Since then, some of the more than 6000 RMIT students who've been unable to travel to Australia during the COVID-19 pandemic have been arriving in Melbourne to commence or continue their studies on-campus with RMIT.
RMIT's international students are a vital part of our University, making a significant contribution to our diverse and inclusive community, and we've been so excited to welcome some of them to Melbourne, kicking off with a vibrant event to celebrate Lunar New Year.
We spoke to some students who've recently arrived, to hear about their experiences of travelling in the time of COVID and their first impressions of Melbourne and what they're looking forward to most about being here.
Calvin Fernando, India – Master of Architecture
What was your first impression of Melbourne?
I wanted to come to Melbourne, because it’s a vibrant city with lots of different, multicultural people. I arrived at midnight on Christmas eve, so I saw the city in lights. The first thing I did when I finished quarantine was that I went on a long walk! I started at Flinders Street Station and Federation Square and walked all the way to RMIT’ Design Hub. I wanted to walk and experience the city. I saw the fireworks at Federation Square on New Year's Eve, and all the people that came out. I was really excited to see the city come alive and be among it.
What are you looking forward to about coming to campus?
I like that RMIT does a lot of experimental architecture, we won’t be designing a simple block or house. And with everything we do, we question and challenge ourselves, and I like that.
Your tips for other international students who’re planning to travel to Melbourne for study?
Follow the rules, whatever they ask you to do, and you’ll be fine in the airport. And pack less! Don’t take all the clothes, because after arriving I realised you can buy anything you need here.