More than skin deep at VU

Improving the health of the human body’s largest organ – the skin – is the driving force behind Levina Wirawan’s career aspirations.


International student Levina Wirawan is studying the Diploma of Beauty Therapy at Victoria Polytechnic.

The Indonesian student came to Melbourne in February to study the Diploma of Beauty Therapy at Victoria Polytechnic, the TAFE division of Victoria University (VU).

Upon completion of the one-year course, she will enter the second year of the Bachelor of Dermal Sciences at VU – the only dermal degree taught by an English-speaking university in the world.

"I really like to take care of people’s skin," Levina, from Bandung in West Java, says.

"It’s really satisfying to see the improvement in their skin, and know that you’ve contributed to that success," she says.

"My ultimate goal is to open a clinic of my own, so that’s why I chose VU – because it’s one of the only universities in the world with a dermal degree, and a clear pathway to it."

She says her favourite part of the diploma is providing facial treatments, which is a core unit.

"The subjects are all really interesting and Victoria Polytechnic delivers them very clearly.

"This is especially important to me, being an international student."

Living in Melbourne’s CBD, just minutes away from where the diploma is delivered, at VU’s City King Campus, Levina says she enjoys the city’s cosmopolitan, friendly lifestyle.

"Melbourne is a multicultural city and it’s the world’s most liveable city – it’s easy to enjoy living here."

Courses studied

Diploma of Beauty Therapy