Learning new skills, expanding her experiences and developing career opportunities were among the reasons that brought Indian student Daljeet Bhogal to Victoria University.
A former business studies teacher in New Delhi, Daljeet moved to Melbourne in November 2015 to study English for Academic Purposes (EAP) at VU English, the University’s English language centre, with the end goal to obtain a VU degree.
A preparatory program, EAP is designed for students with upper to advanced levels of English who want to gain entry to an Australian TAFE, undergraduate or postgraduate course.
Having just completed the course, Daljeet is now preparing to study her Master of Business (Accounting) at VU.
"I did accounting in high school and after that I became a teacher and was teaching accounts in India," Daljeet says.
"So when my husband wanted to move here I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to study abroad and upgrade my skills and become more innovative," she says.
Daljeet says one of the greatest drawcards of being a student at VU English is the "approachable and friendly" teachers, who are "always there no matter what".
"If I have a problem, whether academic or personal, they will always try to solve it."
On the downside, she says she is still acclimatising to Melbourne’s haphazard weather.
"The city is very beautiful and the people are very amicable but I hate the unpredictable weather!
"One minute it rains and the next it’s sunny – I hope I will get used to it soon."