QUT scholarship launches students on path to success

For twins Sandeepa and Sachin Fernando and Senuri Sarathchandra QUT’s Science and Engineering (SEF) International Merit Scholarship has been life-changing.

The International Merit Scholarship is offered to high achieving students and covers up to 25% of tuition fees.

Sandeepa Fernando said the International Merit Scholarship was a huge boost to his studies.

“My scholarship adds so much to my university experience. I’ve had the opportunity to be part of the College of Excellence, which conducts personal development programs. These programs help me to improve a wide array of skills, which will be important for my career in the future,” Sandeepa said.

Sachin Fernando said the scholarship has also given him freedom to enjoy opportunities outside the classroom.

“The scholarship has allowed me to also engage in extra-curricular activities in university in addition to my course. This allows me to develop extra skills outside of my degree, strengthening my employment prospects upon graduation” Sachin said.

Students with a QUT International Merit Scholarship may be able to apply for our Merit Plus Scholarship as well, offering an additional 25% tuition fee.

To apply for this competitive scholarship, students must be a Sri Lankan citizen, have been offered the International Merit Scholarship for a Bachelor program with the Science and Engineering Faculty, and have a minimum of 3 A grades if you completed GCE ‘A’ Levels.

Senuri Sarathchandra is currently in her first year of QUT’s Bachelor of Engineering and said the scholarship has opened up new doors with industry that would otherwise be difficult for an international student.

“The scholarship has allowed me to participate in QUT’s College of Excellence, where I am networking with industry partners and receiving career advice,” Senuri said.

Senuri said it wasn’t hard to choose QUT to undertake her undergraduate studies.

“I went through the courses and majors and the options to study at QUT were great! The Bachelor of Engineering is a very practical course. You are not pressured to choose your major in the first year of the Bachelor degree, instead you have the option to try out the different engineering majors and see what works best for you,” Senuri said.

QUT’s supportive student environment was also a key factor for Senuri when deciding where to study, and she’s not alone. According to the 2016 International Student Barometer Queensland, 89% of our international students are satisfied with their experience at QUT.

Senuri is also involved in QUT’s Leadership, Development and Innovation Program – a comprehensive leadership and development program to support students in areas such as personal development, emotional intelligence, and cross-cultural communication.

The experience of studying in Brisbane will be something these students will never forget.

“I chose to study in Australia because it’s a gateway to a lot of opportunities. It’s close to Sri Lanka and there are a lot of international experiences available here. Brisbane is a multicultural city filled with people from all over the world and that truly makes it an international experience. It is definitely a wonderful city for one’s higher education, QUT has really exceeded my expectations already,” Sandeepa said.

“QUT is a great university, as an international student I feel there is a supportive environment for international students and many services available to successfully integrate into the University and Australian society,” Sachin said.

For more information:

https://www.qut.edu.au/international

https://www.qut.edu.au/study/fees-and-scholarships/scholarships-and-prizes/international-merit-scholarship

Research Internships for Science Undergraduates

It’s almost a rite of passage for the current day for undergraduate students to do a summer internship for at least their last two years of study.

As international students we may have the slight disadvantage of not having any connections in the industry for us to land an internship – we often require more effort and time compared to that required by a domestic student.

However, QUT has in place a Vacation Research Scheme (VRES) for which all QUT students can apply! You will usually get an email in your second semester giving you more details about the VRES projects available and the supervisors in charge of each project.

The projects are categorised by school so it is easier to find a project that suits your interests and academic field. I come under the School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences, so I skipped over all the other projects to look at the projects listed under this school because they would be more relevant to me.

You are required to choose and nominate three projects that interest you, in order of preference. You must email the supervisors of each of the three projects and meet up with them beforehand. This allows you to show interest in the respective project and to also get to know about the nitty-gritty of the projects. After your chats with them, your order of preference may change. So this needs to be done before you submit the application.

As per usual you need to state why you want to take part in VRES. As places are limited, the entry to this is very competitive. The supervisors have high expectations of the students who do get into VRES, and you get paid for each week of research you do.

In general, it is rather uncommon for a first year to get in, although you’re more than welcome to apply. Most supervisors prefer students from the second year and upwards due to the simple fact that by the end of the second year, you would have more knowledge and experience in the field, so the project would be more beneficial to you. However, a few first year students do get into VRES each year, so don’t let that discourage you from applying.

Read the details early on so that you can organise a time to meet up with the supervisor easily, because they tend to be very busy and often don’t have time to see you on short notice.

Keep in mind, this is just one of many opportunities that will come your way. Check in other places such as Engineers without Borders and CSIRO for other internships that maybe available to you. VRES is really good place to start looking, because it is from QUT itself.

Winter Exchange in Germany

Last semester, I applied for several short term exchange programs overseas. It turns out that going abroad is less difficult than I thought because a lot of the programs are easy to get into and QUT provides great support along the way.

I applied for 5 programs last year and was admitted to 3 of them. Due to the timeframe of the programs, I picked two of them to attend this winter. After exchanging in Japan, I was off to Germany for another three weeks. I can say it was one of the best decisions that I have ever made in my university life.

To me, Europe is a completely unfamiliar continent and German is another completely different and hard language. But I’m glad I stepped outside my comfort zone and spent 3 weeks learning German language.

This winter program consists of four parts: German language class, business seminar (you can choose between business seminar and culture seminar), photography workshop ( other workshops on offer are cooking and dancing) and excursions.

A snapshot of International Winter University in Fulda, Germany (first week)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall the program is really hectic and we have things to do almost everyday.

My first impression of Germany is: it is so cold! I was very unprepared when I landed in Frankfurt and was shaking all the way to the hotel.

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Point Alpha – It was so cold there

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You know what? The university education in Germany is for free. Besides, there are government food subsidy to students as well. So if you eat at school canteen, it usually only costs three or four Euro.

Food in canteen only costs 3 Euro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Besides studying, the highlight of this trip is of course different fieldtrips! We went to Berlin for the whole weekend, exploring the art and history of east and west German. Then we toured these two little towns called Nuremberg and Wurzberg with castles and ancient cathedrals. At our last day, we headed to a ski resort called Rhon for sliding.

Nuremberg adventure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berlin loves you – near Topographie Des Terrors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mayor’s House in Fulda where our university is located

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We got so excited when slidingGoGoglo

Most of the program participants are from Australia and America. For some of them who are from Brisbane and California, they have never seen snow before. Thus sliding made them really really excited.

I want to say thank you to all the people I met in this journey who made it an amazing experience for all. I’m sure some of us will meet each other somewhere in the world sooner or later. Danke!

Winter Exchange in Japan

Last year, I was very lucky to get the chance to travel and study in Japan. It has always been my dream to come to Japan since high school as I watched a lot of Japanese TV shows and wanted to experience the Japanese culture by myself. Now after almost one month of stay in Japan, I can say my Japanese improved a lot and I learnt more Japanese culture.

I came to Japan early before the start the program and went to Kyushu area for travelling. Even in winter, the mountains in Kyushu was so pretty. I still remember how nice the people I met there were. When I was trying to go to the mountain in Kirishima and was told there was no bus access, a taxi driver offered to drive me and my friend there. Not only did he charge us a little, he showed us multiple hidden spots on the mountain and tried to explain the history behind it.

As my cultural class in Amagasaki was about to start, I said goodbye to my boyfriend who was travelling with me and went to Amagasaki one day prior to the start day of the program.

This winter program consists of Japanese language study, school visits and home stay experience. I want to share with you my experience from each parts and what I learnt out of them.

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Namba, Osaka – one of the most crowded shopping center in Japan

Japanese Language study

We are very lucky to have Fujiwara Sensei as our Japanese language teacher who is humorous and knowledgeable. Her style of teaching is very interactive and encouraging. In each of the class, we spent almost fifty percent of the time in speaking. As a result, at the end of the first week, we already known how to greet and order food in Japanese. Although the program has already ended now, I will continue learning Japanese. I hope next time when I come back to Japan, I will be able to communicate better with my Japanese friends.

Attending local students’ English class

School visits

This is another part of the program which I enjoyed a lot. We went to visited Amagasaki Junior High School for their English Festival. I was so touched by how much effort and time the students put in this festival. Both year 7 and year 8 students played skit, while year 9 students shared with us their experience in New Zealand as all of them just came back from a study trip there.

One thing I noticed from this English festival is that unlike individualism, Japanese education focuses a lot on teamwork and respect. There might be twenty students in one group and only ten characters available in a certain skit, but everyone gets the chance to go on stage and perform because one role can be played by three or four students.

Another unforgettable school visit happened in Ojiro Junior High School where we ate lunch with the students and had classes together with them. Unlike Amagasaki, Ojiro is a very small town located in the mountain with less population and colder weather.

We, as exchange students from overseas, got the chance to participate in their English and music class. The English teacher in the school told us that a lot of students there don’t have many opportunities to speak English, so they really appreciate our visiting. When the class started, each of us did a short presentation in front of the class introducing our own countries. All the students seem to be interested and took down some notes.

In the music class, the students performed a local song to us and we danced and sang What Makes You Beautiful together. It was such a wonderful time to bond together with nice music.

Visiting Amagasaki Junior High School and attending their English Festival

Home Stay in Ojiro

My first impression of Ojiro is the beautifulness and peace of this little town. I still remembered some of my friends from Australia and Fiji were so amazed by the snow on the top of the mountain because it was the first time for them to see snow.

When we arrived at the Ojiro, our host family have already been in the city hall waiting for us. All of us felt a bit nervous to be honest as most of us haven’t been living with others before. At the same time, we also wanted to know where are we going to live and know our host family better.

My host mom came to the first meeting that day as my host dad was at work. She made me completely feel at home and prepared everything for me. When host dad came home, we had a really long discussion about Japanese culture, Chinese culture and Australian culture. Both of them were really humble and asked me lots of questions. Thanks to the similarity in Kanji and Chinese character, when we didn’t understand each other by verbal communication, handwriting came into use.

At the end of the homestay, it was so hard to say goodbye to all the nice people that I have met in Ojiro. I will always remember how pretty the mountains there are, how nice the locals are and how much fun I had there!

Snow in the mountain in Ojiro

 

Homemade meal by my host mum

One month of stay in Japan is definitely an eye-opening experience for me and I really find going overseas can open your horizon a lot. So my dear reader, if you come across such kind of opportunities in the future, make sure to grab it and make the most out of it!

 

Who is a Deans’ Scholar? How do you become one?

At QUT, Deans’ Scholars is a program that you can get into with outstanding academic achievements and consistent engagement with the university community.

To be considered for entry into this program you must be a first-year student, studying a degree that comes under the Science and Engineering faculty, and be holding one of the following scholarships already:

You must also have a GPA of 6.0 or higher in your first semester, be a member of the College of Excellence and have completed at least 2 LDI units (one core workshop and one non-core workshop). If you meet the above requirements, you will be invited to apply for the program and you will be selected on a competitive entry basis.

To maintain your membership in the program, you will have to continue to have a GPA of 6.0 or highers each semester and be actively involved in the university community.

If you are considering applying to the Deans’ Scholar program, you do need to build a good relationship with at least one of your lecturers or tutors, as you will need a letter of recommendation from one academic staff to complete your application.

There are some advantages to being a Deans Scholar: You get exclusive networking opportunities with university students and staff and industry employers. You have the added benefit of meeting like-minded peers, and you maybe assigned a mentor – a senior Deans’ Scholar from the same degree and major or with similar interests to you.

So work hard in that first semester and try and get into the program. It’s definitely worth it, as it’s a smaller community of like-minded people within our big university and you get an opportunity to meet lots of new people.

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Apply for an equity scholarship
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QUT offers Equity Scholarships to support your university journey. Apply by 6 February 2017 to know the outcome by early March 2017.

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Studying in Australia
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Connect with other students
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Until next time, have an awesome weekend!

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Go global with QUT: Part B – Dragon 100 united in China

The time at Hong Kong went by very fast and the next and final stop of our Dragon 100 trip was China.

We visited two completely different cities in China: Qian hai and Xi’an. Qian hai is a very modern city close to Hong Kong and the main industry of this city is its harbour industry. On the other hand, Xi’an, one of the oldest cities in China, has rich and cultrually significant history.

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Terracotta Army inside the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum, 3rd century BC

Terracotta Army inside the Qin Shi Huang Mausoleum, 3rd century BC

One of the world heritage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Along with the further progression of this program, I had more and more conversation with dragons from other countries. One of my favourite parts during our stay in China was the night of cultural performance. As you can pretty much tell from the name, cultural performance is all about different delegates from different countries presenting their culture to the rest of the delegates. Due to the fact that this year there were only three delegates from Australia, we formed a group altogether with UK, Canada and Netherland delegates. After some discussion, we decided to do a skit about Australians visiting UK and discovering culture differences. Besides the common difference like weather, we also presented to the audience some difference in slangs (e.g. mate, barbie, thongs, stubby, and etc.) and performed the classic ‘Hey Jude’ from Beatles. Though none of us had experience of performing, we were not nervous at all as it’s all about sharing instead of being professional.

What’s next?

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After coming back from this trip, I started to think more about how similar all the dragons are even though we live in all over the world. Also I realised actually I don’t know a lot about Chinese culture even though I’m Chinese. Knowing the history of your motherland is not only an accumulation of knowledge but also a process of discovering your root!

I hope all the dragons, no matter where you are, have the best of both world!

The RoundUp

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We’ve got the latest news from QUT and Brisbane for you to read.

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Brisbane, a safe place to study

For those of you who are new to Brisbane you will soon find it becomes your home away from home!

Brisbane is a safe city, but like anywhere in the world it’s good to know who to contact if you need help. The Study Brisbane website has provided some useful information around staying safe in Brisbane.

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East West at QUT

QUT runs an exciting East West Program which promotes cultural diversity and intercultural communication among our students. It’s a great way to catch up with fellow QUT students over fun activities like cooking classes, language conversation classes, East West Eats food trails, and much more!

We are hungry already!

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#yourstudentexperience

Our friends at Insider Guides have published some great tips for international students wanting to record their Aussie adventures! Including creating your own hashtag for all your photos and posts.

This way, when you head home you can easily reflect on your experiences at QUT and in Brisbane.

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Get language support

If you’re new to Brisbane and QUT, you may want to brush up on your English language skills. The team at QUT’s Academic Language and Learning Services are here to help. Book in individually or as a group with one of our Language and Learning Educators. You can also attend workshops to help with assessments and studying.

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Experience Moreton Island!

When you are in Brisbane it’s a great excuse to visit beatutiful Moreton Island! Take a ferry from Brisbane and be surrounded by white sand, stunning blue ocean, and better yet, dolphins! You can even experience feeding the dolphins at sunset. Pretty cool, huh.

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Study English at QUT

Our QUT International College (QUTIC) is here to help you, offering English language and academic pathway programs for international students.

Check out the QUTIC brochure to find out more about our programs!

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Get creative at QUT!

QUT’s world-class Creative Industries Faculty encourages the fusion of technology and creativity. The recent CreateX event is just one of many fantastic opportunities to immerse yourself in the creative culture.

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Until next time, have an awesome week!

The QUT Team

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Applying for the QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship

QUT first year nursing student, Da Yea Kim shared her experience when applying for the QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship.

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“Thinking about the intense international fees my parents had to pay for university, (wooo!) I thought that applying for a scholarship was the last thing I could do to help. QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship was one of the first scholarships that I looked at because I wanted to come to QUT.

I remember filling out the super easy form online that took me 5 minutes to finish. All it required was the course I wanted to study, my QTAC number and other few questions. I didn’t have to fill out any sections about my personal information or family backgrounds as the scholarship was solely based on my OP score. The process was super easy and because I didn’t put much thinking into it at all, I forgot that I applied for one by the time my OP results were released.

However, on the 8 January 2016!!! I received my scholarship offer valued at up to $30 000. It was a happy surprise for myself and (especially) my parents. My solid 5 minutes spent online was definitely worth it. I cannot imagine how bummed I’d be if I didn’t apply for a scholarship at QUT thinking that I wouldn’t get an OP 1. I would’ve went to QUT anyway even without the scholarship, but it definitely does help my university life. I can work less and concentrate on my studies more which creates a positive, happy uni student cycle.

Also you get opportunities like becoming a member of the College of Excellence, and going on a free VC Camp at the start of the year to make friends and have fun. So, what do YOU have to do? Apply for a scholarship NOW!” – Da Yea Kim

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The RoundUp

Hi, everyone!

We hope you are enjoying the uni break! We’ve got the latest news from QUT and Brisbane for you to read.

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QUT students stand out from the crowd

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So, what’s it all about?

The LDI Program takes students through workshops to re-think what leadership means in our rapidly changing world. Better yet, students receive awards for their level of involvement to showcase on their resume’ for future employers.

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Are you ready to pay it forward?

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Plus, QUTIC has a lot of support services on offer so you are never alone in your education journey!

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Connect with us on Weibo

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Our wonderful Digital Ambassador, Aubrey Zhou, has been helping us update QUT’s Weibo Account. We encourage you to connect with us on Weibo, too!

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Until next time, have an awesome weekend!

The QUT Team

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