Joran came to RMIT on an exchange program while studying Urban and Regional Planning back home in Germany.
RMIT University, Melbourne
RMIT is very international and feels like a melting pot of minds form all sorts of backgrounds. It provides a very inspiring environment.
“The uni has a good name internationally and also offers a course that is very close to my course in Germany. It is also located right in the city of Melbourne which makes going to uni a fun experience within vibrant surroundings.”
As an urban planner, Joran finds it interesting to see planning regulations and practices in Australia and to compare them to those in Germany. He appreciates RMIT’s “very hands-on and practical approach” and believes that studying here has broadened his “understanding of all kinds of issues within planning and environmental studies” which he will be able to apply to his future career, “wherever in the world that might be”.
“I think anyone would benefit from a semester or more at RMIT,” he says, and also adds, “Exchange to Australia will look good on my CV”.
Joran’s ideal day in Melbourne includes delicious brunch and fantastic coffee in cafes hidden in the alleys of Fitzroy and Collingwood, riding his bike along the Yarra and Merri Creek to hang out with his friends in Brunswick, and eating out at a cheap eatery before checking out an exhibition opening or other cultural events.
But the highlight of Joran’s experience in Melbourne was his trips outside the city to Mornington Peninsula, the Great Ocean Road, the Dandenongs and the Grampians. “Melbourne is surrounded by beautiful nature,” he says. “I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of it.”