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Why Study Medicine in Australia?

Published: January 23, 2017

In the StudyAdvantage ‘Young Globalist’ interview series, we meet current international students. We ask them to share their stories and important advice with our readers.

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Screen Shot 2017-01-23 at 20.16.07Even though she is from Hong Kong and studies Medicine in Australia, Emma’s accent is unmistakably British. Having studied at a High School in Oxford, followed by a term doing Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Amsterdam before migrating South, Emma is as global as it gets.

Today, she tells us why study medicine in the Land Down Under.


You were born in Hong Kong, tell us a bit more what motivated you to go international?

Growing up in Hong Kong’s multicultural environment, going abroad was a straightforward and easy choice to make. Also I felt that it would develop my independence from a young age and broaden my horizons.


Why Medicine?

I know it sounds pretty boring, but I feel that my vacation is being a doctor and helping people. Having said that, I do wish to pursue a more international career (as I have with my education) and would love to take up opportunities abroad. Volunteering for Médecins Sans Frontières would be a great option!

Unsw_quadrangle_building_2010-05-11University of New South Wales, Quadrangle Building


We know you studied in the UK and the Netherlands before, why Australia?

I attended high school in Oxford and had originally planned to attend University in the UK. However, my career choice led me to Australia where Universities generally offer more medicine places to international students and where the immigration policies are far less restrictive. On top of that, I couldn’t qualify and practice in the Netherlands without learning Dutch.

16215728_1239624886087074_216672515_nPicturesque street in Melbourne, where Emma travels for her degree

What was your most valuable experiences as an international student?

My experience in the Netherlands. It helped to develop my sense of identity as a global citizen. Having to overcome both language and cultural barriers might sound daunting; but, in the end I found that Dutch people are both amazingly fluent in English and very friendly. As Hong Kong and Australia are linked to the UK, it was eye-opening to experience Dutch culture.


So, after the Netherlands, moving to Australia wasn’t that much of a culture shock?

I think the initial cultural shock is inevitable. It makes you think about the differences and why they are there. Then suddenly the world seems to make more sense and opens-up to you. You start to become more responsive, more open-minded about issues around the world, which I think is going to be an advantage of our generation.

collageAccording to Emma, Australia is a food-lover’s paradise 

What would be your advice for international students applying to your university?

As all the Universities, I applied to are very experienced in having international students, all the processes were smooth. Although applicants should pay attention to the differences in deadlines and term dates in different countries – in Australia all the season are inverted.

Also, check out social media accounts of people who go to the institution you want to attend. No need to stalk, but you can gain valuable insight about their day-to-day life and see if it suits you.


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