CSU international student profile

Friday 22 Dec 2017

A combination of academic reputation and a desire to live in Melbourne helped one international student settle on Charles Sturt University (CSU) to undertake study in Australia.

Listening to friends who’d completed studies at CSU in 2016 Ms Shazna Careem decided to enrol in the University’s Graduate Diploma of Commerce program offered by the School of Accounting and Finance. Attending the CSU Study Centre in Melbourne, Ms Careem said she was also drawn to University’s reputation among international students, affordable fees and its first-place ranking for graduate employment in Australia.

Growing up in Sri Lanka Ms Careem said the Study Centre support staff and tutors helped her settle into Australian life. Although, she pointed out it would have been liked to do more group assignments and campus activities to get even more out of the experience.

“English is not my first language so I had difficulty with academic writing, researching and referencing.

Big thank you to our study support staff for conducting effective workshops and one on one feedback sessions to produce high quality assignments.” Ms Careem said.

With studies completed, Ms Careem described her sense of pride and achievement.

“As the first person in my family to complete university education it gave a sense of pride and relief. My degree opens up higher paying employment opportunities that will enable me to support my family more.” Ms Careem said.

Working in the banking industry, Ms Careem will use her degree to become a leader and plans to complete a MBA.

“I hope to gain international experience preferably in human resources to learn new cultures and face new challenges.” Ms Careem added.

Ms Shazna Careem graduated 19 December in Melbourne, is an international student from Sri Lanka.


Media contact: Aaron McDonnell, 0427845830

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