9 songs to celebrate International Students’ Day


Torrens University Australia celebrates International Students’ Day with a collection of songs selected by students who have joined us from all over the world.

International Students’ Day is celebrated all around the world on November 17, showing appreciation for students who help make our educational community so diverse and vibrant.

At Torrens University we know how important it is to recognise the achievements of all our international students who have faced various challenges throughout the year, from border and visa restrictions to reduced work hours, and being away from friends and family.

It is said that ‘a song tells a story’ and this year Torrens University plans to celebrate International Students’ Day through music. We’ve asked 9 international students to nominate a song of their choice that represents their overseas student experience. Here are their inspiring and heartfelt choices:

International student songs

Anshul Sethi from India
Bachelor of Business

It’s Time – Imagine Dragons

This song represents hope and new beginnings – talking about starting something from scratch and making it complete, capturing my international student experience.
Muhammad Taimoor Babar from Pakistan
Bachelor of Applied Social Science (Community Services)

Coke Studio Palistan – Larho Mujhey and Bilal Khan

The lyrics – keep a smile on my face and declare to the world that I will achieve my dreams one day – are extremely relatable as an international student. It gives me hope that although there are ups and downs, I will find my inner strength to power through and succeed.
Victoria Vu from Vietnam
Bachelor of Business (International Hotel and Resort Management)

Put Your Hearts Up – Ariana Grande

This song is filled with positive energy and the lyric “if we give a little love, maybe we can change the world” reminds me of the university’s motto “love what you do” - let’s light up the place where we live with love and passion.
Sajar Limbu from Nepal
Master of Business Information Systems

One Love – Bob Marley

This song preaches about love and unity among the people of world, calling on us to put aside our differences and come together as one. This captures my student experience, as I have the opportunity to learn and celebrate other cultures in our community.
Karimah Suhaimi from Malaysia
Master of Education (Special Education)

Dragon - Rain

I discovered this song when I first came to Australia as it was recommended from a friend, and it speaks about the importance of friendship which has felt very relevant to me since.
Brigitte Calva from Mexico
Master of Project Management & Master of Public Health

Imagine – John Lennon

As the song says - we will live as one – and studying at a university in Australia has been a fantastic experience for me to embody this lyric. I have had the opportunity to learn in a culturally diverse environment, experiencing new cultures and knowledge.
Ruben Mkrtchyan from Armenia
Master of Software Engineering (Artificial Intelligence, Advanced)

Hope – Arthur Meschian

I love to listen to this song when I study as it is all about hope and that only through hope can everything change.
Holly Yau from Hong Kong
Master of Business Administration

Cheek to Cheek – Ella Fitzgerald

Studying abroad has always been a dream of mine, and I am forever grateful that I took the step to start my MBA journey and make my dream come true.
Jade Gabriel from Australia
Bachelor of Branded Fashion Design

Don't forget where you belong - One Direction

I chose this song because it captures my study experience as a New Colombo scholar, talking about travelling the world but never forgetting that home is where you belong.

Celebrate student success

We would love to raise awareness of International Students’ Day and spread the stories and achievements of our students in the community. Their courage and resilience to achieve their goals despite the challenges facing them are inspiring and demonstrate that anyone can achieve their dreams. You can play your part by listening to their selected tunes below and spreading the love on November 17. 

From all of us here at Torrens University, we thank you for being a part of our community.

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