5 reasons why you need to go on a student exchange

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The Future Leaders Scholarship is a 20% tuition fee reduction awarded to students from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal or Pakistan.

Want to see the world while building the skills you’ll need to succeed in the global employment market?

Here’s why an overseas student exchange experience could be the best part of your education. 

Studying abroad can completely change your life as you leap head first into a new culture, make new friends and learn from lecturers who will give you a completely different perspective on an industry you love. 

Here are five reasons why you should consider an international student exchange programme at RMIT Melbourne. 

Test out your wings

Have you been living under your parents’ roof for too long? Packing your bags and heading overseas on an exchange programme is the fastest way to win the freedom you’ve been craving. An exchange programme at RMIT Melbourne, for instance, will allow you a chance to discover a new city and country on your own terms, adapt to new situations, learn practical life skills such as how to manage your money – learning to differentiate between the values of the Singapore and Aussie dollars might be tricky initially – and have a blast while you do it.

While the experience can be challenging at times, you’ll return home a much more mature, independent version of yourself, prepared for all the responsibilities of adult life.

SIM student exchange

Students from SIM (Singapore Institute of Management) discover new friends, new experiences and inspiration for their careers through a student exchange to RMIT in Melbourne.

Benefit from a rounded world view

Studying overseas via an exchange programme at RMIT Melbourne will give you a global perspective on your industry, which will be valuable when the time comes to put down your backpack and pick up a job. With most companies these days looking to take on the world, they will need employees who can work with people from a range of cultures. By mingling with students from various backgrounds in Melbourne’s multicultural setting, you will have an added advantage over peers who haven’t had a similar experience. 

Living overseas is also great for broadening your mind and making you more inclusive. It will expose you to a diverse array of new ideas, which will likely transform you into a more creative and liberal thinker.  

Sharpen your competitive edge

As a university student, you’re staring down the challenge of competing with other candidates for a job. To succeed, you’ll need an edge that separates you from the long list of other applicants. 

A semester abroad will be an excellent addition to your resume, and also give you plenty of experiences and stories to talk about in a job interview. Employers will be impressed with the social, communication and life skills you’ve developed while overseas, and an exchange programme with RMIT proves you’ve had a holistic education.

Discover interests and passions you never knew

The RMIT Melbourne campus offers a range of leisure activities you can participate in.  You might discover a new-found passion for surfing which is otherwise difficult in the calm waters of Singapore, or perhaps camping will ignite your love of nature. You could return home as an international foodie or eager to plan your next great adventure. The possibilities are limitless!

You might find yourself a new place to call home

The number of Singaporeans living overseas has increased by more than a third over the last decade to well over 200,000.

If you’re interested in joining the flock, heading to Melbourne’s RMIT campus via a student exchange programme will give you a realistic preview of what it’s like to live in a different country. And if you like the experience, the exchange programme could help you score a local job too. 

Throwing yourself into an international exchange programme offers you a wealth of benefits as you accumulate new experiences – both in your career and personal life. Most importantly, your prospective employer will see you as a motivated person who is willing to step out of your comfort zone in order to grow. 

Luckily, it’s easy to get your overseas study experience started. With the SIM-RMIT exchange programme, you can spend a semester studying in the heart of Melbourne at one of Australia’s leading universities. 

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torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.