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 international student profile, we speak to Harriyadi Irawan about why studying in Melbourne was the best decision of his life.
Harriyadi Irawan is an inspiring international student. The Indonesian-born Bachelor of Tourism and Hospitality Management graduate has had to overcome financial challenges to become an international student, and has also been celebrated for his passion and drive to excel.
In 2015, he was awarded the Most Inspiring International Student of the Year by the Council of International Students Australia, and the year before he received the Premier’s Award in the Victorian International Student Awards.
Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships made it possible
“My parents could not afford to help me study overseas. However, I never stopped dreaming about my goal to have an overseas education and I was lucky to receive one of the Australian Government’s Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships to study in Australia.”
Volunteering helps me understand Australian culture
Harriyadi Irawan on why Melbourne was the perfect place for him to study. Supplied: Study Melbourne
“I chose Melbourne for a number of reasons. I knew the city had an outstanding reputation for its quality of education, and I also knew that it was a city focused on international students.
“Perhaps most importantly, I really liked the fact that Melbourne is home to a huge number of international events every year and has endless opportunities to volunteer or gain internships.”
Harriyadi is a volunteer with Jesuit Social Services, and is a passionate City of Melbourne International Student Ambassador. He points to the volunteer work as one of the best ways to make friends and get a sense of belonging in a new city.
“Through school I got to go all over Victoria and I’ve gained such a deep understanding of my field of study – much more than I would have if my studies had just been focused on the academic aspects.”
Studying in Melbourne was the best decision
For Harriyadi, studying in Melbourne was “the best decision” of his life, and he’s passionate about other international students having as great an experience as he did.
“For me, what really made a difference was being proactive; talking to as many people as possible, building a network and having fun!”
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.