Scholars all set for the University


"My degree will help me make a difference."

"I selected to study at University of Melbourne because of three main reasons: The academic background and standards of the University; unique and specialist courses offered only by the University; and its beautiful structure and surroundings.

I am planning to work towards the development of my country with the knowledge I gain from my degree. I was a part of several advocacy campaigns to support youth and women rights in Sri Lanka and will continue to work towards the same when I go back with a better background and recognition. I also want to contribute towards long-term sustainable development of marginalised women in Sri Lanka.

Studying at Melbourne means a lot for me. I am developing myself, with great education and facilities. It is an honour to study in such a prestigious university and contribute to my country.

I am proud to be a part of the University and gain a Melbourne experience."


Sarah Soysa
Sri Lanka
Master of Development Studies (Gender and Development)
Australia Awards Scholarship

"My degree will help me make a difference!"

Sarah Soysa
Sri Lanka
Master of Development Studies (Gender and Development)
Australia Awards Scholarship

The University’s Systems Gardens was awash with colours on 20 February as over 200 students in traditional attire from 41 countries gathered together for the conclusion of the Introductory Academic Program (IAP).

The IAP is a preparatory subject provided to Australia Awards Scholars before the start of the semester. It helps the new scholars make a smooth transition to study in Australia as well as acquire academic skills by introducing them to the Australian academic environment.

For five weeks, the incoming scholars have been attending sessions in in critical thinking, thesis writing, research skills, academic writing and computer literacy. They have also sat through sessions on practical topics like finding accommodation, maintaining health and well-being, budgeting and finance, as well as information they need if they’re bringing family to Australia.

Conducted each semester, the IAP was another huge success this year, with scholars forming friendships with those from other cultural backgrounds.

The University is committed to providing high level support to our Australia Awards scholars, with a range of services tailored specifically to their needs. Dedicated staff are also on hand to provide them advice and support on a variety of needs during their study.


Photos from the event

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