Viktoria Shubenina: “I chose Macquarie primarily because of the brilliant reputation of its business department”

Victoria Shubenina, a graduate of the Saratov State Technical University with a degree in biomedicine, then continued her studies and research in the field of sociology. Before going to study for a magistracy in Australia, she managed to visit many countries. She studied in Europe, India, America. For example, in 2009, having won a Fulbright scholarship, she studied at the prestigious University of New York for almost a year, while teaching at an American school, which was a condition for her internship in the United States.

In 2011, Victoria became a laureate of the prestigious Australian Government scholarship program “The Endeavor Award” and the first student from Russia in the last 8 years to receive this award. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Business (Marketing) from one of the best higher education institutions in Australia, Macquarie University.

In 2011, Victoria became a laureate of the prestigious Australian Government scholarship program “The Endeavor Award” and the first student from Russia in the last 8 years to receive this award. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Business (Marketing) from one of the best higher education institutions in Australia, Macquarie University.

  • Victoria, tell us why from all over the world you chose Australia, Macquarie University in particular?
  • Grades in the diploma allowed me to choose almost any university. To be honest, Australia is not a popular study destination among Russian students – so far from home! Many people advised me to consider options “closer”: Europe or Canada. I chose Macquarie primarily because of the excellent reputation of its business department and the opportunity to intern at international companies based in Sydney. I, of course, thought about each of the Australian G8 universities. Many of them are strong in medicine and engineering, but in the business Macquarie is the absolute leader.
  • Did you find the Direct Talk Bureau experience useful when you moved to Sydney?
  • I have always told my clients: “prepare for your studies in advance and never miss the student orientation!” (laughs) So I followed my advice and went through the Macquarie website before arriving. When I arrived in Australia, I went to every orientation event I could. As a result, the start was smooth.
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  • You have been in Australia for over a year. Please tell us more about your experience studying and living at Macquarie.
  • I am very glad that all my expectations from the university and the country came true. The quality of education, teaching style, infrastructure, weather (such a sun cannot be ignored after the gray Moscow winter!) – everything is up to par.

At lectures, teachers do not let them silently “scribble” notes, they encourage students to actively participate in the discussion of the subject. This is very useful for shy people and, conversely, for those who want to quickly strengthen their spoken English. It’s great that you are not afraid to speak out here – the teachers themselves literally want you to argue with them! The first semester was incredibly difficult, though. That I had a decent study experience at foreign universities. In the second semester it was also difficult, but I managed to increase my rating and I passed the session almost perfectly.

The university has a lot of resources for students, an excellent library. But buying textbooks here is still expensive: in the early days I spent about $ 500 on 5 books.

The campus of the university must be seen. When I went to class on the first day, I thought I was in a zoo or a botanical garden: rabbits were running around, parrots were flying, exotic birds similar to pelicans were walking, and all this was in an abundance of greenery, flowers, and bizarre plants. There is also very fresh air here, I just can’t get enough of it.

I live a 10 minute walk from the university with 3 neighbors: an Englishwoman, a German and a girl from Peru. I noticed that a large number of Asians study at the university. The girls and I live in a complex that consists of 6 three-storey houses. On the first floor there is an entrance to the garage, on the second – a living room, a dining room, a kitchen, a room with a washing machine, an exit to the patio on one side and a balcony on the other side. On the third floor there are bedrooms and bathrooms. Our complex has a swimming pool, gym, tennis court, basketball court, barbecue area. We can use all this for free. In addition to the sections of our complex, I enrolled in several clubs of interest. It remains to figure out how to combine them with study.

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