The place to be

Despite moving solo to a foreign country, international student Shaneal Williams has felt a wealth of support since she arrived at Victoria University in 2014.

“VU has put so many programs in place to help international students,” Shaneal says.

“I am yet to encounter one lecturer or tutor who doesn't have their students’ interest at heart; it's not just a job to them,” she says.

“VU is the place to be because the staff care about your success and they will challenge you in social and professional ways you never knew possible.”

The Jamaican-born undergraduate completed her Diploma of Business (Enterprise) at VU College – a specialist pathway provider of VU – in June 2015.

The one-year diploma enabled Shaneal to transfer to the second year of the Bachelor of Business and expand her career options through the International Hospitality Management specialisation.

“I’ve really enjoyed the Operations Management component of the course,” Shaneal says.

“It covers the nitty gritty of business and really prepares you for the working world, with tools to succeed as a manager.”

Shaneal says VU Collaborate – the University’s learning management system – is one of VU’s best assets.

“I love how easy VU Collaborate has made my learning experience.

“Through VU Collaborate I can upload my assignments direct to the tutor, complete online assessments and communicate with other students in my class.

“It really simplifies my studies and makes it easier for me to get through my course.”

Shaneal says she hopes to stay at VU to complete her masters degree in the coming years, owing to the strong social networks she has developed in Melbourne.

“I’ve made great friendships and built good and useful networks through VU.

“Some of these people, both students and lecturers, will be friends for life.”

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