When you first arrive in Sydney, and come to SIBT, you will notice a different culture compared to what you are accustomed to. But if you are flexible, adaptable and engage with our community, then you will find it easier to adapt to our culture.
You will go through a few phases once you arrive. The first will be of joy and excitement, as you are kicking off a new journey with your studies. The next phase is of unsureness as you start interacting with the new culture. It is completely new to you and understandable as it happens to almost every new international student studying in Australia. A bit of homesickness might occur and you will be unsure on how you should behave. The final phase is adaption, as you adjust and become accustomed to the Australian culture. You will understand how to behave and integrate the Australian culture as part of your life.
There are a few things you can do to help integrate into the Australian culture. Before you head on over to Sydney, Australia, we recommend that you do a bit of research into the Australian culture. To get you started, you should know that in Australia we have a laidback outlook on life with a ‘no worries’ attitude, a strong spirit of friendship and a love for sports! Once you are in Sydney, you should take the time to meet new people and form new friendships. At SIBT, we can help you connect with other students as we have multiple activities weekly which many students attend. You can also join in clubs and societies, in and off campus, as a way to meet new people. With this new culture, it is important that you take the time to adjust as you will experience both highs and lows.
Culture is in the DNA of SIBT with our students coming from many different countries and speaking a variety of languages. Prayer facilities are available on campus for students to utilise.
The culture of SIBT itself is friendly, caring, and supportive. We actually like to call SIBT our second home as it’s a place where you can make lifelong memories.