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International student profile: from Rio to Melbourne

Vincent Bicudo de Castro
Vincent Bicudo de Castro, former international student.

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Students from all over the world choose to live and study in Melbourne, the world’s most liveable city. Consistently ranked as one of the top student cities in the world, Melbourne is home to more than 175,000 international students from over 160 different countries.

In this latest profile we speak to Brazilian-born Vincent Bicudo de Castro about how Melbourne is the place to be if education is your focus.

Vincent Bicudo de Castro's story

Vincent would have never guessed that one day he’d be a celebrated PhD and lecturer at one of Melbourne’s prestigious universities. But that’s exactly what happened to the Brazilian native.

Vincent completed his PhD in Accounting at Monash in 2014. In 2015 he received Deakin University’s Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Partnerships, and the Faculty Staff Award for Effectiveness, Excellence and Exemplar Practice in Research.

Australia seemed so far away when I was small

“I remember learning about Australia on the TV when I was little. It seemed so far away. I didn’t think much of Australia until I got to university and realised that almost all my main references for my master’s research thesis were academics from universities in Melbourne.

Now a lecturer in Accounting at Deakin University, Dr Vincent Bicudo de Castro couldn’t imagine a better place to be.

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Why Vincent Bicudo de Castro chose to study in Melbourne. Supplied: Study Melbourne

If education is your focus, Melbourne is the place to be

“I come from Rio de Janeiro and while it’s a fantastic city, Melbourne is a great place to settle down. It is also a great place to be if education is your focus – higher education is a huge industry in Melbourne.

“For instance, all universities have dedicated student support, so that if students have any problems, they have a place to get support. I have had absolutely no regrets or disappointments about the move.”

Exploring Melbourne and Victoria

After almost nine years in Melbourne, Vincent still loves exploring all that the city and Victoria have to offer.

“Melbourne as a city is fun and very multicultural. When I first came here as a student, I remember thinking that being a student in Melbourne was a bit like being part of the United Nations.”

Melbourne was the right choice – even with cultural adjustments

Moving to Melbourne required a few cultural adjustments such as restaurant closing times, the weather and Melbournians’ obsession with Australian Rules Football and being far from friends and family in Brazil. Still, Vincent has no doubt his decision was the right one.

“I believe that people who move to another country already have a spark inside them - a spark that drives them to new places. I know I had that spark. I know that I would rather regret the things that I have done, than the things I haven’t done.

“What absolutely fills me with joy is the thought that I have made the move and succeeded.”

A safe and friendly place

Melbourne offers a friendly, safe and welcoming place to live and study.

Supported by Study Melbourne, a Victorian Government initiative, the Study Melbourne Student Centre is located in the heart of Melbourne and offers free information, support and helpful services for international students.

Students are encouraged to make the most of their time in Melbourne through Study Melbourne programs and services that help them have the best possible student experience.

Study Melbourne is here to help international students explore their new environment, gain work experience, become a leader or make new friends.

This material was produced by the Victorian Government.