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Why this Architecture student from Mauritius is loving life in Perth – Tim

08/01/2024 |

Hear from Tim, a current international student from Mauritius studying Bachelor of Environmental Design. Tim shares his experience studying at UWA and the long list of things he’s achieved so far.  

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Meet Tim 

“Hi, my name is Tim, and I was born in Mauritius. I moved to Perth during my second year of study in 2022, after starting my studies online due to COVID-19. I currently live at Trinity Residential College and the whole college life experience has been wonderful so far. It feels like being part of a big family. Plus, being an architecture student, Trinity is the closest college to the architecture school which allows me to enjoy a few extra minutes of sleep in the morning.” 

Why did you decide to study in Perth over other study destinations?  

“I chose Perth because it is like Mauritius. It is a coastal place and has a similar climate. I also felt like I would learn how to design buildings suitable for this context and make my skills more easily transferrable if I were to practice architecture in Mauritius” 

What were your first impressions of Perth/UWA? 

“The main campus is beautiful! I was impressed to see so many species of birds, from parrots to peacocks. Walking through UWA feels like taking a stroll in a lush park. Perth, as a city, feels very laid back and easy-going.” 

What is your favourite thing about studying in Perth?  

“I love the range of food that Perth has to offer. I have also really enjoyed the climate.” 

What do you enjoy most about your course? 

“What I enjoyed most about studying architecture are the friends that I’ve made along the way. It is a great opportunity to meet other creative minds and I constantly feel inspired by my peers. I also really like how some of our units are great outlets to express our creativity.” 

Have you had the chance to take part in any interesting opportunities?  

“I've had the chance to participate in some volunteering activities and helped to restore the vegetation at Floreat and Cottesloe beach.”

Is there any advice you would give to other students considering Perth?  

“Study hard but make the most out of it. Make friends, join clubs and enjoy the moment because the whole university experience goes by so quickly.” 

What are your plans for when you graduate from UWA?   

“After completing my Bachelor of Environmental Design, I am going to pursue my studies in Master of Architecture.”  

Want to know more about studying at UWA? 

Visit the international students page on our website, contact our Future Students Centre by submitting an online enquiry through askUWA or chat to a current international student.

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