StudentAmbassadors

Canberra's world-class institutions and schools attract thousands of students from all over Australia and the world, positively contributing to our city and community. In recognition of this our Student Ambassador program was developed to tell the stories of just some of the exceptional individuals who choose to study here. Studying across diploma, undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD levels, volunteering on campus or in the community, these students are our future leaders and an example of the fantastic opportunities on offer in Australia’s education capital.

MEET THE 2018 STUDY CANBERRA STUDENT AMBASSADORS

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    Adnan from Pakistan, studying a PhD in Electrical Engineering at UNSW Canberra.
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    Andrei from Russia, studying a Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at ANU.
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    Binod from Nepal, studying PhD in Aerospace Engineering at UNSW Canberra.
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    Francine from Australia, studying a Bachelor of Languages / Bachelor of Arts at ANU.
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    Janine from Singapore, studying a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) at ANU.
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    Jasmine from Australia, studying a Bachelor of Marketing Management / Bachelor of Communications in Advertising at UC.
  • Image of Ambassador Jessica
    Jessica from Australia, studying a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics and a Bachelor of Commerce at ANU.
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    Katherine from Vietnam, studying a Masters of Teaching at UC.
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    Khalil from Afghanistan, studying a Bachelor of Laws / Politics, Philosophy and Economics at ANU.
  • Image of Ambassador Kriti
    Kriti from India, studying a Masters of Social Work at ACU.
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    Macarena from Chile, studying Certificate Three Early Childhood Education and Care at CIT.
  • Image of Ambassador Monica
    Monica from China, studying a Bachelor of Accounting and Arts at ANU.
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    Monica from China, studying Year 12 at Canberra College.
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    Pascal from Republic of Cameroon, studying a Certificate Four in Information Technology Networking at CIT.
  • Image of Ambassador Peter
    Peter from Australia, studying a Bachelor of Heritage, Museums and Conservation at UC.
  • Image of Ambassador Razi
    Razi from Indonesia, studying a Bachelor of Information Technology at ANU.
  • Image of Ambassador Stephan
    Stephan from Germany, studying a Master of International Relations at ANU.
  • Image of Ambassador Tanaya
    Tanaya from Australia, studying a Bachelor Media Arts and Production / Bachelor Arts at UC.
  • Image of Ambassador Taylor
    Taylor from Australia, studying a Bachelor of Arts (Digital Design & Production / Japanese) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology at UC & ANU.
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    Read the Student Ambassador profiles and discover more about studying in Canberra.

“The best thing about Canberra is the young and friendly community feel. It is easy to feel connected - every time you walk through campus you say hi to people you know. People in Canberra come from such diverse backgrounds, and each of them adds to the vibrancy of the community.” - Andrei from Russia.

2018 Study Canberra Student Ambassador profiles

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ADNAN

Country: Pakistan
Program: PhD in Electrical Engineering
Institution: University of New South Wales, Canberra

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

I have found Canberra a welcoming place to live. When I first started living here, my university and an Australia couple provided me with temporary places to live and helped me find permanent accommodation. They also helped me navigate the environment of Canberra such as where to find groceries and other daily tasks. It has been a pleasant and memorable experience from my first day in Canberra. Canberra is beautiful place in Australia; and is the ideal place for students to live and focus on their studies.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

I chose Canberra to pursue my postgraduate studies because of the expertise of my supervisor at the UNSW Canberra campus. Having lived in Canberra for a while now, I see so many good things like a unique opportunity to meet with senior government officials and to interact with ambassadors of many countries. Being a university student, you won’t get this chance anywhere else in Australia. This influenced my decision to live and study in Canberra. Overall, I find that Canberra is well suited for students and can be a place where they can focus on their studies and enjoy cultural festivals.

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ANDREI

Country: Russia
Program: Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Institution: Australian National University

What is a positive experience you have had in Canberra?

I love studying in Canberra because I can pick a lifestyle that suits my mood. If I feel like going out with friends and tasting some great food, we can go check out the latest crazy dessert in a café or hipster food trucks. If I want to have quiet study time without distractions, I can find a place under the shade in a park or bike to the National Library where it is easy to feel productive. For an active day outdoors, I could run up Black Mountain; and for a dose of arts and culture, there are plenty of great museums to choose from. The best thing about Canberra is that it has a young and friendly community feel, not found in big cities. It is very easy to feel connected - every time you walk through campus you can say hi to people you know. People in Canberra come from such a diverse range of countries and backgrounds, and each of them adds to the vibrancy of the community.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

When I first visited Canberra, I found it is a true university town with plenty of students living on campus, meaning it will be easy to make new friends (and it was!). It seemed to have the vibe of a smart city with beautiful nature and a very balanced lifestyle. I was especially excited to see all the important government institutions placed here, knowing there will be internship and work opportunities, which I couldn’t find anywhere else in Australia. Canberra’s vibrant food scene and obsession with coffee culture appealed to me immediately, and the fact that I could cycle to the beautiful lake Burley Griffin in 10 minutes from my home has really sealed the deal.

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BINOD

Country: Nepal
Program: PhD in Aerospace Engineering
Institution: University of New South Wales, Canberra

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

The first experience when I landed Canberra in late summer was very quiet and comforting. I found weather very close to my birth town Kathmandu, with multiple seasons throughout the year. We even had many welcoming tips about the town from our driver on the way to hotel. I have met many helpful people on the streets and am in the process of finding accommodation and settling down in this city. In Canberra, I have met people from different corners of world, which has enriched my life with multicultural and multilingual environment. Canberra has been excellent place to learn and share my life experiences.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

I chose Canberra as a place to study because of my PHD’s supervisor’s expertise in my field of research.  My University, UNSW is also in the GO8 and has a high profile in academic research which helped me choose Canberra as a place to study. The city has everything to enjoy life and has multiple activities on all throughout the year. In addition, I have spent a long time of my life in big cities that is busy, crowded and annoying at many instances whereas Canberra is quiet, less populated and has welcoming communities. I like to go into woods and enjoy nature and city is excellent choice in terms of exploring nature. I was looking forward to have calmer study life in Canberra.

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FRANCINE

Country: Australia
Program: Bachelor of Languages / Bachelor of Arts
Institution: Australian National University

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

I have had many positive experiences in Canberra, from taking advantage of the superb cycling network (I particularly love cycling around the western loop of the lake) and watching the sunrise from Mt Ainsle with my housemates, to volunteering for the ANU Community Ambassador program. The most significant reasons why I love studying in Canberra are that I am inspired by the progressiveness, ambition and political awareness of the people around me. I am proud to live and study in a city which promotes research, cycling and which produced the highest ‘yes’ vote of any Australian state or territory in the recent marriage equality vote. I have loved studying in Canberra and am looking forward to sharing my experience and enthusiasm!

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

My decision to move from Hobart to study at the Australian National University, is easily one of the greatest and most challenging things I have ever done. I had never actually been to Canberra before, but I knew that I wanted to move interstate for my tertiary studies. A close family friend who had studied in Canberra described the vibrancy of the student life and encouraged me to pursue my studies there. I had no idea what I was in for! It was my love of learning foreign languages and the goal to become a language teacher that lead me to ANU which is rated number one in Australia for its linguistics department. This decision has proven more fulfilling than I could have imagined. Canberra is a both a multicultural and internationally focused city which has added depth and insight to my love of languages. A year later, I feel proud that I took the risk and I am confident in my decision.

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JANINE

Country: Singapore
Program: Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Institution: Australian National University

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

When I first arrived in Canberra – as the directionally challenged person that I am – I got super lost on my way to a medical appointment. I took the bus in entirely the wrong direction, and ended up at the absolute opposite of where I needed to be. I still remember how friendly and kind people in Canberra were to me, something that I had not experienced elsewhere, and how they helped me stay calm, giving me directions and offering me advice about navigating the city. This is an aspect of Canberrans that I have noticed over and over again – the sense of friendliness and community. Between friends and groups on the university campus and the local community gatherings held frequently in Canberra – you will truly never have to feel alone.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

I moved to Melbourne for high school when I was younger – when I told my peers that I was going to move to Canberra for university, they thought that I was crazy. But moving here has been the best choice I have ever made. People come to Canberra for university, and this means that there is a unique culture that encourages intellectual curiosity and a love for learning. It also means that people are more independent and eager to make new friends – it is a very friendly city, and people come from all over the world, so it truly is a melting pot of cultures! Additionally, Canberra is a planned city – it is meant to work as well as it does. The proximity of the city to nature, and the ease of transport and travel – it really is an ideal place for a university student to live.

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JASMINE

Country: Australia
Program: Bachelor of Marketing Management / Bachelor of Communications in Advertising
Institution: University of Canberra

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

My amazing experience in Canberra has thrived off the constant event offerings and things to do, truly challenging the myth that Canberra is boring. Canberra is the ideal place to meet and socialise with others. The capital offers a range of festivals throughout the year including Enlighten, Multicultural Festival, Floriade, The Commons Street Food Festival, Skyfire and the Canberra Balloon Festival – just to name a few. Whether it be soaking up the sun at Floriade, sharing a plate of desserts with a friend, watching fireworks or the sun rise as the hot air balloons fill the sky. The opportunities are endless. A true meeting place, Canberra’s strong community is unified through the cities constant event offerings filling the city with laughter, joy and positivity. In Canberra, you can create and enjoy positive unique experiences with friends and family every day.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

Although a small city, Canberra encompasses unique attributes that you will not find elsewhere. Named one of the best cities in the world, the peaceful capital provides world class education, a strong diverse community and immense employment opportunities. Selecting Canberra as my destination to further my studies was easy. The small area of the city enables lower commute times, enabling individuals to travel from one side of the city to another with ease. Further, the less crowded environment allows individuals to soak in the fresh air and enjoy the surrounding nature the city offers. Allowing me to excel in my studies, develop my career whilst being just a quick drive away from supporting family and friends made Canberra my chosen location to study.

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JESSICA

Country: Australia
Program: Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics and a Bachelor of Commerce
Institution: Australian National University

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

Canberra facilitates my lifestyle perfectly, I enjoy being able to go for hikes and bike rides and being surrounded by nature, as well as having the perks of living in a city. Canberra allows for the facilities and attractions found in a city alongside a more homely and friendly atmosphere found in many smaller towns. I love studying in Canberra because everything is so simple and close, I can get everywhere I want to go easily with my bike or by walking. The relaxed atmosphere here is perfect for students and I always feel safe and welcome.

My most memorable experience in Canberra so far would have to be the Spilt Milk festival, I was able to see some of my favourite artists and meet some amazing new people. It was really cool to have people from all over the country come to Canberra for this festival and to have it be held at Commonwealth Park.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

Initially when I chose to study in Canberra, I gave little thought about the city. My motivation to move stemmed from the Australian National University (ANU) being a highly regarded university with the option of completing a conjoint in four years. ANU also offered the rare Politics, Philosophy & Economics Degree that I was so interested in. I liked the idea of studying in the capital and thought that Canberra would be far more student friendly than a larger city such as Sydney or Melbourne. It took moving to Canberra for me to truly appreciate this city and fall in love with the city’s unique quirks.

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KATHERINE

Country: Vietnam
Program: Masters of Teaching
Institution: University of Canberra (Completed undergraduate program at ANU)

What is a positive experience you have had in Canberra?

There are so many memorable things I have experienced since I came to Canberra, but I have to say it’s the people that makes me love this place. My friend and I were on a house hunting mission on a gloomy day. Neither of us have a car so we were just bussing from places to places. Suddenly it was pouring and we were completely soaked. A lady stopped by and offered us a lift back to the nearest bus station. I would probably never meet her again, but she is one of the many examples how kind and welcoming people in Canberra are. How can you not love the place?

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

I wanted to choose a city that has all the qualities of a ‘college town’: high quality education, student friendly and high safety level. Canberra offers them all. It has a world class university, lots of activities and also jobs for students. I never encounter any problem while living here. Even if life stresses me out, a one or two-hour drive would get me to the coast or to numerous nature reserves around. I have no regrets in choosing Canberra.

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KHALIL

Country: Afghanistan
Program: Bachelor of Laws / Politics, Philosophy and Economics
Institution: Australian National University

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

One of the positive experiences I had was how easy it was to settle into Canberra. It is easy for students to find accommodation and living in one of the residential colleges helped me to adjust to student life. Soon after arriving in Canberra I found a casual job and there are work opportunities for students. Additionally, due to Canberra’s sporting facilities such as the AIS there are many sporting clubs. I was able to continue Taekwondo training by joining a local club. Canberra is a great city. There are many opportunities for students to achieve their goals.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

I came to Canberra to study Law/PPE and to pursuing my interests in global business. Canberra is a very international city, where people from all different backgrounds and cultures come to work and study. In particular, at the Australian National University, there is a vibrant and inclusive intellectual community in which diverse shades of opinion and ideas are shared. Canberra is also the political heart of Australia and institutions often have connections with government departments. I thought this would help me with my career by providing me with connections and experience relevant to my future.

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KRITI

Country: India
Program: Masters of Social Work
Institution: Australian Catholic University

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

Each day that I spend in this city becomes a part of my memorable experience. But perhaps, the most impressive thing that I find about Canberra is its cerulean skies. The skies are so clear and pristine that I sometimes enjoy a saunter under the sky full of stars. The quality of air and the lush green surroundings makes it a precious gem of this country. The vibrancy of this city gets enhanced by the active lifestyle that people lead. Be it walking around Lake Burly Griffin, bush walking up Mount Ainslie, or a two hour trip to the world’s whitest sand beach (Hyams beach), my experience of living in Canberra has been phenomenal!

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

Canberra (meaning, ‘a meeting place’), is a place that shares the charm of a small city and the essence of a successful metropolitan hub. This juxtaposition is not a commonly found luxury in today’s world and hence, choosing Canberra as my study city was relatively easy. The multifarious opportunities that Canberra offers are indeed, impressive. As an international student, I believe that it is very important to research the place where one would be spending a significant amount of time. This city has all those attributes that I and most international students look for. For instance, safety, convenience of commuting from one place to another and cultural diversity. Canberra, is a confluence of culture and art. From Greek food eateries to Malaysian joints, and varieties of sumptuous vegan and vegetarian options, the expanse of gastronomic delights is incredible.

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MACARENA

Country: Chile
Program: Certificate Three in Early Childhood Education and Care
Institution: Canberra Institute of Technology

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

I love studying in Canberra because it is very convenient to catch a bus when I shop for groceries or go to the bank. Since I do not drive, it is easier for me to get around Canberra using the ACTION Bus service, which has low rates for students.   The people are always polite, are happy to help you and make you feel comfortable.

One of my favourite reasons are the variety of cafes and restaurants which makes a good ambience in the environment. I love coffee and trying out new type of food. In Canberra you are able to find different places with different environments and prices.

Another thing I really enjoy about Canberra is nature walks around the lake or reading a good book at the park. Also, at the same time I feel safe, because Canberra has lowest crime rates. It makes me feel comfortable as being a woman living in a society where you get more support, equality and hope.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

Canberra has two widely recognized universities that provide high level education. It has also been recently listed as the 3rd best city for 2018 by Lonely Planet.

The lifestyle in the city provides easy access to facilities to the students. Canberra is a planned and managed city, so it has many perks on getting around in convenient way.

With the population of over 400,000, there are more opportunities (compared other cities) for starting a career, which is a plus point for undergraduate and graduate students. Due to that reason there are more than 25% student population in Canberra. That counts as one of the highest student population city in Australia. It is not only good for studying, but it also has wide ranges of bushlands where students can enjoy the bushwalks and meet the kangaroos which is quite fascinating for international students. Also, Canberra has many activities, festivals and events through the year for students and families.

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MONICA

Country: China
Program: Bachelor of Accounting and Arts
Institution: Australian National University

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

Volunteering definitely counts as one of my best experiences in Canberra. Canberra offers extensive volunteering opportunities, backed by welcoming communities and organisations. The School Volunteering Program offers me great chance to interact with high school students in Canberra, where I come to learn more about Australian education system and Australian culture. Volunteering and Contact ACT introduces me to knowledge about services and organisations in Canberra and gives me the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds. Volunteering for catholicCare enhances my professional skills in Accounting. I’ve gained a lot through volunteering and I feel truly thankful for Canberra

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

As a student from China, I’m always looking for a place that can offer me something different. Canberra is quite different from China in terms of the environment and multicultural elements. It is very quiet and rich with natural sceneries, where people can slow down and be free of the bustle and hustle of busy cities. Canberra also offers good opportunities for students to be in touch with the world. As the capital city of Australia, Canberra has attracted people from different cultures and managed to create a harmonious community for all people to live in. Canberra is definitely a right place to broaden my horizons and open my mind!

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MONICA

Country: China
Program: Year 12
Institution: Canberra College

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

Canberra is a wonderful city. There is no other like it. It is not busy like the other cities but it is developing in its own special way, quiet and fast. As an international student from China, most of the experiences are memorable and very new. Highlights include volunteering at the Multicultural Festival, meeting new friends from different countries and doing a part time job.

When I arrived in Canberra, I was very surprised when I was on the way to school, lots of people smiled to me even though we haven’t meet each other before. People always helped me. This has always made me feel so welcome and I also learned a lot from these kind people.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

The reason I chose Canberra as a place to study is that Canberra is a very safe city. I am the only child in my family, my parents always think that safety is the most important thing for me wherever I am, whatever I do. After we knew more about Canberra, I found that Canberra is a very dynamic city. This was an important factor that led me to choose Canberra for my high school study. Also, I like the study style in Canberra. I can have more free time for myself and I can learn how to plan my time more effectively. I like Canberra’s quiet atmosphere and I like the lifestyle in Canberra.

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PASCAL

Country: Republic of Cameroon
Program: Certificate Four in Information Technology Networking
Institution: Canberra Institute of Technology

What is a positive experience you have had in Canberra?

The serenity of the city, absence of traffic jams, and reliable transport system means I can get to my classes without owning a car and on time.  Students in Canberra also have opportunities to work. Working part-time comes with experience, exposure to technical skills. And the added cash from working as a student allows the student to visit some of the cities top restaurants with dishes as delicious as those in Paris, but for far lower prices. I love living and studying in Canberra.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

Canberra has several historic and cultural sites which makes it an ideal city for students from all walks of life. The National War Memorial and the War Museum exhibit the spirit of Australia, defending our diversity and growth. Besides, Australia’s Number 1 University and the Australian Parliament are housed in Canberra. Both institutions represent the values that I cherish, integrity, hard work and diversity. These cultural diversity appeals student from different races and nationalities to gather in Canberra, which enables us as student to learn and interact with super creative, innovative and friendly people from different backgrounds. These are the reasons, among others, why I chose to study in Canberra.

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PETER

Country: Australia
Program: Bachelor of Heritage, Museums and Conservation
Institution: University of Canberra

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

Studying in the Bush Capital is a no-brainer as you’re never far from essential services such as shopping and public transport. In addition, getting around is easy as it only takes around 30 mins to get from one side of the city to the other with very little congestion. Canberra, The Bush Capital lives up to its name as there is more open space and trees than one could imagine, which is welcome respite from urban life. From above, it appears Canberra is blanketed by trees which gives the city its unique feel and keeps the air clean. Canberra has recently been ranked 3rd in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel as well as being ranked one of the world’s least polluted capitals by Traveller website.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

Usually universities in big cities have too much of a fast paced urban feel. Canberra feels more laid-back in comparison, like you’ve found a hidden gem in a unlikely spot. Despite this, there are all kinds of courses you can study and pursue, which shows the best education can be found of the unlikeliest of places. Canberra is also home to the National Film and Sound Archive which is where I desire to work, as well as the National Museum of Australia and the Australian War Memorial, two very important Australian museums which can help me get a better understanding on the restoration and preservation of historic artefacts.

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RAZI

Country: Indonesia
Program: Bachelor of Information Technology
Institution: Australian National University

What is a positive experience you have had in Canberra?

The act of studying itself in Canberra is very much enjoyable. Everything is so peaceful and quiet making it easy to study anywhere from a Café in the middle of the city to the 24-hour libraries at the Universities. One time I was studying at ANU’s Chifley Library myself in the evening, occasionally peering out the window to see the frolicking rabbits outside on the Libraries Lawn. After several hours and several of my friends joining in me in my non-stop study session I was exhausted and decided we needed a refresher. We walked to the city centre from our library, and hopped around from place to place enjoying Canberra’s great nightlife for a few hours. After we were satisfied, we returned to the library and resumed our studying until late, catching up on some deadlines. This experience is the epitome of Canberra – the city that provides you the best of both sides of university life.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

For university, I wanted a place that would allow me to focus on my studies and one that I would be comfortable in, but also be able to fuel my youthful needs and allow me to grow - Canberra was the best choice. Canberra has a small-town vibe, cheap living, no traffic, not too many people and is nature abundant. It’s a great place to live and study peacefully. But in addition to this, it’s a capital city, providing you with the facilities not all small towns have – world-class universities, 24-hour libraries, large shopping centres, a bustling nightlife and a vibrant and diverse community. Because of this, I am always able to enjoy all sides of university life – from being studious, to being young and having fun– and switch between the two effortlessly.

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STEPHAN

Country: Germany
Program: Master of International Relations
Institution: Australian National University

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

The first thing that comes to my mind is the local IGA in Civic. Going out for food and supermarkets can be quite expensive in Australia, especially here in Canberra, but this IGA still blows my mind about how cheap you can get fresh ingredients there. I love to cook and try to use as many fresh and nutritious ingredients as possible and the IGA always offers an abundance of fresh fruits, veggies and herbs, some of which you won’t get in any other supermarket in Canberra and some of them I never even knew existed – and all of them for a fraction of what you’d pay for elsewhere.

Another memorable experience was my first bike trip around Lake Burley Griffin. Biking in Canberra is fantastic, and bike-paths are well developed and get you anywhere in the city. But, the Burley-Griffin-Loop tops everything. If you like nature, wildlife, different vegetation zones, beaches, dams, forests, parks, architecture or scenic views, you should go for a ride around Burley-Griffin because the circuit offers all of this.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

I picked Canberra because I wanted to get the best education possible. For my program, International Relations, ANU is one of the world’s leading universities with an incredible amount of research facilities. Besides, the government is right at my doorstep and several international organizations like the United Nations or the Australian Institute for International Affairs and major NGOs either have offices or are based here in Canberra.

I also feel the city has tremendous potential and offers its students a unique experience that ranges from cultural festivals like the National Multicultural Festival, Floriade or the Canberra Nara Festival, to an abundance of International Restaurants, a vibrant nightlife and of course the great outdoors with hiking, trekking, kayaking and skiing opportunities at your doorstep.

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TANAYA

Country: Australia
Program: Bachelor Media Arts and Production / Bachelor Arts
Institution: University of Canberra

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

Through my Media Arts and Production Degree I have had the opportunity to connect with a variety of individuals related to the film industry. I have had the chance to work on several projects including the festival, Focus on Ability. With majority of the cast and crew being university students, we developed a documentary showcasing the achievements of a student with a disability. From this documentary we were invited to an awards night in Sydney and were also interviewed for an article in the University of Canberra magazine. I believe this is just the start of the amazing opportunities that are to come out of studying here in Canberra and I look forward to many more experiences in the future.

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

When I left school I wanted to be adventurous. I didn’t want to just go to a local university in Sydney or Newcastle. Instead, I uprooted my life and moved to a place I hadn’t been in years, knowing no one and nothing about Canberra as it is today. Stepping into the unknown was scary to say the least, however, as soon as I settled in I started to take in the vast landscape of the city. Ranging from national buildings to beautiful natural parks, waterways and forests, Canberra suited anyone and everyone. The abundance of festivals and events on in the territory also adds to the overall atmosphere of a calm but bustling place to be.

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TAYLOR

Country: Australia
Program: Bachelor of Arts (Digital Design & Production / Japanese) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Institution: University of Canberra and Australian National University

What is a memorable experience you have had in Canberra?

Way too many to count, but let’s list some of the highlights… Eating a bunch of bao at the Night Noodle Markets. Driving to the Cotter at 10pm, laying a picnic rug down and counting shooting stars with friends while they jam on their guitars. Sharing eight incredible, crazy-cheap-to-share dishes at award-winning Akiba with the girls. Doing a scavenger hunt around the city and serenading a Mooseheads bouncer. Easy day trips to the coast for sun and fun. Drinking famous Freakshakes at Patissez and Instagramming all the pics. Bushwalking at the reserve behind Bonner and seeing echidnas. Paddleboarding on Lake Burley Griffin against the backdrop of Parliament and the National Library. Late-night deep-fried Mars Bars at The G Spot. Drinks at one of our many bars… my favourite is Tipsy Bull, and Highball Express is amazing too. Canberra has a reputation for research and politics, but its gems are in its less-touristy areas, food and super-close bushland!

Why did you choose Canberra as a place to study?

I grew up in Canberra and went to art school in Sydney for my first year of Uni. I decided it wasn’t for me and came home. It was a great decision – I’ve now got the chance to combine three of my greatest passions in a dream combined degree at UC and ANU, which wouldn’t have been as doable in a bigger city; which I found maze-like, stressful and lonely. Going to Uni in Canberra is great because everything is so close that you get to spend your time doing what you want rather than making 2-hour commutes. Canberra is full of students, so the friends you can make here are really like-minded and you’ll have them for life. Canberra is also generally quiet, leafy and green, making it a great stress-free environment for the most part – but it’s still only three hours to Sydney, two hours to the beach and an hour-long flight to artsy Melbourne. While I know I won’t stay here forever, Canberra is the perfect stepping stone into the competitive world. And Canberrans are very friendly, too!

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