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Tasmanian lifestyle is a breath of fresh air to Business student

International student Rachel Chong loves experiencing Tasmania's wilderness when she's not studying.

We know a great education is about more than libraries and lecture theatres.

At the University of Tasmania, our students live and study in one of the world’s most beautiful places. 

Rachel Chong, who is studying her Masters of Business Administration, is originally from Malaysia. 

The best thing about Tasmania to Rachel? 

“Number one is the pristine environment. I think it’s really, really beautiful. I take part in a lot of outdoor activities. I climb, I hike, I cycle and just love immersing myself in the wilderness.

“When I’m tired of work I can just step out and take in a deep breath of fresh air and the picturesque environment. It’s good for the soul.”

Rachel chose the University of Tasmania after chatting with her parents.

“The affordable fees meant that I would still be able to go on exchange. There are many scholarships available to reimburse travel expenses, and I received an overseas exchange scholarship worth $5000.”

Rachel travelled to Copenhagen and “threw herself into the experience.” Returning to Tasmania, she embraced her student life with new perspectives.

“I feel that the exchange program was the best part of my undergraduate degree. It was during this time where I experienced the steepest personal growth.”

Rachel said one of the best things about studying at the University of Tasmania was the smaller class sizes, giving students the chance to really interact with their lecturers. 

“The lecturers are really friendly and keen to help out if you face difficulties.

“The study here in Tasmania involves a lot of presentations and discussion which builds up our social skills. The diversity in student population gave me the opportunity to interact with many local and international students with different cultures and backgrounds.”

“I’ve made a lot of friends, it’s really fantastic. I like hanging out with exchange students - people from France, US, Germany, Canada, China etc; we are a melting pot of cultures, laughter, jokes and food.

Rachel enjoyed the open discussion at Uni with her classmates and said she benefited from their experience. “I’ve learnt a lot from them." 

“Studying at an Australian university, I’ve observed how different environments work. It’s about the soft skills as well as the practical skills and knowledge.

“The MBA is a really popular certification that a lot of employers look for. Besides knowing our stuff, how we carry ourselves and communicate with others play a vital role in career progression, and I’m very confident that I’ll be able to go out into the work force successfully. 

“On the other side of my MBA I want to work towards management. My main interest is marketing and I currently have a part-time job in marketing at a corporate training company.”