Rikki from Singapore studied a Bachelor of Human Movement at the University of South Australia and says he felt welcomed as soon as he arrived in Adelaide.
“I enjoy making new friends, both locally and internationally and learning about their culture,” Rikki said. “South Australians are really friendly and helpful people and they never say no when you need advice.”
Creating these bonds of friendship allowed Rikki to form a network of connections from around the world while studying here.
Diana came to Adelaide to study a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Adelaide, with her final year research project on a treatment for agricultural waste. Coming to Adelaide because of the high calibre of research opportunities, Diana says studying in a different cultural setting has opened many doors for her.
“I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to study this area of research in Malaysia, so during my time in Adelaide, I have found that learning in a different cultural setting allowed me to experience a different mindset.”
In addition to participating in a traditional Malaysian dance group at OzAsia Festival, Diana has volunteered to be on the Malaysian Council of Students Australia.
“This has helped me to better adapt to life in Adelaide; allowing me to mingle, meet new people and become part of a community,” she said. “It has also allowed me to help new students better adapt to life here”
Arijeet Chakrabarty from Calcutta, India, moved to Adelaide to study a Master in Business Administration (Finance). Citing the city’s affordability, cleanliness and green landscape as his reasons for moving, Arijeet said he’d recommend Adelaide to others in India.
“Adelaide is a beautiful city, and perfect for those seeking to escape from the usual hustle and bustle of a big city life,” he said. “You can live in the hills but still be close to the sea, the cost of living is relatively less expensive compared to the other cities, and there is plenty going on in Adelaide to keep you busy.”
After graduating in 2013, Arijeet now works as a Graduate Financial Advisor for Johnston Grocke.
High school student Koshi has always had a love for the arts, which is why he chose to spend a year studying at Charles Campbell College. Just three weeks after leaving Tokyo and commencing study, Koshi was in the school’s Adelaide Fringe performance, and starred in the whole school production of the Wizard of Oz. Koshi (pictured top left) says he chose to come to Adelaide to study dance because of South Australia’s reputation for being an arts capital.
“Because Adelaide is famous for the arts, I was looking forward to learning dance here,” he said. “Charles Campbell is really good Arts School, therefore I decided to do artistic subjects because I wanted to study what I cannot learn in Japan.”
Outside of the classroom, Koshi networked within the artistic community while he was in Adelaide; working with famous dance choreographers ad companies, and taking part in the Fringe Art Festival.
YiWei has been playing the piano since she was six years old, and is in her fourth year of studying Honours in Music at The University of Adelaide‘s Elder Conservatorium of Music.
While many students from her home country of Malaysia don’t tend to focus on music, YiWei said she’s grateful to the University for providing her with a supportive learning environment that has enabled her to study something she’s passionate about.
“There is a different education system here in Australia compared to Malaysia,” she said. “Content in Malaysia is spoon fed to students, but here in Adelaide teachers are more inspiring and guide you to form your own opinions.
Jayden and Clement
Prince Alfred College students Jayden and Clement Wong moved to Adelaide from Hong Kong with a desire to study aviation after completing their high school education. In Years 8 and 9, the two boys study subjects including Chinese, English, Mathematics, Biology, Music, Physics and PE, and have taken part in a homestay program as well as living within the College’s boarding house. When asked about the differences between Hong Kong and Australia, the boys said that life in Adelaide was more relaxed and less competitive, with more opportunities for extra-curricular activities; including a five week camping trip to Wambana – the College’s beachside property at Point Turton on the Yorke Peninsula – that included surfing and swimming.
“Our camping trip was like nothing we’d ever done before,” the boys said. “It was the polar opposite to life in Hong Kong.”