Determined to become a project manager, Victoria Mardueno chose Victoria University (VU) – the University of Opportunity and Success – to help her reach her goals.
"I heard VU is a great place to study and it also offers the Graduate Diploma in Project Management, which other universities don’t provide," the 27-year-old says.
An international student from Mexico, Victoria arrived in Melbourne in September 2016 to complete an English language course with VU English, the University’s English language centre, in preparation for her graduate diploma next February.
As part of the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course, Victoria is learning English conventions for academic reading, writing, speaking and listening, including how to take lecture notes and write academic essays.
Designed for students with upper immediate to advanced levels of English language proficiency, EAP prepares for and provides direct entry into diplomas, undergraduate and postgraduate courses at VU.
"The most important thing I’ve learnt so far is writing skills because it’s related to academic assignments, which will help me a lot in my future course work.
"Beyond the course itself, the learning environment at VU is also important because it helps you understand how to interact with students from other countries, which is something you can’t learn in Mexico."
Victoria, who completed her Bachelor of Administration from the National Autonomous University of Mexico in 2012, says prospective students who are thinking of studying at VU in Melbourne should "take the challenge".
"Melbourne is such a great city to live and study in.
"The people here are very friendly – if you have a problem in the street, they will go out of their way to help you.
"My advice to other international students is don’t look back because you won’t regret it."