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University in Australia

Hello everyone! Right now, I’m a 3rd year university student in Australia. I went on exchange to Japan, and I realised that university over there is really different. So I wanted to tell you a little about what university is like over here.

One major difference is “job-hunting”. In Australia, job-hunting doesn’t exist. Once we graduate, we can usually find a job within a month or so. We might do internships, but we might have no experience in our field whatsoever. To job-hunt for a year or so sounds impossible to us. I was also really surprised to hear that you all have to wear a suit and have your hair done exactly the same way. It sounds really tough!

Another difference between Australian and Japanese universities is the nightlife. When I went on exchange to Japan we went to an izakaya to talk with our friends. Actually, I think this is a really nice way to spend an evening. In Australia, a lot of people go to clubs or bars and dance past 2AM. At first it’s fun, but it gets old fast. So personally, I prefer an izakaya where you can actually talk with your friends instead of just dancing.

The final difference between Australian and Japanese universities is the number of classes you must attend. In Australia, we only go to university for 2-3 hours at a time, for maybe 3-4 days a week if we’re first-year students. But I heard that in Japan, you have to go there 8 hours a day, 4-5 days a week if you’re a first year student. I don’t know if this is true or not, but when I stayed in Japan I did go to university from 8AM-4PM so I guess it’s true. If not, let me know!

Well, that’s it from me! I hope you all have a lovely start to the week. See you later!

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