Student Report Deakin University Spring 2015 I. PRACTICAL INFORMATION Before leaving Norway I got an email from BI in the middle of June, saying I was accepted to Deakin University. Applying for a visa I had a hard time getting a visa. It did not go through the website system, so after many emails and phone calls I found out I had to print the visa, fill it out and send it by post. It was processed a few days later. I got a receipt on e-mail, that is the only confirmation you will receive. It cost about 3000kr. Travel The semester at Deakin started 2nd week of March. Because it started so late I had two months to kill, therefore I travelled in Asia before I came to Australia. I also travelled the east coast of Australia before I came to Melbourne. Travelling by plane around Asia and then to Australia is pretty cheap, and it is easy to travel around by bus or train in Australia. Housing It is possible to stay at campus, this is something you have to apply for pretty early, it is popular so you are not guaranteed a spot. The school also has a website where private persons can list their spaces for rent: https://studystays.deakin.edu.au. http://www.gumtree.com.au is also a good website, which is about the same as Finn.no. There is also https://flatmates.com.au, this is the website where I found the house I stayed at. I stayed in a house 10 min walking distance from the university. The house was super nice and it was nice living close to school. I didn’t go to school much, because you can decide to have school only a few days a week, which will give you plenty of time to travel around and explore the city. My biggest regret is that I did not live in the city. Great areas to live in are Richmond and Fitzroy. Costs Rent Books Food Transport Other NOK 8000 NOK 3000 (total) NOK 2-3000 NOK 400 NOK 2000 Per month Culture and language I had no trouble with language, except for some Aussie slang, but I learned that pretty fast. Australia is an amazing country! It is very easy to travel around and there is so much too see. I would suggest travelling before or/and after, because weekend trips are not enough and it is also fun to stay in Melbourne for the four months you live there. Melbourne is such a cool city. Make sure you google Melbourne’s best brekky places and best bars and visit them. (Urbanlist is a good website) Melbourne has some of the best food, coffee and beers I have ever tried. Australians are the friendliest people I have ever met. It is super easy to make friends and you can make friends anywhere you go. They are super hospitable. I had so many great experiences where we were invited to stay with total strangers, get dinner or borrow their car. Also make sure to visit Torquay. I went down there to surf every week and met the greatest people every time. Torquay is the start of The Great Ocean Road, which probably is my favorite area in the whole world. You drive along the coast for hours and it’s just beautiful. II. ABOUT THE SCHOOL Deakin University is located in a suburb of Melbourne called Burwood. The university has four different campuses. The one in Burwood is the one closest to the city. I heard the waterfront campus is beautiful and you are close to surf and beach, but I am not sure if you would be able to business units there. Course registration I registered for courses around January. The international office at Deakin will email all the information you need and when you have to do stuff. You can change units during the first weeks of the trimester. I had Management, Strategic Management Resources, Business on the Internet and Business Analytics. They were all very similar to classes I had already had in Norway, so I did not learn much from them. Academic calendar Arrival date: First day of the semester: Last day of classes: Examination period: Any special events/holidays: Other: 24th of February 9th of March 5th of June 7th to 19th of June Easter break Arrival The week before O-week we had a welcome trip to a cute beach town outside of Melbourne called Lorne. We stayed in a hotel for three days and had different activites such as yoga, biking, surfing, hiking, limbo, quiz and also great meals. It was an amazing opportunity to make friends. I felt like I had friends from my very first day because of this. It was also an amazing trip! The O-week is just a bunch of parties that you can get tickets to. They all get sold out really fast. You don not get a buddy group or anything like that, so it is not super important to attend. I went to one party, and I actually was lucky enough to make friends with some really cool people. The International Office They take really good care of the exchange students at Deakin. The lady I emailed with before I arrived was super nice and quick to respond. Social activities Australians are curious about foreigners which makes it easy to make native friends. They are super cool and easy going. Deakin Uni has a exchange student group called DSAC which you pay $15 dollars to join and you get to attend a bunch of parties, theres a movie night, you get to go see a footy game etc. It is very cool! III. ACADEMICS In the classroom In each unit you have one seminar and one lecture. The seminar is an hour lesson where you discuss or do tasks. The lecture is two hours and is similar to BI lectures. The profs are very similar to Norwegian profs. I would say the level is not too hard, depends on what classes you choose. I ended up taking two first year units which were super easy and the second year units had tricky exams. Exams Your grades are usually based on a paper half way through the term which counts for 40-60% of your grade and also a final exam that is two hours long. In some classes there are also group projects. This is described in the unit guide, so you can find out what your classes requires. I found it very useful to read through so I could avoid group projects. Library and technology Deakin is a very innovative school and therefore their technology is on a high level. For example are all of the lectures being filmed so you can watch them over again later. The Burwood campus is relatively new. The library is small and you have to be early to get a spot. Description of courses Course code & name Exam form Prerequisites Comments none Approved as Elective MIS 213 Business on the Internet MIS171 Business Analytics MMH230 Strategic Human Resource Management MM132 Management 2-hour written exam 2-hour written exam 2-hour written exam None Elective Includes Excel None Elective 2-hour written exam None Elective I had the time of my life. Melbourne is an amazing city! It has such a great vibe. I did not learn too much on the academic side, but it was the best personal experience I have ever had. Socially I learned a lot, and this is mostly because I travelled here alone and that forces you to make the most out of it and it gives you the chance to make the exchange experience to whatever you want. I also improved my English and expanded my vocabulary. Do not hesitate to contact me through the International Office if you have any questions!