Utkarsh Patel

Utkarsh Patel

Utkarsh Patel

  • Student type: International
  • Degree type: Degree
  • Year commenced: 2017
  • Degree(s): Bachelor of Computer Science

Nice to meet you, I'm Utkarsh. I was born and brought up in Gujarat, India and then moved to Australia in 2017 for university.

It was always my dream to study abroad at one of the top 100 universities in the world. I chose Monash because it's located in the most liveable city and offered the exact course I wanted. What's more, my diploma in IT with Monash College let me explore topics before uni and jump right into second year.

The best thing about studying computer science is that you never lose interest. The core units cover real-world trends which impact all of us, and my data science specialisation involved certified and specific topics right from the start.

Another highlight was the opportunity to go on a summer exchange program to North Carolina in 2019. The faculty was very informative and they led me in the right direction to succeed in my unit abroad.

During my time here, I've participated in many workshops, seminars, social events, exchange and cultural programs, and hackathons. All these helped me build connections for my career. I've also greatly appreciated the support from career advisers, who thoroughly went through my course structure and elective options.

When I arrived in Australia at 17, I experienced strong culture shock. But with the help of my guardian at Monash, I was able to settle in more easily. It wasn't long before I discovered 'Monash is the land of opportunities for international students'.