Student Stories

Course of study: Bachelor of Science (Nursing)

University: Edith Cowan University, South West (Bunbury) campus

Country of origin: United Kingdom

 

Australia

Q. When did you know you wanted to study abroad?

A. I First decided I wanted to study, following a six-year global trip. After my travels I decided I wanted to study something that would help make a difference in this world and help illuminate some of the bad things of have seen in this world but also to contribute to the many positive things that help make the lives of everyone a little easier.

Q. Why did you decide to study in Australia? Why did you choose WA?

A. During my travels I enjoyed my visit to Australia and always felt it was one of many places I wanted to return to and explore more. Evidently once I had decided that I wanted to study, I then decided Australia was the place to do it This was not only for the great weather, beautiful places to explore, but also Australia offers so many opportunities with good learning facilities to grow and develop my new skills.

Q. What is a typical day like for you at ECU Bunbury/regional WA?

A. Busy….! I am a full time student and have very little time for other things outside of Uni, but this is ok because I am enjoying the study and meeting new people every day which makes campus life even more fun, especially in the country where I feel people are just that little bit warmer.

Q. What are some of the pros and cons of studying/living regionally?

A. Pros: Life is slower, and people tend to have just a little more time for the simplest things in life such as stopping after study for a coffee on campus or asking how you’re going and listening to the response. Less traffic is also a bonus and outside of semester there are lots of cool places, not to far away to visit and take short breaks.

Cons: Socially things can be a little isolating at times, especially for events such as public speakers, workshops, concerts etc which all seem to be happening in Perth. So, the drive up can be a bit of a chore, but this can be easily rectified with car sharing.

Q. Have you travelled anywhere else in Australia? How does it compare to Bunbury/WA?

A. I have travelled all over Australia and visited every state. I choose this one and Bunbury to study because I like the weather here, I like less populated communities but also find there is more opportunity to get involved and volunteer some time to projects that may not be an option in more populated areas.

Study/Academic

Q. How did you pick your program?

A. I wanted to become a nurse and develop my skills to make a difference to the lives of others.

Q. How is education and student life in Australia different to that back home? 

A. I’m not sure. Other than school I was never a student at a university in England. I guess Uni life would be similar but perhaps the Australian culture would make study here much more relaxed and enjoyable.

Q. What do you enjoy most about your course?

A. Learning new things and developing my Nurse skills.

Q. Is being an international student what you expected it to be?

A. I was not sure what to expect, I guess in the classroom environment I forget I am an international student because we are all treated the same and that’s a good thing.

Q. Who would you recommend your course to? Is there anything a prospective student should know or can do to prepare for it?  

A. I think a pre-Uni course would have been very helpful, but then transitioning into Uni life is made so much easier by the friendly staff on campus. I guess my advice would be to get to know your campus, staff and who to contact for various situations but also to get involved in activities because they are great for networking and getting to know about new events and things that might benefit your learning.

Daily Life

Q. Do you have a job? (If so, what do you do and was it hard to find?)

A. I am a disability mentor. I support people with learning disabilities to live independently. It’s a very rewarding Job but I have had to build my skills up to carry out my role fully and this takes time. The job its self is not hard to find, but you do need to want to do it and have a caring considerate and patient nature.

Q. Where are most of your friends from? What activities do you do to socialise?

A. I have friends from all over the world. Some I meet at Uni and others at other social events. I enjoy communicating with people so tend to make friends easy. I love keeping fit and enjoy cycling and going for local hikes with friends.

Q. What has been your best/most memorable experience in Australia so far? 

A. Becoming a finalist for TAFE international student award. I didn’t win but becoming a finalist was equally rewarding, more so because my lecturers put me forward for the award, which was nice.

Q. What would you say to someone who is considering studying in Australia? Any tips? 

A. Consult a good immigration and education consultant such as EasiVisa, who can help you consider all your options before making a decision.

Q. What do you hope to achieve at the end of your degree? Where do you see yourself five years from now?

A. I would like to be working in the community or developing programs in the community that can help make the lives of others easier and more comfortable. This could be educational health programs to highlight common health issues and create awareness, or providing a direct service looking after individual wellbeing.

… Anything else you would like to say? 

Thank you to EasiVisa for all your help and making my visa process and career options a smooth process.

I hope you enjoyed reading my story.

 

Course of study: Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Leadership & Management

University: Perth College of Business & Technology

Country of origin: United Kingdom

 

Australia

Q. What do you feel are the advantages of studying in Australia?

A. The ability to explore the natural world is unbelievable. We are all incredible lucky to live here.

Q. What is your favourite thing/place about Perth?

A. Perth is incredible because of its proximity to such incredible places. Within a few hour drive you can reach some of the most isolated and serenely beautiful places on the planet; places that make for a postcard-like photo backdrop.

 Q. Have you travelled anywhere else in Australia? How does it compare to Perth?

A. I have been from the very southern tip of WA in Albany to the northern reaches in Broome. A two week trip makes this one of the best drives and explorations I’ve ever experienced.

Q. What do you think of Australian culture?

A. It’s an incredible hybrid of British humour, eclectic foods, and incredible people.

Q. What has been your best/most memorable experience in Australia so far? 

A. I think meeting my future wife-to-be would have to be the most memorable experience in Australia for certain!

Study/Academic

Q. How did you pick your program?

A. I picked the most applicable study that related to my existing job and experience at the time to allow me to move up and around in my place of work.

Q. How is education and student life here different to other countries you may have studied at?

A. Vocational schools are a very cut and dry system of pass/fail. Once you adjust to this, it makes for an exceptionally good way of learning a skillset.

Q. How would you describe your experience overall as an international student?

A. Eclectic! I’ve met people from probably 50 different countries all with fascinating stories.

Q. What are you enjoying the most about your course? Any challenges?

A. The teacher is by far the best part of the course. So far I have had two, both with different perspectives and knowledge to share.

Q. How will the course and knowledge obtained be useful to you in the future?

A. Not only will it give me an advantage is business, but my learning’s have had an impact on my overall person and day to day decisions and actions.

Daily Life

Q. Do you have a job? (If so, what do you do and was it hard to find?

A. I currently work at RAC Insurance and have done for several years. It was difficult to find however once I joined I’ve never accelerated my career faster than I do now.

Q. Where are most of your friends from? What activities do you do to socialise?

A. I am a passionate and enthusiastic photographer. Most of my friends are work colleagues but I have met people through all sorts of avenues.

Q. How do you move around? What do you think of public transport? When would you use it?

A. I own a motorcycle on a restricted R-E license. It was easy and cheap to get, and so was my motorcycle at less than $1000. Free parking everywhere and being cheap on fuel it is the ultimate form of transport for Perth. I rarely use public transport unless I’m out with friends and don’t want to drive. If so, the student ID card really comes in handy.

Q. What would you say to someone who is considering studying in Australia? How can they prepare? Any tips? 

A. Prepare for a very eclectic and broad experience. You will meet a lot of interesting people along the way and learn a lot through schooling. I highly recommend embracing everything that comes your way with open arms.

Q. Where do you see yourself five years from now?

A. With my future wife and step-kids on a lovely small acre house near Albany!

I’m very thankful to have found EasiVisa. They made the process extremely easy and took almost all of the worry out of the process. Without them this would have been a significantly more stressful uphill battle. Thanks once more!

Course of study: Master of Cyber Security

University: Edith Cowan University, Joondalup

Country of origin: India

Australia

Q. When did you know you wanted to study abroad?

A. When I first arrived in Australia in 2016. I started with Real Estate studies from WCPT back then and got the certification from Department of Commerce.

Q. Why did you decide to study in Australia? 

A. Actually for a number of reasons – Firstly, as we all know Australia is rightly called or known as ‘’THE LUCKY COUNTRY’’ Look around you: who would want to live anywhere else? It’s the closest to paradise that I’ve found so far. It is truly the “Land of Opportunities’’. Australia is accepted throughout the world as a country which is fair, respectful of other countries laws and in turn is respected by other countries. In total for all Australia’s core values towards humanity, religion, business, equal rights and opportunity. All in all, Australia is a country which is highly regarded by the whole world community. Secondly, I always have a sort of obsession about Australia since my childhood days if not for anything then just for Cricket J It was my dream to come to Australia one day and make my living out here and make Australia my home. Growing up as a kid in India, I used to and still idolise to my grand- uncle who was successfully based here in Perth, Australia for more than 50 odd years and was running his own successful business for more than 37 years. Honestly speaking, he kind of set the aspiration level for me and I’ve always been inspired by him even to this day. I was quite fascinated by the Australian culture from a very early age . Especially the Aussie way ‘’Play hard and Play fair culture ’’ is what struck me the most. Thirdly, my first visit to Perth, Australia back in 2016 actually put the fire in the belly and I fell in love with Australia more. Fourthly, the most important factor choosing Australia for a Post-Graduate course which I feel is the accreditation factor. The Accreditation obtained will be more highly regarded throughout the world from any prospective employer wanting my services.

Q. Why did you choose Perth?

A. Being in Perth makes me feel that I am following my late uncle’s footprints and am continuing his legacy. The reason I have chosen Perth is because of my late uncle – Uncle Chuck, he made it here in Perth. It was his dying wish and I would like to respect and fulfil his wish from the bottom of my heart. It was his wish that I study in Australia and make my living out here the way he did. Everything was planned and I was meant to join the Masters course back in 2017. Unfortunately, uncle was battling cancer and passed away sadly last year in January and subsequently I was appointed as the Administrator/Executor of the Deceased Estate from Supreme Court of Western Australia. Therefore, I couldn’t join the course last year as I was busy sorting out the Deceased Estate and finalising everything. Also, I was not in a position financially to commit for the course.

Q. What is your favourite thing/place about Perth?

A. The relaxed environment of Perth makes life much easier and enables me to stay focused. Out here it is relatively quieter and isn’t full speed ahead like the eastern states – Melbourne & Sydney in particular. Great destination to be, super friendly people, incredible sea beaches, great food and wine culture.

Q. Have you travelled anywhere else in Australia? How does it compare to Perth?

A. Yes, I have been to Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide. Well, they are all different and unique in their own ways. Different weather, different nightlife, different lifestyle, different location.                                                   

The people who love Adelaide and Perth often find Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to be somewhat claustrophobic, and/or outrageously expensive if you wish to replicate the relaxed lifestyle of Adelaide or Perth. Of course, liveability is subjective, so people who live in Melbourne and Sydney would argue that Adelaide and Perth are both too quiet, small, backward and far from the action. For other people, these are precisely what makes Adelaide and Perth liveable: relaxed family-friendly life-style, relatively short commutes, easy to get out of the city in which you live without driving for hours, and generally speaking a more regional or “large country town” feeling. 

Study/Academic

Q. How did you pick your program? What did you know about the degree before applying? Why did you choose ECU?

A. Considering both my educational and professional background that is IT, the ECU admission team advised Alicia that I pursue this program rather opting for a foreign/irrelevant course which would have no connection with my previous studies/background and field.

Q. Why Cyber Security? Why and how is Cyber Security important?

A. The qualification I wish to gain is Masters in Cyber Security I firmly believe it will be a great addition to my existing IT qualification. It is an added string to my bow. This qualification which I have chosen, upon completion will enable me to obtain a much higher level of acknowledgement and more demanding work throughout the world. I feel this degree – Masters in Cyber Security just because it’s from an Australian University and the level of accreditation obtained will be more highly regarded throughout the world from any prospective employer wanting my services.

Q. What qualifications and work experience did you have prior to applying to the Master of Cyber Security?

A. I have done Bachelors in Computer Application in my graduation and I have 7 years of working experience in IT industry (Mobile App and Website, Software development and Digital Marketing).

Q. How is education and student life in Australia different to that back home? 

A. If the education system of Australia is compared and contrasted with the Indian education system, in my opinion I see a number of differences in them. Here they are – The education system of India is basically focused upon grading and rankings whereas the education system of Australia is basically focused upon practical education to the students. Indian education focuses too much on theory aspects rather than focusing on practical aspects of the study while Australian education is concerned with providing practical education to the students and stresses more on sports and the curriculum includes cricket, boxing, hockey and etc. In Australia education is treated as a learning process but in India it is treated as routine task and it is compulsory for every student to get a degree whether he/she learn anything or not. Thus, learning is not an objective of Indian education system but the only objective is to get a degree. The Australian education systems have courses ranging from sports to arts. In contrast to that Indian system only focuses on the specialisation taken by a student and extra-curricular activities are neglected to a very great extent. In India students aren’t free to select the fields of their choice as this decision is taken by their parents. But it is nothing like that in Australia, parents do not intervene in the decision making of the students and they are free to opt for whatever specialisation they want to choose. It is a common perception among Indian people that everyone must become a doctor or an engineer so there is no space for arts and sports, while Australian universities encourage students to participate in arts as well as sports.

The curriculum of Indian education system is not at all updated and the technology and course/study materials used in universities are outdated. In Australia universities constantly try to improve their courses and technologies. The system of assessment in Indian universities is based on examination whereas in Australia it is based on seminars, assignments and essays. Australian education system emphasises much on research activities and self-study of students on a regular basis. Indian education systems are exactly opposite to this system.  

Q. What do you look forward to and hope to get out most from the course?

A. To become a specialist in Cyber Security and potentially work for the Australian Government in the cyber-crime or cyber intelligence department such as Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) or Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) or Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) or Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ACIC).

Daily Life

Q. Do you have a job? (If so, what do you do and was it hard to find?)

A. Yes, I am with RJ ROBERTS DESIGN LLC, it is based in the United States and I am the Director of Project and Project Management of that company. Basically, I manage and the projects and supervise our designers and developers remotely here from Australia. Currently as a job hunt I am looking for some Web/App design and development contracts. However, finding jobs here in Australia in a desired field as an International student can be very challenging, reason being – the limited job right (20 hours a week) makes it quite difficult for students to secure a decent or formal/proper job. That’s only reason students end up picking up manual jobs.

Q. Where are most of your friends from? What activities do you do to socialise?

A. I have a diverse friend-circle and they are from different parts of the world. In my leisure time, I either play cricket or work J as I am workaholic in nature and also like to hang out with my friends and like going out with them for coffee or lunch or dinner or drink like everyone else.

 Q. What do you think of Australian culture? What has been your best/most memorable experience in Australia so far? 

A. Australia is great and it is the heaven on earth according to me. It is the place to be and I will try and do exactly whatever it takes (study and hard work J) to make Australia my home. Culture wise Australia is becoming Americanised every day. The most memorable experience in Australia – the day I had the privilege of breathing Australian air when I arrived in this country back in 2016.

 Q. What would you say to someone who is considering studying in Australia? How can they prepare? Any tips? 

A. Golden Rule: – NEVER GO FOR SHORTCUTS! Learn the hard way as hard work and determination are always rewarding and will pay off big time guys J Always remember – The more you sweat in peace the less you bleed in war. Student life here in Australia is not that easy as it seems from outside. 95% of the international students deal with financial problem stress and anxiety, job hunt stress and failure, home-sickness, stress to pay off the education loan back home, being away from family and friends. It is very challenging and at times can be quite frustrating. But once you figure out how to overcome and handle the situation the best way possible, everything will shape up well and turn out great eventually. It is a matter of time and patience guys! The biggest challenge is the language – so make sure you have a good grasp over English those who have problem and shy away for having poor English skills. To secure a decent and formal job here in Australia or any in English-speaking country you have be proficient in English.

Q. What do you hope to achieve at the end of your degree? Where do you see yourself five years from now?

A. I just hope Cyber Security stays this demanding as it is now when I graduate in the next 2 years’ time. And as I mentioned this qualification which I have chosen, upon completion will enable me to obtain a much higher level of acknowledgement and more demanding work throughout the world. I feel this degree – Masters in Cyber Security just because it’s from an Australian University and the level of accreditation obtained will be more highly regarded throughout the world from any prospective employer wanting my services. But personally, my ultimate goal is to work for the Australian Government in the cyber-crime or cyber intelligence department such as Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) or Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) or Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) or Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ACIC).

… Anything else you would like to say?

I would like to take this opportunity and express my sincerest appreciation and gratitude to Alicia for everything that she has done for my admission and enrolment procedure come to fruition to the extent that it is today. I could never have imagined attending to any of this admission formalities and achieving the results that I have without Alicia’s and Catherine’s ongoing support, guidance and efforts. Alicia’s modus operandi is exceptional, she was the linchpin in my whole admission process and the way she has facilitated and dealt with every single situation right from my admission to ECC to retraction from ECC then followed by my ECU admission is truly praiseworthy. She addressed all the issue(s) or difficulties extraordinarily as they came up. This is what is called- DUTY OF CARE.

THANK YOU, ALICIA, you’re phenomenal!

THANK YOU EASIVISA – It is an absolute pleasure working with you.

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