Deakin South Asia

Exploring a modern and scientific study of psychology

November 1, 2023 - 4 min read

Aspirations for adding an extra edge to studies and achieving global ambitions motivate many international students to make the move to Australia. Aashi Hiren Chhatiawala, pursuing her Graduate Diploma of Psychology (Advanced) at the beautiful Geelong Waterfront Campus of Deakin University is one such student.

Her ambition of embedding a scientific edge to the study of psychology brought Aashi to Deakin University all the way from Surat in India.

‘I wanted to build a strong foundation of scientific learning with research for my pursuit of expertise in psychology and this is what brought me to Deakin University.’

Aashi is putting the excellent course structure, curriculum and academic exposure that she is receiving at Deakin University to good use for gaining a holistic subject knowledge. What works to her advantage are the well-constructed seminars and lectures, delivered by a supportive faculty.

The learning tasks and assignments are clearly articulated and enable students like Aashi to excel. The focus on applied learning is further helpful in developing a sensitized grasp of psychology, which is beneficial in the long run.

‘Deciding to come to Australia and Deakin University happened when I set the bar high for my academics and my aspirations.’

It is a big decision for students like Aashi to look beyond domestic institutions and explore study abroad options which entails stepping out of one’s comfort zone, getting used to a different country, lifestyle, format of studies and ultimately managing all on one’s own.

Aashi is appreciative of the aid of a scholarship that she received from Deakin as well as the responsive, student-friendly approach of Deakin University. It helped resolve all her queries and doubts to enable her to join confidently at the Geelong Waterfront Campus.

Glimpses of a student’s life

Aashi living the life of an international student

‘I was elated to secure a scholarship and truly thankful for the fantastic relationship Deakin established with me as a prospective student.’

International students look forward to a truly rewarding and fulfilling student life that allows them a successful career pathway with a multicultural, global exposure. Aashi is impressed with the support and warmth she has received at Deakin and the convenience and assistance one finds here.

No problem is too big or small she says, when you live on the Deakin’s residences, known as ‘Res’.

‘Staying at Deakin Res is the best decision I made, since it is quite convenient being close to the university as well as being a hassle-free accommodation option.’

Students staying at Deakin Res have very little to manage at the personal level since everything from the bills, the Wi-Fi and the smaller hassles of accommodation are taken care of in a streamlined manner. It allows students to focus better on their studies and build upon their personal and professional capacities.

Aashi finds the number of students from India studying at Deakin a blessing, since it gives her a feeling of home away from home. As an international student, what she truly rejoices is living amidst a multi-cultural and multi-lingual landscape.

Her experiences and new-found confidence at Deakin have imparted Aashi with an open mind and willingness to explore the best possibilities available to her in the field of applied psychology, clinical psychology, counselling, social work and more. Her ambitions have significantly shifted towards global opportunities which she is set to take on.

‘I had left home with high hopes and a zeal to fulfil my aspirations. Deakin has surpassed my expectations and helped me gain the confidence to ace my goals both personally and professionally.’


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