How to study abroad in Australia for a trimester

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Study abroad is a program that allows students to study overseas as part of their degree. Learn how you can join this program and Ivana’s experiences

Enhance your university experience with our Study Abroad program and hear how Colombian student Ivana Castillo Rodriguez was able to immerse herself in a new culture to enrich her educational experience.

Study abroad is an overseas study or other academic activity taken with a third-party global study provider, industry partner or educational institution. You could come to Australia as a part of your overseas degree for a memorable student experience with a credible, industry-immersive difference.

Ivana Castillo Rodriguez decided to take the leap and study abroad in Sydney, Australia. Studying Business at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Cali in Colombia, she decided not only to improve her academic knowledge but to understand a new culture, business environment and environmental concerns. “My study abroad journey was truly invaluable and these experiences have enriched my education and personal development.”

Ivana Castillo Rodriguez studying in Sydney

How was your experience studying abroad?

“My experience of studying abroad was truly fantastic. Sydney is a vibrant and diverse city, and Torrens University provides an excellent academic environment. The cultural immersion and exposure to a new way of life were invaluable.”

“I gained a deep cultural understanding of Australia and had the opportunity to interact with locals, participate in cultural events, and explore the unique Australian way of life. This experience broadened my horizons and enhanced my ability to work in a global context.”

What were some of the key learnings during your time abroad?

“I was able to build a network in a new country and connected with Australians and international students who were professionals in my field. Those connections have opened doors for collaboration and potential career opportunities in both Australia and globally.”

“I gained real-world experience working in a retail store in the Australian job market, applying the skills I was learning in a practical setting. In addition to understanding the unique ecosystems and environmental challenges, I learned about the importance of environmental sustainability and how businesses in Australia are addressing these issues. The awareness has influenced my approach to business and sustainability in a global context.”

“Sydney's multicultural environment exposed me to a wide range of cultures and perspectives. Understanding and appreciating this diversity has been instrumental in my personal growth and my ability to work with diverse teams and markets. Interacting with colleagues and customers from diverse backgrounds not only improved my communication skills but also deepened my appreciation for the Australian way of life.”

Ivana Castillo Rodriguez at Sydney Zoo

What is your advice to others considering studying abroad?

“My advice to other students considering studying abroad would be to seize the opportunity wholeheartedly. Immerse yourself in the local culture, connect with fellow students from various backgrounds and make the most of every educational and personal experience.”

“Studying abroad is not just about academic growth; it’s also about personal development and creating lifelong memories. Sydney and Torrens University provided an exceptional platform for my journey and I encourage others to embark on this enriching adventure.”

“I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana de Cali and Torrens University Australia for giving me the invaluable opportunity to live and experience a country as wonderful as Australia. This experience has enriched my academic and personal life in ways I cannot fully express. Thank you for allowing me to explore new horizons in my education and personal development.“

Learn how to participate in Torrens University’s study abroad program

As an international student, you could come to Australia as a part of your overseas degree. You will need to meet the English language test requirements to be eligible for the study abroad program. Contact us at to find out more and see if you’re eligible to study with us in the near future.

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