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A Perfect Study-Life Balance for International Students at VU Sydney

Nathaniel Cabanit is a first year Bachelor of Business student at VU Sydney. He’s one of the first students in Australia to study a new approach to university teaching, where just one unit is studied across a four-week block.

Victoria University Sydney’s small classes are delivered in a workshop-style approach – a far cry from large lecture theatres. Typically, uni students study three or four units at the same time, but with VU Sydney’s different teaching approach they’re able to study one subject at a time before moving on to the next.

“I just got a part-time job and I play basketball – which I wouldn’t be able to do if I was in the traditional university model. My friends at other uni’s wish they had the kind of free time I do. Some of them had to quit their jobs to focus on their studies.”

First Year Model Business VU student Nathaniel Cabanit

First Year Model Business student Nathaniel Cabanit, courtesy of www.vu.edu.au

VU psychology lecturer, Kate Kelly, says her students find that the different teaching approach and smaller class sizes allow them to make stronger bonds with their classmates. It’s no wonder the university’s student satisfaction levels are recorded at well above the national average. In fact, 90% of Victoria University students pass their units. With odds like that, it stands to reason that the university is a popular choice for students!

Nathaniel certainly appreciates the focused way of learning.

“The teacher is making sure we’re engaged and ready to move on to the next unit. I just got a part-time job and I play basketball – which I wouldn’t be able to do if I was in the traditional uni model… Some of them had to quit their jobs to focus on their studies.”

What it’s like to study at VU Sydney

Imagine you’re facing big windows with incredible Sydney harbour views in your student lounge, whilst working towards achieving your goals at one of the top ranked universities in the world. That’s what you can expect when you study at VU Sydney.

The campus is located in an enviable position in the heart of the city. Darling Harbour, the Sydney Opera House, and one of the country’s busiest shopping precincts (QVB) just a stone’s throw away.

In addition to it’s wonderful location in the city, a great deal of support is provided to international students at VU Sydney. Before commencing study, international students receive assistance in sourcing accommodation, as well as a comprehensive orientation. During studies, students can attend supplementary learning sessions and get help with their English.

Ensuring it’s graduates are career-ready is where VU Sydney really excels. Job placements are integral to study curriculums. Courses place significant importance on their practical application to the workforce and on addressing industry needs. When students graduate, they’re even provided with job placement services.

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VU’s hot courses

Master of Business (Enterprise Resource Planning Systems)

This two-year course offers one of the most comprehensive enterprise resource planning (ERP) and business analytics programs in the world.

If you choose this degree delivered by the university’s College of Business, you’ll get to learn skills in computing, as well as business. You’ll also gain an understanding of the strategic implications that enterprise resource planning systems have on business growth and development.

Graduates will be qualified to go on to senior and leadership roles in information communications technology. Before she even graduated from VU, The Su Su Soe was snapped up by SAP – one of the world’s largest enterprise software corporations. Other graduates have been employed at some of Australia’s top organisations, including Accenture Australia, Linfox, and IBM.

You can apply to begin the course in either February or July. Course prerequisites include an undergraduate degree in any discipline, and a minimum IELTS 6.5 (band 6.0).

Bachelor of Business

VU Sydney offers a three-year Bachelor of Business, with majors in Accounting and Information Systems Management. You can begin your degree in either February or July.

With the university’s focus on ensuring that it’s graduates are career-ready, it’s no surprise that you’ll have the opportunity to apply for a range of internship opportunities via the ECA Internship Department.

Graduates of the Bachelor of Business Accounting major are also eligible for entry into CPA Australia as an associate member.

Find out more about VU Sydney


VU Sydney is a wonderful choice if you’re looking for a university with a warm and supportive environment, and a campus nestled in the heart of Sydney.

Best of all – you can get advice about scholarships available at VU Sydney (they are generous!) from an expert in education. Your Education Expert can also help you understand additional important information. Learn about what you’re eligible to study at VUS, course prerequisites and English language requirements (just to name a few). They’ll even help you make your application AND assist you with your visa! Whatever you do, don’t stress yourself out by leaving your study applications until the last minute.

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*Photos and teaching model outcome content has been provided by Victoria University.

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