There’s a place for you in Melbourne: Ana's Story

Students from all over the world choose to study in Melbourne, Australia’s best student city.

Constantly ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world, Melbourne is home to more that 200,000 international students from over 170 countries.

Ana Sanchez’s home town is the bustling Colombian city of Cali, known for its passion for sport and salsa dancing. Cali may be on the other side of the South Pacific Ocean, but for Ana, homesickness hasn’t been a problem.

Melbourne is a city of diversity

Ana has quickly settled into what she calls the most multicultural city she’s ever encountered and has made great friends from around the world.

‘The thing I love the most about living in Melbourne is the multiculturalism. I’ve never experienced anything like this. The city is a melting pot of all different kinds of cultures and traditions. Melbourne is the whole world, in one city!’ says Ana.

She’s about to complete an advanced level certificate in English and has loved every moment of her time in Melbourne. Before arriving in Australia, she spent considerable time researching suitable destinations.

Melbourne has it all – educational opportunities, nature, vibrant, safe

‘For me it was really important to study in a city that had a mix of great educational opportunities, beautiful nature experiences as well as a vibrant, safe community for young people. Melbourne ticked all those boxes and more.’

Make friends from around the world

Ana has dramatically improved her English. She has also spent time exploring the city and Victoria – and made friends from around the world. The fact that the city is home to students and workers from many countries made Ana feel welcome and quickly at home.

‘I’m so glad I chose Melbourne. It’s just been wonderful! I have met so many people from so many different places, I have tasted amazing food and experienced the most breathtaking scenery. Melbourne is a place where it is almost impossible to get bored.’

When asked about any advice for students considering Melbourne, she doesn’t hesitate:

‘Just come! You won’t regret it. The hardest thing about being in Melbourne is knowing that it’s not forever. If you do come, I hope that you make an effort to make every single day special and interesting, soaking up all that the city has to offer.’

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.

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