People and Culture in Australia

If I had to provide just 5 takeaways, they would be as follows:
1. BE PRESENT! You may not anticipate the amount of cultural differences you will face in Australia, but don’t get caught up in comparing everything to America. Embrace the culture because it’s so precious to be able to do so! […]
2. When it comes to academics abroad, don’t panic… It will be different than what you are used to, but you will adapt. If you are struggling, ask for help… whether it is from staff at Newcastle, your home university, or the lovely CIS abroad crew! […]
3. Prioritize the places you want to see while you’re in that corner of the world! Time will go by quickly and it’s best to make the most of it. If there’s somewhere you want to get to while you’re in Australia, get there! It’s that simple.
4. Stay true to yourself. You WILL be exposed to a different culture and it’s up to you to figure out what you do/don’t like about it. While, of course, it’s great to immerse yourself in whatever presents itself to you, it’s more than okay to not like it and never want to partake in it again. You will learn so much about yourself on this adventure!!
5. Be aware. Be kind. Throw the judgement out the window… You are not going to be the only international student in Newcastle, I promise. Consider that there are others in your position and they may handle things differently than you. Also, do not be afraid to make new friendships with people from all backgrounds. Put yourself out there and make connections with people on this journey.”
#CISAlumniTip: Abigail Little, Semester in Newcastle, Full year 2017 & Spring 2018.


Remember how your parents used to tell you to keep your elbows off the table during meals? Or that it’s rude to slurp your soup? Well there’s good news guys, these American cultures and customs don’t always translate to other countries! While the local people you meet won’t expect you to be fluent in their culture and customs, it is important to familiarize yourself with them.

In Australia the official language is English, but you’d be surprised how many slang terms you’ll come across that are different from American English:


The most important thing to remember while you’re abroad is that things will be different. But, different doesn’t mean wrong. Be open, be curious, and read more about the culture you will be stepping into. Get excited about LIVING the life you’ve only dreamt and read about until now!

#CISabroadtip: Do some more research into Australian Culture you’ll experience while abroad.