Home away from home

“The chance of a lifetime” are the words Sultan Bin Rubayan uses to describe the moment he received a prestigious scholarship from the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission.

Sultan was awarded the scholarship from his motherland in 2015 to pursue studies in engineering at Victoria University (VU) – a world-class university that ranks in Australia’s top 14 for engineering and technology by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2018.

“I was awarded the scholarship before I went to Australia – I didn’t have to worry about anything because it was all organised for me. It’s the chance of a lifetime,” he says.

Sultan, who is studying the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Architectural Engineering), says he chose VU because it is one of just a few Australian universities offering a specialisation in architectural engineering.

“I really enjoy the course because it’s very practical and hands-on. We use AutoCAD to design in 2D and 3D, and we also study mathematics.”

Hoping to obtain a post-study work visa after his degree to gain experience in Australia, Sultan says the best part about studying and living abroad is the culture and lifestyle.

“For me, I feel like Australia is my second home. As an international student, my advice is to live your life and enjoy every minute.”

Course studied

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Architectural Engineering)