Not many people can say they have friends from Mexico, Europe and China, but since joining Victoria University (VU), Fenny Tey has formed friendships all over the world.
"Coming to VU has taught me to be independent and do everything myself," the 22-year-old Malaysian business student says.
"But it’s also taught me a bit about the world – I have European, Mexican and Chinese friends so I’ve learnt a lot about their cultures by being their friend," she says.
Fenny transferred to VU from Sunway College in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, in 2015 as part of the VU-Sunway "twinning" program.
Established in 2007, the Sunway College (Johor Bahru) credit transfers program enables students to study a VU Bachelor of Business degree at Sunway, with the option of transferring to Melbourne for a portion of their studies to gain valuable international experience. Students studying in Melbourne can select from any one of 13 Bachelor of Business specialisations.
Fenny, who is majoring in accounting, says she decided to transfer to Melbourne for the final year of her degree after hearing positive feedback from her Sunway peers.
"My superiors were studying here and they told me the experience is very interesting so it attracted me.
"The thing I like most about studying at VU is the team work and group assignments. It’s taught me the importance of team work and how to cooperate to achieve a common goal, such as good grades."
"The campuses are quite convenient to reach and have a lot of facilities for students to use.
"VU also became smoke-free in March 2016 so it’s a nicer environment to study in, and a lot healthier for the students as well."
Fenny’s advice to her Malaysian counterparts is to "step outside your comfort zone".
"A lot of Malaysians come to Australia as a group, they don't want to come here on their own but there’s no worries coming here on your own.
Melbourne people are very friendly so if you're thinking about it, you should come here and face the experience because it’s really very good."
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