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Victoria University

Support for International Students

Ash

My name's Ash. I'm currently studying a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at Victoria University

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Ashfaq – Sri Lanka, Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)

We may not be the biggest university. But we have a big heart

Aditi

So by origin I'm Indian, but I was born and brought up in Botswana

Farriz

I'm a second year Bachelor of Law student and I'm from Singapore

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Aditi - India, Bachelor of Business

Farriz, Bachelor of Laws 

Senuri

Some international students …They'll spend like a lot of money trying to come here and then they think, Oh, I'll find some work, and then I be able to sort of balance it all out and then suddenly there's a pandemic and you can't really do anything.

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Senuri – Sri Lanka,

Bachelor of Psychological studies

We know that this is a challenging time for our students

Ash

I didn't want to depend on my family in terms of supporting myself here, because my family was also affected due to the pandemic.

Farriz

I think it's scary. It's scary to sit in front of your laptop, being alone in one house and say, "Okay, this is daunting."

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We’ve provided more than A$2.3m to current International students

Senuri

I use the grant for rent and I also received a hundred dollars Coles voucher that I could use for groceries.

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To support them through the difficulties of COVID-19

Farriz

It actually helped me … to get my textbooks and the required needs as well, especially paying my internet bills.

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We’re also supporting students through our employment and counselling services.

Aditi

I'm currently working at Seek. It's really great for me. I have something to do when I wake up in the morning

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Even though we can't be together yet

Ash

It means a lot to see all the staff students and the wider VU community coming together to ensure that every international student is supported in any way possible.

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We’re here for you

Aditi

It's been amazing. I'm not sure if I'd have that opportunity studying at a different university.

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And we look forward to seeing you on campus, where your future awaits

Senuri

Thank you so much VU.

Farriz

Thank you, VU.

Aditi

Thank you, VU.

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FIND OUT MORE

vu.edu.au/covid-fund

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