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Lillian Zeng (Manyin) — China
Bachelor of Information Technology
(Network and Systems Computing)
I come from Guangdong Province in the
south-east part of China. I did my diploma
in information technology at Henan
University and I came to Australia to study a
bachelor degree in information technology
at Victoria University (VU). In addition to
IT, I have a great passion for singing and
VU cooperates with Henan University,
where I completed my diploma. My lecturer
recommended that I come to Victoria
University to study.
As an international student, I would say the
friendly physical and cultural environment
is the best thing about studying here — it’s
key to helping me fit in at a new place as
quickly as I can and enjoy the life I am living
in Australia. Melbourne is a fresh, relaxed
and positive place to study.
Most lecturers are kind and responsible.
I am learning skills like communication and
interpretation, and dealing with people
from different backgrounds. I am also
learning important skills like how to express
myself and manage my time appropriately.
While studying I have received advice
from the career department, including a
résumé check; had assistance with writing
support at the library; and have used
other equipment and support for study.
I have also been involved in an IBM mentor
program. I got my first job ever as a student
rover at VU, assisting other students in the
I study at Footscray Park and work in the
city with my student rover job. I really
enjoy the campuses, especially their perfect
environment for study.
I want to finish university with good results
and try to apply the academic theory and
skills I’ve learnt to improve my life and get
a stable job that I like and enjoy.
Dristi Hamal — Nepal
Master of Business Administration/Master
of Professional Accounting
I have always lived and studied close to
home, so coming to Australia was a unique
experience. As uncertain as I was to travel
to a new country, I was nonetheless excited
to face the challenges and ventured on
my journey to Australia to pursue my
undergraduate studies five years ago.
Invariably, international students go through
some hardship adapting to a foreign culture
and new lifestyle — but I haven’t looked
Australia is a beautiful country — vibrant
with a unique diversity affording peace and
harmony, even in its vastly multicultural
society. Further, the education system is
highly regarded and recognised as one of
the best in the world.
I am now pursuing my postgraduate studies
at Australian Catholic University (ACU). I
chose ACU because it offered a double
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
degree, which was unique when compared
to other university programs. ACU also has
great support services for students, and
under this regime I am currently employed
at ACU to facilitate and support other
students. The lecturers at ACU are also
friendly and helpful. The courses offered are
both academic and innovative while being
practical and useful.
Not everyone is privileged or has the chance
to study abroad and find success, but if
you can, I highly recommend everyone to
take it! I am lucky to have met people from
different parts of the world and some are
surely going to be friends for life.
My advice to students interested in studying
in Australia is to first research your course,
university and the city in which you want to
live. Then soak up the relaxed culture and
lifestyle and enjoy everything Australia has
to offer! I encourage you to follow every
rainbow until you find your dream! You will
make memories for a lifetime.
Youngsuk Yun — South Korea
Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery
I first came to Perth on a working holiday
visa three years ago and I loved the city and
its lifestyle straight away, so I decided to
come back and pursue my studies here.
Perth is very different from Seoul — it is a
lot smaller and less crowded. It’s also easy
and cheap to get around. Buses called
‘CAT’ are free, so it’s very convenient to
hop on and off and travel around the city.
The weather is beautiful in Perth. Most of
the time it is sunny.
I like living here because it provides a very
unique experience. The people are also
very kind and friendly, I don’t feel like I’m a
I’m currently studying commercial cookery,
but I have also completed a Diploma of
Hospitality at the same school.
I’m very happy with my school. All the
lecturers and admin staff are very helpful.
The facilities at the school are also very
modern. We have computer labs, wireless
internet throughout the school and a
commercial kitchen where the cookery
students can practise.
I live with a friend in East Perth, not far
from my school and the city centre. When
I am not at school I work in a restaurant
three days a week. I got this job through
I love living and studying in Perth. I enjoy
my course, I have improved my English
and I have made many friends from many
My advice for international students is to
just come and experience the Perth way of
life — you won’t regret it!
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