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 Linh Nguyen about Melbourne being a multicultural city and why that is such a big drawcard for international students.
Linh Nguyen's Story
Linh Nguyen is nearing the end of her three-year International Business degree in Melbourne. Linh's two and a half years in Melbourne have been full of learning, new friendships – and great food.
“On a normal day, I’ll go to university in the morning and then share lunch with my friends. We often end up spending the afternoon studying at the library together. In the evening, I’ll either cook or go out for dinner.
“Melbourne is a really multicultural city, so it’s not only my friends that come from around the world, it’s also the food we eat. My favourite cuisines are Japanese and Korean,” says Linh.
The fact that Melbourne is multicultural, was a big drawcard for Linh.
“I came to visit Melbourne a few years ago and was attracted by the multicultural environment here."
Linh is from Hai Phong in northern Vietnam. She was used to living in a big city, but she worried about how to make new friends and feel at home so far from her home country.
In the end, she settled into her new life quickly, following a few simple challenges she set for herself.
Think positively and keep happy
“I always try to think positively. I also always try to keep myself busy; if I am feeling a little lonely, I’ll challenge myself to get up and do something. There’s so much to see and do here, and Melburnians are so kind, friendly and polite. Making friends and feeling at home is actually pretty easy when you make an effort.
“Living far from home might be tough, but it makes you become more independent. My best advice is to be strong and confident, and never stop exploring – you learn so much from challenging yourself.’
Linh Nguyen on why she chose to come to Melbourne. Supplied: Study Melbourne
Exciting ways to learn
Linh has also learnt a lot from being immersed in a learning environment that encourages participation and creativity. She points to the lecturers’ constant encouragement to “think creatively and explore new ideas” as one of the most exciting elements of studying in Melbourne.
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.