Your Journey to Monash is dedicated to sharing the real life experiences of senior international students studying at Monash University. Hear from a diverse mix of students and guests discuss important issues involving pre-arrival, arrival, visas, homesickness, making friends, improving your English and more. Your Journey to Monash is about gaining an understanding of what studying abroad may be like and to help you be as prepared as possible.
Making the decision to leave the comfort of home and study abroad in a foreign land can be daunting for international students. In this podcast, we hear the joys and challenges of university life from five senior international students at Monash. We share everything from how to make friends to the array of opportunities available and our favourite activities on campus. If you want to make the best of your university years at Monash, this is your go-to episode!
Orientation Week often ranks high on the ‘memorable university experience’ scoreboard for students. It is your first opportunity to meet like-minded individuals and get involved in different clubs and societies! Chan, Roham, Audrey and Avi share their favourite parts of Orientation Week, the must see's and must do’s. Start your semester on a high and get ready to embark on an exciting university adventure!
The buzz of Orientation Week is over and you’re gradually settling into your new life as a student. In this podcast, Chan, Alan and Joyce talk about learning in a new academic culture, effective time management strategies and the types of study resources they commonly use. Tune in to this episode to learn more about coping with study demands and striking a good balance between academic workload and other commitments.
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. In this episode, Carmen interviews senior international students to talk about the importance of mental health. We suggest ways to open up and talk about mental health, coping mechanisms, as well as how to offer necessary support to those going through a tough time.
Maintaining a budget while studying abroad can be challenging for international students, particularly when in a new and unfamiliar country. From tuition fees, rent payments and utility bills to transportation costs, groceries and overseas health insurance, these can all add up to a hefty sum. It is important to plan out your budget based on your income and expenses, so listen to this episode as we share some of our valuable experience and money saving tips!
Language is our primary source of communication. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 72.7% of people speak only English in Australia, which shows just how important English language is! Join Chan, Carmen, Zaria and Alan as we share practical advice on how you can improve your conversational and written English, as well as make the most of the English language programs that Monash offers!
Today, our podcast is all about FOOD! If you miss food from your home country or are looking for recommended eateries and places to get groceries, you’re at the right place. From cheap eats on campus to the best coffee spots and healthy food alternatives, this podcast is all about the vibrant food scene at Monash!
There are so many opportunities as a student at Monash, but why not explore a little further around Melbourne? In this podcast, Chan and Carmen share with us their top picks on travel destinations in Australia, the benefits of travelling and some student clubs at Monash that offer travel opportunities alongside other Monash students! If you love travelling, this episode is for you!
Moving house can be pretty stressful, let alone moving to a whole new country to study! In this podcast, Chan and Avinash chat about their experiences preparing to leave their home countries. We also share our best tips for sorting out your visa, budgeting, packing your suitcase and mentally preparing yourself for leaving home. Tune in to learn about the most important tasks you have to tick off before you depart your home country and come to Monash!
The thought of flying away from your home country and landing somewhere thousands of kilometres away with weird animals like kangaroos, koalas and wombats can be pretty scary. In this podcast, Hui (aka Ruby), Chan, Audrey and Maisarah talk about their first week in Australia. We tell you what airport customs is like, how to get to where you’re staying, how to set up a bank account and how to cope with arriving in a new place. Tune in to discover the best way to spend your first few days in Melbourne!
* Please note: Monash's free airport pick-up service is currently only offered from Melbourne Airport in Tullamarine, and not from Avalon Airport. Please check for current information about the service.
As an international student coming to Melbourne, you have heaps of different types of accommodation available, from on-campus studio apartments to share houses in the suburbs of Melbourne. It can be pretty hard to pick which one is right for you! In this podcast, Chan, Zaria and Audrey talk about their experiences finding somewhere to live. We tell you what it’s like living both on- and off-campus, what to look for in a house and how much it might cost. Don’t forget to check out Monash Residential Services for any extra information you might need!
Universities are different all across the world, and Monash is no exception. In this podcast, Audrey, Zaria and Roham chat about how they adapted to studying in Australia. We tell you about some unique things about studying at Monash, including how hard assignments are, what sort of study resources are available to you and whether you can get away with wearing pyjamas to class. Make sure you check out Monash’s Study Resources web page for some super useful links.
Moving to a new country with an unfamiliar culture can be overwhelming at times. It’s not just Vegemite and barbecues you’re going to have to get used to, but also Aussie slang, the rules of etiquette, culture shock and more. In this podcast, Maisarah, Hui (aka Ruby), Chan and Audrey share how they adapted to living in Australia while staying connected with their own cultures. Tune in to discover how you can best experience the unique way of life down under while you study here!
What's the reason most of us go to uni? To get an awesome job! In this podcast, Chan, Hui (aka Ruby) and Roham explain how you can find a part-time job to help you pay for your studies, as well as how to make yourself more employable when you graduate. Tune in to hear about the best working, volunteering and networking opportunities that will help you stand out from the crowd and land your dream job. Make sure to check out Monash's Career Connect web page for even more opportunities!
This is a special playlist for international students with children. Mursha, Roxana, Iwan and Neeti share heaps of useful tips on studying while supporting a family. We also welcome two guests onto the podcast - Kylie from Monash’s International Student Engagement team, who explains a few of the finer points around taking care of children in Australia; and Kristine from Monash Residential Services' Off-campus Accommodation team, who chats to us about what international families should consider before they start renting in Melbourne.
Ever felt like Australia seems so far away from home, with the food not quite tasting like your traditional home towns dumplings, or Chinese New Year not quite feeling the same without your family there to celebrate. Join Hui, Audrey, Zaria, and your host Roham Hosseini, as they discuss the ways to overcome the feeling of homesickness, and how to stop yourself ever feeling that way in the first place.
Studying at Monash but under the age of 18? Then you need to hear this podcast! Learn about the legal drinking and driving age, why you can't stay at a rental property, and everything you need to know about being a young student in Melbourne.
Beginning your travels to Melbourne, with no idea where you will be living once you get here? Well you need to listen to this podcast!
Join your host, Roham Hosseini as he chats with Kristine Papadopoulos and Dermott McGrath from Monash Residential Services (MRS), on how to find the right accommodation, local shops and services in nearby suburbs, and the difference between living on and off campus!
In Australia, we have a fondness for slang and acronyms that might be confusing initially to international students and newcomers. The LGBTQIA+ acronym (also known as the queer or rainbow community) represents the diverse and vibrant community of those with different sexual orientations, gender identities and sexes. In these episodes, Andrea, Joy and Budi discuss the basic terms you might come across in Australia (Part 1), and their experiences with services for LGBTQIA+ international students on campus and off campus (Part 2).
Resources mentioned in Part 2
6:15 Meet Up The Meet Up app can be used to explore and discover special interest groups near you.
7:07 Midsumma Midsumma is a 3-week LGBTQIA+ cultural festival leading to a carnival and pride march.
9:00 International Students Service (MUISS) and Overseas Student Services (OSS) MUISS (Clayton) and OSS (Caulfield) support international students and run events.
9:44 Queer 101 Queer 101 training explains gender and sexuality, and empowers students to effect change for LGBTIQ people.
9:55 Monash Student Association (MSA) Queer Department, Clayton MSA’s Queer Dept educates and supports queer-identifying and questioning students.
12:14 MONSU Queer, Caulfield MONSU Queer runs social events, sexual health campaigns, and a referral service.
12:16 MONSU Peninsula Gender and Sexuality Officer The Gender and Sexuality Officer advocates for the rights and equal treatment of gender and sexuality.
12:27 Monash Residential Services (MRS) Contact MRS for services and events for residential students from LGBTQIA+ and diverse backgrounds.
12:40 GLEAM GLEAM, a club for Queer+ STEM students, connects members with industry.
12:50 Monash Queer Health Collective (QHC) Medical, nursing, and allied health students in QHC educate and support LGBTQI health students.
13:12 Ally Network Monash staff who join the Ally Network stand against discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or intersex status.
13:26 Counselling Services Get counselling on any campus. Counsellors can be women or men, or an Ally, and help you find causes, solutions, or ways to cope.
14:05 Gay Asian Proud (GAP) GAP runs fun events for gay Asian men. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9865 6700.
14:39 Yellow Kitties Yellow Kitties runs events for lesbians, bi, intersex, questioning, and transgender Asians, and their partners and friends of any nationality.
15:18 Switchboard Switchboard is a non-profit organisation with volunteer-run, peer-based support for LGBTIQA+ people, their allies, families, and friends.
15:31 Drummond Street Services (DSS) DSS runs counselling, seminars, and queerspace, an LGBTIQ+ health and wellbeing service for relationships, families, and young people.
15:48 MIND Equality Centre MIND Equality Centre runs counselling for singles and couples, family counselling, sex therapy, suicide prevention, and LGBTIQ mental health support.
15:55 Thorne Harbour Health (THH) THH runs a 4-week International Student Workshop. It’s a safe space to discuss health, sexuality, coming out, cultural issues, and to expand the Aussie vocabulary.
16:02 Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (MSHC) MSHC provides free sexual health testing and treatment (international visitors included).
17:15 JOY 94.9 JOY 94.9 airs independent LGBTI podcasts, blogs, 450+ free community service announcements, and online music, news, current affairs, and arts.
17:35 Trans 101 Trans 101 advises what it is to be trans, and how to improve the world for trans and gender diverse people.
17:41 Transgender Victoria (TGV) TGV runs health services for trans and gender diverse (TGD) people, their partners, families, and friends, educating businesses to be TGD-friendly.
17:55 Rainbow International Students Network (RIS’N) RIS’N runs events, supports international students coping with gender or sexual identity, and improves getting help by removing language and cultural barriers.
18:20 Australian GLBTIQ Multicultural Council (AGMC) AGMC supports LGBTIQ communities and groups from multicultural and multi-faith backgrounds through advocacy, education, and events.
19:15 Safer Communities Unit (SCU) Monash’s SCU advises in difficult or risky situations to improve safety and wellbeing, and investigates misconduct or concerning behaviour.
19:32 Victoria Police Liaison Officers Victoria Police’s LGBTI, multicultural, and Aboriginal liaison officers promote harmony within diverse communities.