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12 ways volunteering can benefit you as an international studentTuesday, 14 Nov 2017

Have you thought about volunteering? Maybe not. Paid employment is understandably a priority but volunteering may offer benefits you may not have thought of. Volunteer roles help international students integrate better and more quickly into their community and is also a great way to get to know the local culture, language, make friends and new contacts. You can also list volunteer experiences on your resume as this experience is valued highly by prospective employers.

Melbourne Cup day fun at APC: Tuesday 7 NovemberMonday, 6 Nov 2017

You may have heard of the Melbourne Cup from your teachers or perhaps from adverts posted around the city but if you weren't in Australia last year you may not know anything about what happens on this day.

R U OK? Day: 14th September 2017Thursday, 14 Sep 2017

Life as an international student can be challenging at times. Dealing with loneliness and homesickness, not to mention having to work out how to navigate new surroundings, can be overwhelming. You need to take steps to avoid being, and feeling isolated, so make sure you ask for help: Ask at APC Student Services or Reception for assistance; talk to new people and try to connect.

Social media can actually be good for usTuesday, 12 Sep 2017

Social media gets a bad rap a lot of the time but research shows that it can be a positive thing. Obviously you can have too much of the good things in life but as this infographic shows below, using social media in the right way can have a positive effect on your life.

Meet Patrizia: APC Student, Yoga Teacher & Founder of Wild Yogi! (Part 2)Thursday, 7 Sep 2017

In part two of our interview with Patrizia, we asked about her clothing label, Wild Yogi and how it was successfully launched.

Free apps for improving your EnglishThursday, 31 Aug 2017

Do you have a spare few minutes travelling to school or work?

Travel tips: Best day trips from Australian citiesTuesday, 29 Aug 2017

If you want to see more of Australia apart from the major cities, here are some suggestions below in an article found on

Australian farmstay experiences for students Thursday, 24 Aug 2017

Rural visits and country holidays are an underrated Australian experience and are often overlooked in favour of the Australian beach experience. Admittedly the beaches and coastal areas are hard to beat, which is why a large percentage of international visitors tend to choose the beautiful scenic coastline, ocean views and water sports Australia is renowned for. Not so many visitors think of venturing much further inland to see what rural Australia has to offer. But there are many farms in Australia that host guests so that they can experience what it is like to live on the land in Australia. Farmstay holidays are a fantastic experience if you want to immerse yourself in a bit of Australian agricultural life and are thoroughly enjoyable for all ages, not just children. Some of the activities you can take part in are:

Conversation tips that will make small talk fun Tuesday, 22 Aug 2017

Starting a conversation, mingling or making small talk in your own language can be difficult enough but it's probably one of the hardest things to do when it's in a language that's not your native tongue. Some people seem to be naturally good at it but it's something that, with a bit of practice, you can become good at it.

How to create new habits and thought patternsThursday, 17 Aug 2017

Are you trying to form new habits or banish negative thinking? Below are 3 sets of slides for a dose of inspiration and motivation.

Learn English conversation from native speakersFriday, 11 Aug 2017

Do you get much of a chance to hear native speakers have conversations and make small talk? As much as the classroom tries to simulate natural native speaker conversation, it doesn't compare to the real thing. You also need to practise outside the classroom.

Meet Lenka, APC Travel studentTuesday, 8 Aug 2017

In this post we feature a story about a Czech student's journey of studying and living in Melbourne. Lenka, who is currently studying at APC, recalls her childhood dream of coming to Australia to start a kangaroo farm! She has had some ups and downs, especially upon arrival in this foreign land but persevered. She has now found lots of great teachers and friends through her studies and workplace, and life as an international student is "the best idea (she has) ever had."

Travel tips: Backpack in AustraliaThursday, 3 Aug 2017

Are you planning to travel in Australia but need some tips and inspiration? Talking to locals and other students is a great way to find out information and advice so that you know what to expect and what to plan for. Australia is a vast country and has such varied terrain ranging from desert, tropical islands, snowy mountains and beaches, and travellers are spoilt for choice.

10 tips and a YouTube video on how to build resilience Tuesday, 1 Aug 2017

Life as an international student should be exciting and fun but it also has many challenges.

4 tips for skiing in Australia on a student budget Friday, 28 Jul 2017

Although Australia is not known for its skiing, many people are surprised that you can actually ski in winter in a few parts of Australia. Obviously it's too warm in the northern parts but the south eastern states of Australia have several ski fields, and yes - it can be quite expensive. If you're a skier in your home country you may miss the snow and may want your fix of skiing. If you're a beginner and have never been, Australia is a great place for beginners! Below 

How to save money and save the environment at the same timeFriday, 21 Jul 2017

You may have heard in the news recently that Australia's major supermarkets have banned the single use plastic bag. They will be phased out over the next twelve months and although it's a while away yet, it's great to get into the habit anyway of bringing your own reusable shopping bags for the environment's sake.

Attitude or Aptitude?Tuesday, 11 Jul 2017

There is a new barista where I get my coffee every morning.  He makes a good coffee and is competent at this craft. However, he doesn’t look up or smile or acknowledge my existence nor the customers before or after me. The old barista not only made a good coffee, but knew my name and already had my coffee ready by the time I got to the cashier. This gave us time to have our usual morning banter and now I am left feeling that there is something “missing”; a hollowness from my narcissistic craving for attention.  In the last few weeks I’ve noticed that the “regulars” have been replaced with a smaller number of new faces.