You know you can’t leave Australia when…

How do you know when Australia becomes home? Here are 6 hints that you can’t just ignore:

1/ When all you can wear now are thongs and shorts…

… You definitely can’t live like that back home !

2/ When you became addicted to coffee…

…Let’s be honest, there’s no better coffee elsewhere !

3/ When you’re cold below 25°C…

… A bit windy, isn’t it ?


4/ When 90% of your conversations are « yeah mate »

… right mate ?


5/ When all you can eat for brekkie now is avocado on toast…

… Or Eggs Benedict on Sundays

6/ When you just want to stay in Australia because you think Australia is just awesome.

Contact Francaustralia Downunder if you want some advice on how to stay here !


5 reasons to choose Francaustralia among all other education agencies

Australia is the best place to study. Hence there are a lot of education agencies that can help you finding the right studies for you. However, Francaustralia is the best. Here are the 4 reasons why.

1/ It’s free!

We know backpackers and students don’t have much money. No problem! Our advice is 100% free for you.

2/ We have many different schools partners

We know you guys have different objectives. Some of you want to study seriously and get a good and recognised diploma. Some of you just want a student visa that will allow you to stay in Australia. We have the answers for any project.


3/ We can work from anywhere

We have an office in Paris and Brisbane so we can meet you if you’re there. If you’re far away from us, no worries! We can work on your project from anywhere by email and skype.


4/ Study in any sector

Beauty, Engineering, Business, Construction, General English, Preparation for IELTS… We’ve got any courses you want! You just need to ask.

5/ We’ve been doing it for a long time…

We have been advising students for 16 years! You can definitely trust us.

Why is Australia such a great place to study?

Australia attracts half a million international students each year.

What makes Australia such a nice place to study?

1/ You can study AND make international friends

Australia attracts students from all over the world. In one class you can find chinese, latino, european, thai, indian, arabic people… It’s not only the Australian culture that you’re going to learn about! You’ll make friends from all over the world, which is great for your professional network as well.

2/ You can study AND travel

Australia is great to study but it’s also amazing for tourism. The academic calendar will allow you some time to go and explore the country. Who wants to go on a road trip ?

3/ You can study AND make money

A student visa allows you to work 40 hours every fortnight and with no limit during holidays, which is a great opportunity to make some extra pocket money.

4/ Free advice on your studies

In Australia, lots of education agencies can help you to choose the right studies. Francaustralia Downunder does it for free ! Come and meet us in our office in Brisbane or contact us on Facebook 😉

What to send to your family for Christmas?

Christmas is coming! Lights and Christmas trees are everywhere now and that’s a time when you miss your family the most. Being far away in this period is not easy as an international student. Here are 3 ideas of Aussie gifts to send to your family to remind them that being far away doesn’t mean you forget them.

1- The naughty present

Send them a bottle of wine for Christmas! But them send some goon… Oh wait, what ? It’s not April Fool ? Sorry, send them a great bottle of wine from Western Australia then 😉

2- The useful present

If your are from the northern hemisphere, your family is spending Christmas in the cold. Send them a bunch of Pawpaw cream for their poor lips! It’s useful, light to send, and cheap!

3- The surprising present

You probably already know this one.

4- The yummy present

You can’t go wrong with Tim Tam!

5- The safe present

The safe presents are Australian Christmas cards! It is safe because it’s cheap and you are sure that your family will be happy to receive cute koalas and Santa in the sun!


If you don’t have the chance to go home for Xmas, don’t feel alone! Lots of events are organised between international students 🙂

Combine English Class & job for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast!

Our partner school Browns located in Gold Coast offers casual jobs to its students for the Commonwealth Games that will take place in April 2018 in Gold Coast!

The school offers:

  • 250 jobs available
  • Type of jobs : cleaning in the the athletes towns
  • Shifts mainly between 7am and 3pm but afternoon & evening shifts also available
  • From 19th of March until 20th of April 2018. Depending on availabilities, you can also start from 26th of April and finish on the 30th of April.
  • Wage : minimum $AU22.86/hour

Other advantages:

  • Free Transportation: One GoCard will be offered to all workers during the period of the Games. You’ll then be able to travel in Queensland
  • Food included during your shifts
  • You’ll receive a reference letter at the end of the job

If you want to be eligible for the job you need to enrol for minimum 8 weeks of English Courses at Browns English Language. Get in touch with us quickly! The offer is available for any enrolment received before 13th of December 2017.

15 slang words you need to know in Australia

Australia is famous for its slang and its own expressions. Here are 15 words & expressions that you need to know to survive in Oz.

1- Well, « Oz »

Meaning Australia. You can also hear « Straya » or « Downunder ».

2- « No Worries »

Aussies use it all the time. It means « no problem », « don’t worry » or « you’re welcome »

3- « Aussie »


4- « Maccas » 

If you’re a real backpacker, you should know what « Maccas » means. It’s Mcdonald’s.

5- « Sunnies »

Don’t forget to put some sunscreen and to wear your sunnies (= sunglasses) in Straya.

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6- « Avo »

Avocado, simple, straightforward.

7- « Arvo »

To not be confused with « Avo ». « Arvo » means Afternoon.

8- « Barbie »

We’re not talking about a doll here. « Barbie » means « Barbecue ».

9- « Roo »


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10- « Brekkie »

Coffee + bacon & eggs = Brekkie (Breakfast)

11- « Brissy »

Capital of Queensland, Brisbane!

12- « Kiwi »

Aussies’ friends : New Zealanders

13- « Ciggie »

Little hunt: it’s very expensive.

14- « Ta »

Don’t be surprised, you’ll hear it often as a waiter/barista.. It simply means « Thank you »

15- « Mate »

Last but not least, « Mate » means « buddy », « friend ». You’ll hear it in average 3000 times a day!


Ta for reading mate!

5 tips for backpackers to save money in Australia

Backpackers often struggle with money. Lucky you, Francaustralia – Downunder has 5 tips to help you save money in Australia !

1/ Tuna Tuna Tuna & Tuna

Tuna is your best friend on a roadtrip. It’s cheap (80 cents à Coles !), healthy and easy to store in your van. It doesn’t even need to be heated up. Perfect.

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2/ Eat Dominos pizza for lazy nights

After a party at the Downunder bar, you WILL be hungry. Forget about expensive kebabs. Just head to the closest Dominos pizzas and get one of their delicious $5 pizza. Quite big, pretty tasty, and very cheap.

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3/ Prefer Markets vs. Supermarkets

Veggies and fruits are usually really expensive at Coles & Woolworth. Go to your local market and buy them from your local farmers. Much better and less expensive.

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4/ Buy (Almost) expired products

If you have to go to Coles and Woolworth, wait at least for the end of the day. You will get lots of discounts from the products that will expire the day after. They’re still really yummy and your wallet is so much happier !

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5/ Go to Suitcase rummages

Forget about H&M and Zara. Go to the suitcase rummages in your city and buy some second hand clothes for $1 or $2/item. You’ll save some money and offer some money to some other backpackers 😉

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3 questions all our students ask

Lots of backpackers ask for a student visa when their working holiday visa expire, so they can stay in Oz a bit longer. Here are the 3 questions that they all ask before they get their visa.

1/ Are there any working restrictions?

Yes, as a student you can work up to 40 hours per fortnight. However you can work as much as you want when during holidays. You can also work for more than 6 months for the same company.


2/ Do I have to leave the country to get my student visa?

No, you can apply for a student visa while being in Australia, except if you are holding one of these visas:

  • Domestic Worker (Temporary) Diplomatic and Consular visa (subclass 426)
  • Temporary Work (International Relations) visa (subclass 403) in the Domestic Worker (Diplomatic or consular) stream
  • Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (subclass 995) – primary visa holder only. This means a family member of a Diplomatic (Temporary) visa (subclass 995) can apply for a Student visa in Australia.
  • Transit visa (subclass 771)
  • Visitor visa (subclass 600) in the Sponsored Family stream or in the Approved Destination Status stream


3/ What is OSHC?

OSHC stands for Overseas Student Health Cover. It is compulsory except if you are :

  • a Norwegian student covered by the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme
  • Swedish student covered by Kammarkollegiet
  • a Belgian student covered under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia.

If you need any advice about the student visa in Australia, contact Francaustralia!


The 5 best places that all students need to know in Brisbane

Every year, many students choose Brisbane to study. The Capital city of Queensland is trying hard to make Brisbane an attractive students’ city. Here are the 5 best spots toto sit down and study hard!

1- The Edge

Located in South Bank, 5 minutes walk from the Cultural Center, The Edge is the perfect place to study. With an unlimited access to the Internet, its great view, its yummy café & its comfy chairs, the Edge is a place where entrepreneurs and students can focus on their projects. The Edge has a 3D printer, a recording studio, Macs, and access to Book ahead of time to make sure you get a seat because it can become quite busy! 

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2- State Library of Queensland

If The Edge is too busy, just walk 5 minutes and go to the SLQ. You will be able to study in a quiet area with an access to wifi and to lots and lots of books & online ressources. If you need to have a meeting, you can also book a group room with white boards to brainstorm and write all your great ideas!

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3- The University of Queensland

If you’re looking for a peaceful place to study, don’t hesitate and go to UQ. You have the choice between going to the quiet Duhig Building or get a coffee and study on the roof top café. Another option is to sit down in the grass under the shade of a tree and read your books among many other students.

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4- Kangaroo Point Cliffs

On sunny days, choose the cliffs! Study and enjoy the best view of Brisbane at the Cliff Café. Sit down, order a coffee and study hard thanks to the free wifi.

5- OfficeWorks

Did you know that the cheapest way of printing documents is to go to OfficeWorks? You’ll also find all the stationary you need there. Print your thesis and all kind of reports at OfficeWorks to save some money.

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If you need advice about studying in Australia, come and meet us in the city!
Francaustralia –  Level 4, Suite 403, 180 Queen Street