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If you are dreaming of studying abroad, what are main issues you need to know? New customs? New foods? New Currency? Problems with communication? Many Indonesian students find studying in Australia very challenging. Some find it difficult to adjust to the Australian academic life and they feel lonely, depressed, and homesick. Others, however, choose to face the ‘academic shock’ by embracing the new way of education and learning from experiences.
When you study in an Australian university, you can not expect educational stuffs to be exactly the same with those in your university. Australia is different from Indonesia. You will deal with unexpected problems like different academic atmosphere, different attitudes of lecturers and administration staffs, different teaching-learning process and even different ways of making friends.
This paper will look mainly at the way in which you will need to change your perspectives in order study successfully in a university in Australia. It will focus on discussing some issues that any Indonesian student should be aware of while studying in Australia.