Julia is enrolled in RMIT's Bachelor of Business (Entrepreneurship) program and decided to challenge herself by spending a semester abroad, she has just spent six months on an international student exchange at Università Ca' Foscari in Venice, Italy.

"I decided to do an exchange as I had never left Australia, I really wanted to see the difference in cultures in Europe, and the sub-cultures.

Some of the challenges have been the language barrier, it has been very intersting learning sign language - trying to express yourself talking like a four year old!

Sometimes interesting food options come up if you pronounce your words incorrectly, and navigating different public transport systems is very very interesting.

On exchange you learn so much about yourself, as well as the people around you. You make new friends, you discover new hobbbies, you eat new food, its really an incredible way to see more in-depth of a culture, rather than just being another tourist in a big city."