Western Australia, Australia
Set up in 1973, Murdoch University – the second public university in Perth started accepting students from 1975. Murdoch University is one of the institutions which is included in the group of Innovative Research Universities and it also enjoys the reputation of being a verdant university. Currently, it is ranked in the top 500 universities of the world. Murdoch’s student populace is extremely diverse – it has around 3000 international students from more than 100 countries. As an Indian student, you will not have a hard time fitting in here.
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MU is located in the capital of Australia, Perth. Apart from MU, you will find three more public universities, includingthe University of Western Australia. Tourism is predominant in this area and if you are into travelling then it is a great opportunity for you to explore your wanderlust.
Murdoch University houses nine schools and consists of three campuses – Peel Campus, Rockingham Campus and South Street Campus. You will not find any enormous clock tower like the one in University of Western Australia. MU’s buildings give you a homely vibe and you can often escape the rest of the world by escaping in the library in the South Street Campus. This campus not only has renewable energy facilities but it also is the home of meadows and farm animals. It is the only school in Western Australia, which has included the veterinary school and the animal stocks.
The on-campus accommodation is a bit frustrating for the students sometimes because you have to pay at one go for the entire duration of your stay. Not only is that expensive but at times ,students get no reply from the University regarding their on-campus stay. And, due to the economic boom, living in Perth has become extremely costly and it is only natural that you would have to share your apartment with multiple people to curtail costs.
The weather in Perth is extreme and you will often find yourself drenched in rainwater, as Perth is one of the wettest capital cities of Australia. Summers are too hot and it is recommended you take adequate measures to beat the heat. Winter is mid and enjoyable.
Although the professors are helpful and approachable, the burden to study or not to study is ultimately on your shoulders. In certain departments such as law, you will find intellectually stimulating professors who will constantly encourage and motivate you to do exceptionally well in academic and take the world by storm. But, then again you will find a few bad eggs irrespective of the department and the subject that you choose to study.
In this case, you are lucky because not only MU but also the Australian government offers various kinds of scholarships to international students. The School of Arts offers you different scholarships like Murdoch Village Scholarship (for accommodation), Murdoch Senate Scholarship (if you are not financially equipped to study here), and The West Australian Scholarships (for future students), among others. The other departments like Education, Engineering and IT, Law, Veterinary and Life Science, etc all extend financial support in the form of different kinds of scholarships based on your academic merit and financial status.
Once you are in Murdoch, if you use your social and networking skills, you will definitely be able to make it at least to the interview rounds of your preferred companies. But, you need to take the initiative first and approach the careers office in the university.
If you prefer the Australian accent to the English/American and want something different from the traditional States education, then by all you should consider coming here for higher education. But, keep in mind that it will not be an inexpensive journey. Make sure that after you graduate out of here, you do not swim in student loans.
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