International

Life in Australia

Information about accommodation, living costs, culture, climate and more.

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Support services

We offer a number of different services to support our international students.

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Exchange and Overseas Short Programs

We have over 150 exchange partnerships with overseas universities.

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Programs and activities

We run a number of programs and activities to help you enjoy your time at La Trobe.

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Accommodation

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Getting around

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Living safely in Victoria and Australia

Student safety information for La Trobe University international students.

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Health care and emergency services

See the information in this section to help you in case of an emergency.

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Ankur Rastogi

Ankur Rastogi

International student, Master of Professional Accounting

“I chose La Trobe for the many facilities available to international students.”

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‘I have a previous background in accounting and I’ve always wanted to study in Melbourne. I chose La Trobe for the many facilities available to international students.’

Living in Melbourne

‘I just love Melbourne. This city deserves to stay at its numero uno position for the most livable city. The best thing about Melbourne is how accepting it is towards people from all backgrounds and cultures. That’s why we have a good mix of people in this city. Geographically it’s an amazing place too, with equal access to sea and mountains.

‘I recently attended one of the AFL games and was in complete awe. It was an amazing experience and am happy to have been part of it.’

The La Trobe experience

‘My first advice to all international students is to do some voluntary work. The numerous activities on campus are what make La Trobe so special. I am an international host with the international support team and a volunteer tutor with the School Partnerships Program. I am also the treasurer at the debating club, LOUD, and part of the student advisory group for the College of Arts, Social Science and Commerce (ASSC), where I study.

‘As an international student these activities helped me to settle in and make new friends, whilst gathering experience that will help me get a good job after uni. I would also highlight the individual student support service. I have used it a few times and my interactions with staff have been fruitful. I also think orientation is an important stepping stone towards a good university experience.

Studying the Master of Professional Accounting

‘I like the content which is directly picked from the real corporate world. I would also like to specially mention Tony Martin who is a lecturer in finance. His online videos in first semester have helped in laying a strong foundation in the subject of finance.’

What’s Next?

‘I want to become a CPA (Certified Practicing Accountant) and work for PwC (Pricewaterhouse Coopers). The university is preparing me to meet my goal.’

Nikita Talwar

Nikita Talwar

International student, Master of Business Information Systems and Management

“There is always something happening at La Trobe and the staff encourage student participation.”

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Choosing La Trobe

‘I have a business management background and these days successful managers need to have a perfect alignment between their business and IT strategies. It was at this point that I decided to change my career direction and enter the field of data analytics. I did some research, talked to my peers who were doing something similar and realized that the best way to get into IT management is to study it in-depth since I have no prior knowledge about this field.

‘Once I decided that I wanted to move to Australia, I knew it had to be in Melbourne. I began researching the best places to study and of course La Trobe University’s name popped up. I got in touch with the La Trobe representative in my home country, Mr Amit Malhotra, and he turned out to be a blessing in disguise. We had a detailed talk about what I had done and what would best suit me. I came home, studied the course guides in detail on La Trobe’s website and that’s how I ended up choosing to study a Master of Business Information Systems and Management.’

Campus life

‘La Trobe has a multi-cultural community with students from all walks of life. The University environment is very vibrant and full of life. Agora is always abuzz with activity and events. The Student Union has societies that represent each community, country and culture and everyone has equal opportunity to celebrate their diversity. I find that this freedom of expression and equal representation gives us all a feeling of oneness and makes it very easy for new students, especially from overseas to settle in the life on campus.

I’ve been involved in a lot of volunteering work in and around the campus. There is always something happening at La Trobe and the staff encourage student participation.

‘I’ve been a part of the Language And Cultural Exchange (L.A.C.E) Program by La Trobe International, which facilitates language and cultural exchange amongst students from diverse cultural backgrounds.

‘Most recently, I volunteered as an International Host for Orientation. This fabulous opportunity helped me meet new students from all across the globe, share my experience, resolve their queries and assist the International office in the general management of the registration event. I got to lead a team of nine commencing international students to victory in the Amazing Race, a treasure hunt expedition organized for new students. It was an amazing feeling for me since this role allowed me to experience all the events I had missed because of late arrival.’

The study experience

My course is very dynamic and the program director, Dr Mei-Tai Chu, makes a constant effort to incorporate current relevant topics in the structure to make us career ready and employable by the time we graduate.

‘This dedication from the program director and her entire team is very inspiring. This semester we will visit a corporate office to see how data analytics are used by businesses to transform their daily operation.

‘We cover topics like Enterprise Business Intelligence (EBI) and cybersecurity. With the subject Managing IT Projects, we were made to develop a product from start to finish over a semester and present it to our teacher’s panel at the end. This was a very learning experience as we learnt about the challenges IT project manager’s face in terms of budget, time and resources; how to turn roadblocks into opportunities, how to use various IT softwares to our benefit, etc.’

Looking towards the future

‘La Trobe focuses on making its students global citizens. I believe that my experiences from three countries together with my current degree here at La Trobe will give me a wide range of career options to choose from, including data analytics, cybersecurity, IT management and advisory and consultancy roles in Australia and across the globe.

‘My time at La Trobe has prepared me well for what is out there. In the coming five years right after my degree, I see myself working with one of the top IT consulting firms where I would thrive and grow in experience and skill. After that, who knows? As they say, sky is the limit!’

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