For Shu Ling Lim, the opportunity to combine her interests in marketing and international trade was the driving force that led her to Victoria University (VU).
The 22-year-old is in her final semester of the Bachelor of Business, majoring in Marketing and International Trade, which she began at Sunway College Kuala Lumpur almost three years ago, following a diploma in event management.
Part of VU’s innovative international delivery partnerships, the Sunway/VU program enables students to undertake a VU business degree at Sunway College KL or Johor Bahru, with the option of completing part of their studies onshore at VU in Melbourne.
"What I enjoy most about the course is the industry-relevant learning," Shu Ling, who arrived in Melbourne in July, says.
"As part of the assessment, we worked in groups to develop a business project from scratch, which we then pitched to real-life capital investors," she says.
"The course has helped me to develop my leadership skills and expand my business knowledge, which will help me to succeed in the workplace."
"The teachers have really helped us to understand the world economy, and how to implement marketing strategies into our business project.
"I’ve really enjoyed the City Flinders Campus because it’s so convenient – everything you need is just a short walk from the campus."
From November 2015 to June 2016, Shu Ling was President of the VU Business Club in Sunway – an academic support and social group for Sunway students studying VU business qualifications.
She says the role has enabled her to develop leadership skills and meet new people.
"I found it was a great way to make new friends – we organise a lot of events and activities for students in the program and we also look at issues beyond the classroom.
"The VU Business Club is like a second home for me; I really see the members as family members after we went through so much hard work and achievement."
Shu Ling says she recommends VU Melbourne to other international students who want to experience living and studying abroad.
"People might be afraid of the culture shock or think they won’t make friends but there is a Malaysian students' association at VU that they can join to help them adapt in Melbourne.
"There are a lot of other clubs and societies, events and activities that students can also join to enrich their life in Melbourne.
"Melbourne itself is a very multicultural city, making it easy to adapt – you will definitely love the city."