qualifier to realise their entrepreneurial dreams.
Ms Fiona Letos, Director of International Education, Global Victoria, highlighted that “developing international students entrepreneurial skills is very important to boost their career readiness, which is part of the Victorian governments commitment to international students”. 
Prof. John Dewar, Vice-chancellor and President of La Trobe University, shared his insightful view that “supporting innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities for our students is a mission that has only become more important during the COVID-19 pandemic to stimulate economic activity, create jobs, and help communities to recover from the pandemic.”

Though virtual, the launch ceremony was also attended by representatives from the Victorian Government Jason Fitts, Manager – Asia Global Victoria, Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions

Representatives from the Victorian Universities:

Not-for-profit organisation:
Mr Clive Dwyer, Director of Engagement, Committee for Melbourne

All distinguished members of the judging and mentoring panel:

As well as representatives from the incubators, venture capital companies, students and scholars associations.

Two of last year’s winners gave fantastic testimonials. Miss Yu Fu said: “My team’s business case on modernising a traditional tea business benefited from the great support, advice and mentoring we received. The idea is now a reality with a vibrant company established and invested.” In addition, many participants said that taking parting in the Melbourne Qualifier had been a fruitful journey for them.
We encourage all interested students with a great idea and the commitment to get out of their comfort zone to develop it, to enter (it is free). The winning teams from Victoria and Tasmania will have the chance to go to the global competition finals in China in December. Entries close on 4th July 2021.
Chunhui Cup 21 Launch Ceremony