554 Aussie Tips

Senem gives advice about going to Australia.

Shaun: Hi, you're senum, am I right?

Senum: That's right. And you're Shaun?

Shaun: Yeah, yeah. I'm from Canada and I heard that you're from Australia.

Senum: Yep. That's right.

Shaun: Ah, that's great because I'm thinking of going to Australia on an exchange, but I'm not sure where to go, or what universities to go to, or even which city I should be looking at.

Senum: Well, what time of the year will you be going to Australia?

Shaun: I'm thinking of going between November and February.

Senum: Oh, that's a great season. It's very hot then.

Shaun: Yeah, I expected that it would be summer down there.

Senum: It is.

Shaun: So which cities would you recommend for, well, a good atmosphere, or a good university?

Senum: Um, I would recommend in Melbourne for sure, only because I'm from Melbourne, and the weather is actually pretty nice in Melbourne. It's not that hot at, during the day, and it's not that cold at nighttime. One of the main universities in Melbourne is Monash University. It's well known for it's business courses. Um, it's a little bit expensive but if you, you can also receive scholarships from Monash.

Shaun: Well, Monash, um, I'm actually interested with something to do with architecture, so I mean, I look at the Sydney Opera House, and I'm wondering if there's anything that would teach me architecture, just kind of like, how they designed the Opera House.

Senum: I see. RMIT is well know for architecture course so, I would suggest RMT, for sure, in Melbourne.

Shaun: RUMIT. Great I'll look it up when I get there.

Senum: Alright.

Shaun: Um, you said that Monash University was expensive, but how about RIT?

Senum: RMIT

Shaun: RMIT?

Senum: Yes.

Shaun: Ah, how much is that per year?

Senum: Um, it's not as expensive as Monash. RMIT is located in the city so it's easy to get by through trams and trains and buses, and it's not that expensive for transportation and housing is pretty cheap, especially if you do homestay, you'll find that it will be really cheap, um, good luck.

Shaun: Great. Does RMIT have a web site that I can look at?

Senum: It does. Just go to www.rmit.edu.au.

Shaun: Alright. I'll get that.

Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

should be looking at

I'm not sure where to go, or what universities to go to, or even which city I should be looking at.

If you 'should be looking at' something, then it is a good idea to focus your attention on it.  In the example sentence, the speaker doesn't know which city to focus his attention on.  Notice the following:

  1. He should be looking at the big picture, but all he can think about is tomorrow.
  2. I should be looking at different cars to rent, but I just want to play video games.

well known

It's well known for it's business courses.

If a place is 'well known' for business courses, then it is popular and esteemed for these particular courses.  Notice the following:

  1. France is well know for its beautiful women.
  2. He is a very well known author of children's books.


You can also receive scholarships from Monash.

A 'scholarship' is money that is given by an institution to pay for an exceptional student's studies.  Scholarships can be given for academics, athletics, personal background, etc.  Notice the following:

  1. She applied for a $5,000 scholarship, but she is still waiting for a response.
  2. He received a full scholarship as a basketball player.


It's not that expensive for transportation and housing is pretty cheap.

'Housing' is a place to live.  It can be a house, apartment, room or dormitory.  Notice the following:

  1. Her housing cost was increasing every year.
  2. He decided to stay another year in dormitory housing.


Especially if you do homestay.

When you live with another family, usually in a different country, this is called a 'homestay.' Notice the following:

  1. She was in a homestay program for three months during the summer.
  2. His homestay in Ecuador was a wonderful experience.


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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
looking • known • scholarship
housing • homestay
  1. He was offered a to play tennis for a really good university.
  2. I have organized a for the first month I am in Thailand, then I will look for an apartment.
  3. The lead in the movie is a very well actor, but I can't remember his name.
  4. She needs to get a new car, but she doesn't even know what she should be at.
  5. What kind of do you have now? Are you still in the dorm?