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Practical Matters

Housing

Students live together in comfortable and modern rented beach houses located in the Byron Bay region. Decisions about living arrangements are made by students upon arrival, with 6-­‐7 students sharing a house and students often also sharing rooms with other students. Each of the houses has a television, DVD player and washing machine, and there are often clotheslines outside. All houses have full kitchen facilities and students will be able to cook their own meals. The Byron Bay region is predominately a beachside residential development, with many full-­‐time residents and their families. Due to the familial nature of the community, there is a 10 p.m. noise curfew, and fines apply for excessive noise coming from a house. When in Bali, students will mostly stay in local family-­‐owned homestay accommodation and might also stay in hotels and university dormitories.

Living Expenses and Budget

Students will receive a food allowance of about AUS$200 every two weeks and are free to do their own shopping and cooking, either individually or communally. On the longer field and camping trips (including Bali), food will be provided. In addition, students should make a budget that includes entertainment, adventure activities, shopping, gifts, and still make sure they have some money in case of emergencies. All independent travel, with the exception of field trips and school activities, must be paid for by the student. Overall, students should budget their spending money for the semester to be about US$1000-2000. Australia accepts all major credit cards, such as American Express, Visa and Mastercard.

Students can get cash out from the ATMs around town, though a small fee (usually around US$2) is charged. Cashing traveler's checks requires students to go to a bank with their passports. Before leaving for Australia, students should be aware of the current exchange rate.

Computer & Internet Access

Students are expected to bring their own computers for all course work requirements. Student houses generally do not have a landline Internet connection, but wireless services via mobile broadband will be provided. There are also Internet cafes in Byron Bay and computers in the local library. Students must have adapters to use Australian and Balinese/Indonesian electrical outlets (Bali/Indonesia has the same plug as continental Europe); plugs from the United States will not fit into Australian outlets. The electrical voltage in Australia is 240. If students plan to use their own phone chargers, hair dryers or other appliances from the United States, they will need to purchase a converter, which can be found at most electronics stores in the U.S. and in Australia.

Computer & Internet Access

Students are expected to bring their own computers for all course work requirements. Student houses generally do not have a landline Internet connection, but wireless services via mobile broadband will be provided. There are also Internet cafes in Byron Bay and computers in the local library. Students must have adapters to use Australian and Balinese/Indonesian electrical outlets (Bali/Indonesia has the same plug as continental Europe); plugs from the United States will not fit into Australian outlets. The electrical voltage in Australia is 240. If students plan to use their own phone chargers, hair dryers or other appliances from the United States, they will need to purchase a converter, which can be found at most electronics stores in the U.S. and in Australia.

Visa Information

Students should NOT apply for Australian student visas as these are only for people studying at Australian universities. LIU Global students will need to apply for an ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization). An ETA is equivalent to a visa, but there is no stamp or label in your passport and there is no need for you to visit an Australian diplomatic office to submit an application; it costs AUS$20. Students can apply for an ETA online at www.eta.immi.gov.au and should print the receipt or confirmation of the document to take with them. An ETA is valid for 12 months and allows students to remain in Australia for up to 90 days at a time. When students leave Australia and then return (as they do for their Bali trip), the 90 days start again. For the Bali component of the program, students pay US$25 for a one-month Indonesian Visa on Arrival when they arrive at the airport in Denpasar with their professor. Please note that all of this information pertains to students travelling on a US passport; citizens of other nations should check the relevant immigration department websites of Australia and Indonesia or contact the program director to find out if the same visas and conditions apply.