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Jirayut Propen's story
The thought of travelling to a new country and studying in a foreign language might seem overwhelming. Jirayut Propen is a Monash University medicine student from Thailand. He made use of student support resources and the transition from his home country to a foreign, big city became easy.
‘I come from a rural area of north eastern Thailand. It takes eight hours by bus to get to Bangkok. Coming to Melbourne to study could have been really overwhelming, but I received so much support in the process that Melbourne quickly felt like home.’
Attracted by cultural experiences and major events
Jirayut received a scholarship from the Royal Thai Government to study anywhere in the world. He chose Melbourne because he wanted a mix of a world class education and unique experiences outside campus.
‘For me it was really important to know that I would have great student support and experience a culture different to what I came from. Melbourne is so multicultural and has so many fantastic major events and great cultural experiences. There’s the Australian Open, the Australian Grand Prix, major horse races and of course endless concerts.’
Student support from the moment you arrive
‘The student services are great and offer support from the moment you arrive. They include airport pick-up, homestay networks and plenty of social activities to help you make friends with all your new fellow students quickly. I also really like that the study mode is so student-centric. It’s engaging and encourages interaction with other students.’
An English course helped the transition into Medicine
Jirayut undertook an English course before starting his medicine studies. The course helped him gain confidence in his language and make an easy transition into his undergraduate degree. He’s now well into his degree and looking forward to graduation in 2021 and a few more years to enjoy Melbourne.
Jiarayut’s top tip for students considering studying in Melbourne
‘Don’t be scared to step outside your comfort zone. There’s so much support here and the experience of studying in Melbourne will be with you forever. If you use all the resources available and join some of the non-compulsory social events offered by your university, you’ll soon find yourself with new friends from around the world and a sense of belonging.’