Melbourne offers plenty for international students. We look at a few (of many) reasons it’s the destination du jour for postgrad study.
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If you’re after a world-class education, vibrant cultural experience and a comfortable lifestyle then you can’t go past Melbourne as your destination for international study. Here are seven reasons why you should consider heading to the world’s most liveable city for a truly rewarding postgraduate study experience:
1. Voted world’s most liveable city
Melbourne has been voted most liveable city for the sixth year in a row by the Economist’s global liveability survey. Jatin Lamba, a former postgraduate RMIT student, who’s now an RF Engineer at Telstra agrees.
“I come from Mumbai and have been living in Melbourne for the past 15 years,” he says.
“I love the lifestyle, everything is easy here. Every time I go back to Mumbai to visit my family I can’t wait to get back [to Melbourne] – there are just too many people there, things take so much longer.”
2. World’s top universities
Melbourne is home to a number of universities – each of which caters to a range of subject areas including engineering, IT, biotechnology, ICT, medical research, environmental, energy technologies and more.
It’s important to make sure you find one that suits your specialisation.
“I did a lot of research before deciding on Melbourne,” says Jatin.
“I found that of all the universities RMIT had the best reputation in the field I wanted to work in [engineering], so I enrolled in a Master of Telecommunication Engineering.”
3. Employment opportunities
Melbourne is seen as a leading knowledge city, attracting a number of international companies to set up research and development operations. It is also a major economic centre and the home of multinationals in many fields. Often postgraduate courses have strong ties to industry partners. It’s worth investigating whether your course offers opportunities to connect with industry through programs like internships or networking events.
4. Arts, culture and diversity
Melbourne is a vibrant and multicultural city that regularly celebrates its diversity through cultural festivals and events. To complement this, Melbourne has a thriving classic and underground arts scene: Classic art lovers will love the world-renowned exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), while cinema buffs can head to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) for their fix.
5. The sporting capital of Australia
If you’re after a true Melburnian sporting experience, nothing beats heading to the iconic MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) for a game of Aussie rules football. Melbourne is also home to high profile international sporting events such as the Spring Racing Carnival, the Boxing Day test cricket series, the Grand Prix and the Australian Open Tennis Championships.
6. Food heaven
Without doubt, Melbourne offers some of the best food in Australia. With people from so many countries now calling the city home, you’ll be spoiled for choice. The calibre of food is exceptional whether you buy from a food truck, market stall or a high-end restaurant. Your biggest problem will be deciding where to go.
7. Student support
Melbourne universities offer excellent support for international students, including help with language learning services, housing, social connection and finance. A big part of your overseas postgraduate study experience will be due to the connections you make at uni - so join in on social events and clubs to build your network.
Melbourne has loads to offer and is undoubtedly a great place to live. For students looking to find a postgraduate qualification that will set them apart from the rest, in a city that’s leading the way, RMIT can help.