You’re finally living the big adventure far from home. Seeing the sights (as much as you can right now), sampling the coffee and of course, working hard towards your degree. Things are working out well for you.  
But you have questions, right?

1. Why is Melbourne so expensive?

Luckily, we have amazing (free) street art that slightly makes up for the cost of living. Image credit

We may have been voted ‘World’s Most Liveable City’ seven times in a row but the reality is this: the cost of living in Melbourne is high. That little line on your phone’s XE currency converter is rapidly heading down, down, down. You’re sick of eating instant noodles and worried that your parents are going to call and tell you to catch the next plane home because the money they had saved for next semester’s fees is now several Aussie dollars short. And then you hear this one, magical word: scholarship. 

Swinburne offers International Excellence Scholarships offering up to 75% off your bachelor degree or master program. There’s even a scholarship for your  foundation year. Want more good news? You don’t have to be a straight-HD student to get one (although a few would help your chances). 

2. How do I make friends with Melburnians?

Meet Razor, our mascot. He’s always up for a high-five, no matter how awkward.

Melbourne’s a foreign city. It’s only natural that you’d gravitate towards familiar people, familiar food, familiar languages. That’s why most of your friendship group is from your own country. And that’s great. But you also want the full Melbourne experience. 

Making local friends isn’t always easy when you’re this far from home and stuck in the middle of a pandemic. But it’s not impossible. Not everyone likes going to pubs and clubs (which are pretty much off-limits now, anyway) or chatting to strangers behind their mask at the bus stop. Luckily, there’s an easier way. When campus reopens, why not join a student club?  
With clubs to interest almost everyone, you’ll find something that’s perfect for you. Some are on hold at the moment, due to COVID, but others are still meeting online. Here’s a taste, but there are many more to explore:

  • If you like debating, Politically Speaking is a great club to learn about different ideologies and have your opinions heard.
  • If you like urban culture, you’ll love the Academy of Street Dance where you can learn some new moves and make friends in the process!
  • Melbourne is the home of Aussie-rules football. Why not try join the AFL Club, learn the rules, play the sport and when Melbourne reopens, head to a game at the MCG with your new mates? 

VTAC Info Evening, 30 August

Put us to the test. Try out courses, chat with students and staff, and more. 

3. Why does it take so long to get to uni? 

We might be the only uni that can boast having our name on the train station sign.

You probably applied for uni from your home country which means your only view of campus and the local area was pictures on the website. Everything LOOKED close but little did you know that getting to uni and back would involve catching a train, tram and bus from the city which is really not much fun on a freezing August afternoon (read #5 for more about Melbourne’s famously unpredictable weather). 
If you switch to Swinburne, you won’t have to worry about travelling long distances to uni because you’ll be studying in the heart of the action.

Swinburne is (a) only 10 minutes from Melbourne Central by train (b) has its own train station on campus and (c) is right next to some of Melbourne’s best food, bars, shops and parks.

4. Will I find a job in Melbourne after I graduate?

Jessica Pan is studying a forensic psychology degree and doing a professional placement at NAB. (You could too!)

We hope so, but we can’t guarantee it. However, we are ranked #1 in Melbourne for undergrad labour force participation1 (in other words: you’re more likely to get a job by studying with us!). Plus, powerful companies like BHP, ANZ, Telstra, Coles and Afterpay are all headquartered here in Melbourne.

There are lots of things you can do to improve your chances of finding a job.

When campus is open, almost every week, the Careers and Employability Office holds events for international students. You’ll get amazing advice from expert speakers, find out where to look for jobs, learn useful techniques for interviews and work towards overcoming cultural barriers.

Want to give your CV a boost?  Start working in your field, right now. We’ll help you look for an internship or professional placement. You’ll earn credit for your course and in many cases, be paid for your work.  

1 QILT: 2018 Graduate Outcomes Survey - Longitudinal

5. What's wrong with Melbourne's weather?

We can’t control the weather but there are so many other amazing things to love about Melbourne. 

You haven’t lived in Melbourne until you’ve used an umbrella, scarf, sunglasses, sunscreen and thongs all in the same day.

It’s true. Everyone knows that Melbourne is famous for having four seasons in one day. Unfortunately, we can’t control our unpredictable weather (but try to love it – it’s always a great conversation starter). But we can guarantee great coffee, AFL, street art, laneways, parks, music, bars. And great universities. Why not make the switch to Swinburne today?

Upcoming or past events

  • Course Info

    Swinburne VTAC Info for Parents | Live webinar

    If you’re the parent or guardian of a Year 11 or 12 student, join us to learn the A-Zs of supporting them as they prepare to apply for uni. From preferences to course structure, pathways and more.

    Tue 6 September
    7:30 PM to 8:00 PM
    Live online webinar and Q&A
    Register_now (Swinburne VTAC Info for Parents | Live webinar)
  • Course Info

    Swinburne VTAC Info Night

    Join us on campus to window-shop what you can study with Swinburne. Discover courses, meet staff and students, explore our Hawthorn campus, attend study area taster sessions, and more. 

    Tue 30 August
    4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
    Hawthorn campus
    Register_now (Swinburne VTAC Info Night)

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