For Sri Lankan student Nilumi Amarabandu, studying at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne has given her the opportunity to pursue new and challenging experiences.
Moving to a new country to study at Swinburne has given Nilumi more freedom, she said.
"Coming to Australia has meant I've grown up a lot. In my country, it's more family-oriented, but here you have to work, study and live all on your own. It's given me so much independence."
Nilumi is studying IT and business at Swinburne, and she says learning about business software has given her more options for the future.
"The technology in Australia is so advanced. I've been working with SAP business software, which isn't available in Sri Lanka. When I finish my course, I'd like a job as a business analyst," she said.
Business and IT are just two of the study options at Swinburne. As a dual-sector institution, Swinburne offers both TAFE courses and university degrees in areas including engineering, psychology, aviation, multimedia, design, and hospitality.
Swinburne has five campuses in Melbourne and one in Sarawak, East Malaysia.
Overseas students began studying at Swinburne in the 1950s. Today, the university is home to nearly 7,000 international students from more than 100 different countries.
As such, Swinburne has consistently been ranked as the best university in Melbourne for cultural diversity by the Good Universities Guide.
Swinburne TAFE has also been recognised as the best in the country, winning 'Large Training Provider of the Year' at the 2009 Australian Training Awards.
Swinburne representative Bala Ramalingam will be travelling to Sri Lanka from July 2 to 10 to participate in road shows, visit agents and meet with students. The representative can assess both TAFE and university applications for courses starting from September this year on the spot, and issue offers to eligible candidates.
Bala will also conduct pre-departure briefings on July 3 in Colombo for enrolling students. The session will cover information on visa conditions, overseas health cover, orientation and enrolment, accommodation, student life and general information about Melbourne.
To find out more contact Swinburne University of Technology http://www.international.swinburne.edu.au/contact/your-country/ or Swinburne's authorized agent in Colombo.
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Source: David Samuel, Business Development Manager Australian Trade Commission, Colombo-Sri Lanka