"Best" bank in Australia
by rich (Login rxmanusa)

I'll be attending Flinders medical school in February. As I will be new to Australia, I would like to ask those of you from there about the "best" bank to open an account. To me, the "best" bank would have the following characteristics: (1) Most ATM machines so that you can easily access your money, (2) special student plans (no fee or low fee banking), (3) no fee checking account, (4) unlimited (or close to it) ATM transactions, etc... To those of you who are from Flinders University or just live in the Adelaide area, what are your suggestions? Your advice would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

Posted on Nov 5, 2001, 6:53 PM
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ANZ
by Joe (Login joechan)

In general ANZ would be the better one for you if you have got lots of overseas transaction, somehow it just takes them one or two days to get your money. However, I think the bank that's got the most ATM is the National bank of Australia. But for exchange rate, St George has got the best exchange rate either way around. I have got bank account in all three banks and take advantage of what each has got to offer. Commmonwealth bank of Australia is a very complicated bank in my experience.


Posted on Nov 6, 2001, 9:41 AM
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what about queensland?
by *** (Login rsk77) [email protected]

A lot of info on Flinders and some on USyd, but anyone have any experiences to share about Queensland?
Thanks for the help,
***

Posted on Oct 23, 2001, 4:00 PM
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why queensland?
by joe (Login joechan)

They don't take MCAT, they only take GAMSAT. And it's not like it is better than the other two. So no need to stress yourself out on GAMSAT. That's why most North American students don't consider queensland at all.

Posted on Oct 23, 2001, 7:15 PM
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that's wrong
by *** (Login rsk77)

Check the website, they do accept MCAT from international students, 8/8/8/M, just like the rest.
Perhaps GAMSAT only was an old policy, but it hasn't been for this year's applicants

Posted on Oct 24, 2001, 6:05 AM
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Untitled
by Anonymous (Login castaway54)

hey *** noticed you were applying to Flinders for 2002. Did you get a response from them? I sent them an application in Aug--late--and they just informed me that their class starting in 2002 was filled and that they were not optimistic people would decline to go. Are you considering Qnslnd for 2002? I am not sure they are approved for US federal aid. Good luck.

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by *** (Login rsk77)

ya, I got the same line from Flinders, actually they have too many students who accepted offers. I've my Queensland interview next week, so I'm excited about that. About U.S Aid, it doesn't matter much to me since I'm Canadian, but I really don't know the status of Queensland regarding U.S loans.



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by Ahsan (Login castaway54)

Hey it's good to know you're still in the running for 2002. Where else did you interview? Is Flinders offering you early decision admission for 2003? Good luck.

Posted on Oct 25, 2001, 2:34 PM
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by *** (Login rsk77)

i was told that early admission was a possibility, but I haven't interviewed with them yet, so who knows.

Posted on Oct 28, 2001, 1:25 PM
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oh sorry
by joe (Login joechan)

I didn't know they have recently changed their policy. The last time I checked was about 3 years ago. That's why I didn't even list it as preference.

Posted on Oct 24, 2001, 7:38 PM
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how long for visa
by wade (Login wmg)

I am starting Flinders GEMP in Feb and was wondering if anyone could share their experience with Visa issues. How long did it take after getting the paperwork did you have a the visa? What is the longest part of the application process? And finally - any tips for facilitating the process? Thanks to all.

Posted on Oct 9, 2001, 1:29 PM
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here's what I know so far
by Amber (Login tree_sap) [email protected]

Hi Wade.
That visa application took forever! I was running all over town for a few days getting all the required tests and X-rays.

I finally sent it all in sometime last week and requested that my passport be returned before the holidays. I chose a specific date because I will be traveling for Christmas/New Years and would like to have it early in case there are problems. This week I actually got a call from the embassy letting me know that it is impossible to issue the visa more than 6 weeks from the start date of the program. So the program begins on 29/01/02 they can't issue it until 18/12/01. The message on the embassy hotline said it is taking about 3 months to process applications for students staying more than 12 months, so hopefully they won't lose my passport in the next two months!

I know that wasn't really helpful because I haven't actually received my visa yet...but that is what I have learned so far!

See you in January!
Amber

Posted on Oct 13, 2001, 11:58 AM
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fast for me
by joe (Login joechan)

I was applying for the visas at the Australian embassy in L.A. I got it in less than 1 week!!! I gave them all the documents in person on Monday and got an express mail with the visas by Thursday. I guess it depends on the applications they were processing. When I got there, the place looked dead, nobody was waiting in line and this is Los Angeles!!!




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Joe is right
by ATF (Login ATF)

I applied for a visa through the Los Angeles embassy, and within a week I received my passport stamped with the visa. Trying to get all the health applications taken care of was the only pain. Maybe you should send the visa application to the australian embassy in Los Angeles.
By the way, Who here is going to Flinders, and where are you from? I am from San Diego.

Posted on Nov 7, 2001, 11:47 AM
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by saleibel (Login saleibel)

ATF I'm going to FLnders in Febuary and going through the Loan and Visa process right now... I filled out the FASFA and they sent me an SAR. I am supposed to send that to Flinders.I got the visa application, but I'm not sure if it's the right one. I am from San Diego as well and wouldn't mind having someone else to talk to about getting prepared. You can email me at [email protected] .com if you want to contact.

Posted on Nov 8, 2001, 11:51 AM
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EMAIL?
by ATF (Login ATF)

Hello,
Is that your correct email address? I just tried to send you an email and it was returned with a notice stating that the addy you posted does not exist.

Send me your addy when you get the chance.



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Flinders So-Cal
by Steve Manyak (Login sjmanyak)

Hello Joe,
I'm attending Flinders this upcoming year, and I am from L.A. I thought it would be cool to get to know some fellow So-Cal folk going to Flinders before we get to the Land Down Under. It might make the transition a little smoother. By the way, are you as confused about the whole financial aid - loan stuff as I am? I don't know what's going on, and I'm starting to get a little worried about it. Cheers and No Worries, Mate.

Steve

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whats up?
by wade (Login wmg)

there seems to be some discrepancy here gang. amber and I have been told that visas are not issued this far in advance by the same embassy joe and atf say they have recieved visas. i spoke to them today and they swear up and down that no one has recieved visas to commence studies in february. what gives?

Posted on Nov 8, 2001, 12:37 PM
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Believe me
by ATF (Login ATF)

I have my passport stamped with the Visa sticker sitting right here in front of me. It says australian Visa, multiple travel, good til 31 Jan 06. It cost $161 plus 15.50 for a Fedex return. I told the embassy I needeed it back by the first week of December for other travel purposes. Just send in your application and see what happens. By the way, which embassy did you call?

Posted on Nov 8, 2001, 12:53 PM
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UNSW
by serenity (Login serenity592)

Does anyone have any info on the six year med program at the University of New South Wales? Is it decent? Which are the better programs in Australia? I'll be applying right out of high school so I'm looking for the combined programs. Thanks.

Posted on Oct 4, 2001, 7:10 PM
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by Anonymous (Login scyma)

Medicine at UNSW is primarily didactic teaching. Unlike other courses, which emphasise PBL and self-directed learning, UNSW uses an 'old school' approach, where you are spending a lot of time in lectures than learning.

You will need to have a 99.7 TER if you are an Aussie.

If I had a choice, I would rather go to another university, like Sydney or Newcastle, which will better prepare you for the workforce.

Posted on Oct 4, 2001, 8:37 PM
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great school
by joe (Login joechan)

If you were to go to UNSW, then you will be graduating from medical school when you are 23 or something. That's awesome!!! Sometimes UNSW is considered the best medical school in australia. And don't even worry about residency. You will have absolutely no problem getting one from UNSW. A girl I know who did the same thing from University of Sydney and she is a resident now in UCIrvine at the age of 22 or 23. I am not sure which specialty, I think it was internal med. She picked UCI because she was from orange county. She had an easy time getting there. So if I were to do it all over again, I would skip all the ** and graduate as soon as possible.

Posted on Oct 7, 2001, 4:48 PM
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technical colleges near flinders uni
by rp (Login rpark26)

i'm going to be attending flinders uni med in feb/02 and i'll be going with my gf and she is looking for a technical college that she can attend which is close to flinders uni. for those of you who are familiar with the adelaide/bedford park area, which technical college is the closest to flinders uni? thank you.

Posted on Sep 23, 2001, 10:30 AM
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Untitled
by Scott (Login scyma)

Hey
What does your g/f plan to study? There are a couple of technical colleges (TAFE) around Adelaide and she could study at Flinders or one of the other universities.

I have my interview for Flinders tomorrow.... I'm excited

Scott

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info
by wade (Login wmg)

Hello. I am starting in Feb also. The Australian, a local paper, http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/, has a link to higher education and lists all schools. A more specific (to South Australia) site is http://www.sacentral.sa.gov.au/, which has loads of info on education. What will your girlfreind study? Are you getting anxious about the move down? Later, Wade

Posted on Sep 25, 2001, 11:21 AM
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by richard (Login Richard75)

thanks for the info... actually i found the school i was looking for, the most closest TAFE to Flinders is the Douglas Mawson Institute of TAFE - Panorama Campus... they are sending us the application soon. i'm not really anxious about going to Flinders, i am actually excited because medicine has been my dream my whole life. it's like the start of a new chapter in my life. i can't wait to meet all of my new fellow classmates.

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when are mcat scores released?
by *** (Login rsk77)

Good luck guys in Feb. I'm hoping to join you in Feb, but right now my application is on hold, cauuse I'm still waiting for my MCAT score from August. When did you guys get your scores when you wrote it? Thanks for the help.


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anytime now
by Amber (Login tree_sap)

I took the August MCAT a few years ago and it was almost exactly two months later when I received my scores. However, I had chosen to have my scores released to my advisor to expedite the application process. She received my scores (and other students') a FULL week before I got them in the mail. I don't know what option you chose when you took the exam, but you could check with your advisor if you are anxious!

Either way, you should know very soon! Good luck, hope to see you in February.

Amber

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