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Australian Food and Culture

A big concern for many of our students is whether they will ‘survive’ the Australian culture and miss their traditional foods. Rest assured that Australia is a very diverse country and you are bound to find restaurants that cater for your local cuisine and/or get together with others from your countries and cook together. However a big part of studying in Australia is all about learning the culture and joining into the Australian way of life.

Australians have a growing interest in multicultural foods and drinks from across Asia, The Middle East, Europe and Africa and there is a growing awareness of cultural and religious food requirements, such as Halal and Kosher practices. Vegetarianism has gained broader acceptance due to the important role vegetables and vegetable products such as tofu play in Asian, Indian and other international cuisines.

Australian native bush tucker foods remain a novelty. Game meats such as kangaroo, wallaby, emu and crocodile are available as specialty items.

Christmas in Australia, in mid-summer, is likely to involve ‘barbie’ (barbecue), full of seafood and quality steak.

Most students learn to get together and cook in their years at university. This is by far the cheapest and most economical way to get through your studies. The universities we work with have a diverse range of nationalities and as such you are bound to find others from your country or region that you can get together with. Larger cities like Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane etc have a good selection of Kenyan, Nigeria, Ghanaian and Pakistani food outlets and restaurants.