‘Australia has always appealed to me and when I saw that The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of the Rotary Peace Centers, I decided to apply. The Peace and Conflict studies here at UQ have a great variety of skilled and professional academics which I think helps it rate amongst the top in the world. They have both a practical and theoretical background, which is important to these studies. There is quite a lot of role playing/simulation in the courses which helps students see the potential problems and successes of different approaches in the real world.
‘I did my Bachelor of Arts in Iceland few years before coming to Australia. After a one year of study at UQ I received a scholarship to do fieldwork/research and enhance my practical experience for future employment.
‘I always feel at home here and Brisbane has friendly people that have helped me in this matter. The weather is of course great and I love the BBQs in the park. I have participated in some social activities, especially when it comes to urging politicians to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians. The BBQs in the park have been a major factor in socialising with other students and we have cherished the availability of this part of Aussie culture.
‘My advice to other incoming international students it to be very internet minded, follow up on everything that is going on and use the assistance of all the great staff at the library. Go to parties you are invited to - it is the best way to meet people. People in Brisbane are extremely friendly and helpful, so ask and ask for assistance with anything.’