Katie Prey 24, England How long have you been in Oz? About three months.

Why did you decide to come to Australia? I had graduated from university a couple of years ago and then went straight into work. I decided I wanted to visit Australia so I thought I might as well further my studies while I was at it.

Are you currently working? Yes I’ve been working over the summer break at a clothing shop in Coogee. I love it, it’s great that I can earn money so I can save up to travel around the country.

How did you get your job? I dropped my resumé around a few places when I got here and was lucky enough to land a job. Will you work when you start your course? Yes, but I have to cut down to 20 hours per week as that’s the maximum I can do on a student visa. I’m hoping it will be enough to sustain the Sydney lifestyle I’ve been leading!

Do you have plans to stay in Australia after you finish your course? Definitely. My goal is to land a role where I can get sponsored and stay in the country. If not, I may continue studying, it’s all too soon to tell at this stage.

Where have you travelled in Oz? I’ve spent the last few months doing the bottom half of Australia. I drove from Sydney all the way to Perth across the Nullarbor Plain and then I flew back. It was amazing.

What’s your favourite place? Most probably Port Lincoln in South Australia where I went diving in a cage with Great White Sharks. The most exhilarating experience ever. That, and running out of petrol in the middle of the desert!  

Where do you want to go next? I would really love to see the Red Centre but the east coast is probably next.

Why would you recommend studying in Oz? Because you can experience the great country and learn something at the same time.