International student interview: Riley Jia Xin Lim

Image: QUT international student, Riley Jia Xin Lim. Image taken at Southbank, Brisbane.

Where are you from?

  • Malaysia

How long have you been in Brisbane?

  • Since June 2015

What course are you studying?

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in Film, Television and New Media Production

How do you find being a part of QUT?

  • It’s great to be immersed in the multicultural atmosphere in QUT and also Brisbane which offers a lot of opportunities for international students to experience different cultural events organised by different clubs around the campus.

What do you like to do during your leisure time?

  • Watching movies, TV series and gaming.

What is your favorite quote?

  • You never try, you never know.

International student interview: Jodie Chu

Image: QUT International student, Jodie Chu. Taken at Japan during the short term mobility program by QUT Global.

Where are you from?

  • Hong Kong

How long have you been in Brisbane?

  • It has been 1.5 years.

What course are you studying?

  • Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics

How do you find being a part of QUT?

  • As an international student at QUT, I have a lot of opportunities to engage in the real world environment and Australian community. Besides, I got the multi-cultural experiences from real world placement program, QUT global exchange program and East West activities. On top of that, I find the course I am doing now is good and it is more practical than the other universities as well. I am happy to have the opportunities to practice my cooking skills and doing experiment every week.

What do you like to do during your leisure time?

  • Travelling and reading

What is your favorite quote?

  • Be perseverant.

ISAQ Welcoming Party

ISAQ (Indonesian Student Association of QUT) is an association for Indonesian students who study at QUT. ISAQ is also open to all other QUT students who have interests with Indonesia. This association holds events regularly.

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QUT Airport Reception

Did you know if you are a new international student at QUT you can use QUT Airport Reception service for free? It is one of many services that International Student Services (ISS) provides to international students at QUT. In this post I am going to share my experience of using QUT Airport Reception when I arrived in Brisbane for the first time.

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QUT Dance Showcase

I came across QUT Dance Facebook page last time and knowing that they were recruiting volunteer photographer for their upcoming showcase. I registered to volunteer as the photographer and would like to share my volunteering experience with you guys.

I went for their rehearsal and one of the showcases to take the photos.

The following photos are some of the performances during the day.

At the end of the showcase, the performers danced together and thanks the audiences for their coming.

I enjoyed watching the showcase while taking the photos. If you are interested in watching the showcase, simply like their pages to get updated. Or you can also join the society if you would like to be one of the performers! Besides, there are some free dance classes for students who are keen in learning dancing to join throughout the semester as well.



Effective studying in QUT Library

One of the many reasons I love QUT is because QUT helps to enhance students’ learning environment with various support services. The QUT library is one of the places where I spend most of my time. There are many facilities provided by the library that enable conducive and productive learning and studying.




QUT Gardens Point’s Library offers bookable study rooms. On the forth and fifth level of the library, there are study rooms that students can book online. This is very convenient especially when I have group assignments. This is my favourite place to have discussion with group mates or when I study in group with my friends. There are also individual study cubes in the library on the sixth level. I love studying there as the cube is place which is conducive for studying and revision. Computer and table lamp are provided to help students to student effectively. Students are able to book these study rooms online and choose the time they want to use these rooms. This enable us to have a secure and comfortable place to study or have discussion.


There is a hold shelf in the library. Have you ever encountered a situation where the books you wanted are not on the book shelf and have been borrowed by other students? Fret not! You can request to put the books on hold through from the QUT library website and even choose the location you want for pick up! An email will be sent to you when your book is ready to be pick up. This is really useful especially during the exam period where I need to borrow books from the library for revision.

And if you need help with assignments or writing, you can seek help from Study Solutions in the library. They are not there to help you to do the assignment or project, but they are really helpful as they give guidance and advice on how to produce a better quality work!


If need assistance with the facilities you could ask the librarian in the Library Help Desk as they are also very nice and helpful. Once my book which I requested on hold could not be found and I need it to revise for exam. The librarian immediately helped me to look around and submitted a hold request and put me on the first waiting list!

Hop on the bus with me to regional Queensland!


Doing community work at Eidsvold with other QUT students

Last November after exam I joined QUT Big Lift for a road-trip to regional Queensland. It was an amazing trip that I will never forget.

We spent six days at Theodore, Eidsvold and Cherbourg for local community work and then spent one day at Bundaberg to see turtle lying eggs and had a surfing lesson.

Those regional towns are different from Brisbane in many aspect. First there aren’t lots of population there and the highways are usually quite empty. Second most of the young generations move to the city, leaving the older generation behind. Last but not least, there are quite a few Indigenous communities in regional Queensland.

Our volunteer projects usually consisted of 10 people and we did a lot of needs-based voluntary projects. For example, visiting local nursing houses, gardening for local residents, painting the wall for Eidsvold Showground and fixing the fences for a poetry society. As I spent 9 whole days with all the participants, I made a lot of friends after the trip and still keep in touch with them now.


Having meal with other volunteers


A relaxing afternoon at a creek









If you also want to experience regional Queensland, give back to the local community and make friends at the same time, come and hop on the Big Lift bus this November. I’m sure you’ll have a wonderful time!


Discover Brisbane: CBD


Brisbane’s CBD, or more commonly known as the City, is located in the heart of Brisbane. It is also right next to QUT’s Gardens Point Campus, making it a favourite destination among students. What I love about the City is that there is always something new to do and discover. Here are a few of my favourite things :

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Battle of the Campuses.

“Which is better? Gardens Point Campus or Kelvin Grove Campus?”

Every year, I would come across meeting freshman students, either asking me “what’s the difference between both Gardens Point (GP) Campus or Kelvin Grove (KG) Campus?” or “THERE’S ANOTHER CAMPUS?!?!”.

Let me break it down to you guys the difference between both and lets see which do you think is more awesome:

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Hakuna Matata.

I finally got to go see the Lion King show with other fellow blogger Iman and it was awesome! I mean, after watching the show for the fourth time. Yes, the fourth time. Well, long story short. I accidentally watched the show when I was in Disneyland Paris in French, English and French again. And now, in English again.. well back to the story. Read more