Australia is modern, thriving and beautiful. Our cities are urbane and cosmopolitan, and our landscapes range from pristine sandy beaches to perfect snowy mountains.
We're also one of the world's most culturally diverse nations. In the Australian state of Victoria, 45 per cent of people were either born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas. In Melbourne, the capital city of Victoria, you will hear people speak more than 150 different languages.
The Economist Intelligence Unit has ranked Melbourne the world's 'most liveable city' for three years running. The August 2013 Report praises our culture, safety and infrastructure.
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The Australian Government site Study in Australia is full of useful information.
Monash University has five campuses in Melbourne. Each has its own style and environment, and offers different academic and social opportunities.
Melburnians are friendly, welcoming, smart and sporty. We value equality, tolerance, respect, and freedom of speech and religion.
Melbourne is safe, well-designed and easy to get around. The city boasts:
Arts and culture
Melbourne hosts a number of international cultural events and festivals each year. The Melbourne International Arts Festival and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival are favourites. Federation Square, in the heart of Melbourne, often holds free special events that celebrate the multicultural nature of the city.
Melbourne is home to major sporting events, including the Australian Open (tennis), the Boxing Day Test (cricket) and the Spring Racing Carnival (horse racing). In winter, Melburnians flock to the Australian Football League (the AFL, or just 'the footy') – pick a team and join in.
Cafes and restaurants
Melbourne is famous for its coffee, thanks in large part to the influx of southern European migrants that came here in the 1950s. We also love food, enjoy a variety of ethnic cuisines, and celebrate a food and wine festival each March. The city has a lively and unique laneway culture with many restaurants tucked away.
We've got it all – large department stores, local and international designer shops, outlet malls, and busy markets.
Melbourne is home to amusement parks, recreation precincts, zoos, parks and gardens. Venture out of Melbourne to visit wineries, go bushwalking, or go on a balloon flight.
At night, the streets and laneways light up with a variety of theatres, bars, nightclubs, night markets, restaurants and concerts.
Find out more about Melbourne:
- Study Melbourne
- Visit Melbourne
- Melbourne City Council
- Public transport in Melbourne
At Monash, we understand that Muslim students have specific social, religious and cultural needs. That's why we wrote Salaam Monash (pdf, 2.60mb), a handbook for new Muslim students. This handbook has handy hints about settling in and adjusting to life in Australia, together with information about religious facilities and where to find Halal food.