Natasa Milosevic

BSc student, Health Sciences


BSc, Health Sciences


Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia 

What made you decide to do your exchange in Australia?

It has always been a dream of mine to visit and study in another country besides Canada.  I think it would be a good experience to come into a new country independently and experience all that another country's lifestyle, and education system can offer.  My friend played a major role in encouraging me to follow my dream since she was doing an exchange term in England, and I knew there wouldn't be a better time to do this than now.

Australia has always been a destination of interest to me. It is known for the high numbers of exchange students that come every year not only for academic purposes but also to experience its natural wonders. Australia was one of those places I dreamt of as a child. I watched many shows and movies based in Australia and I always wanted to experience the mix of school and beach life! Seems like the best of both worlds - a great education system AND tropical weather.

What did you enjoy the most about the exchange?

I really enjoyed the welcome week events that my University in Australia held to meet the other exchange students.  I enjoyed listening to all of the different journeys of how people from different countries came here.

Being an exchange student at an exchange event is an experience that I never had before - everyone was comfortable going up to each other to share where they came from and start very informative and interesting conversations. It seemed like everyone was friends before even talking since we could all relate to one another since we were all new and from outside of Australia.

I was welcomed in a very warm manner, and it made me feel like I belonged to a community already.  It was an amazing start to my journey here as an exchange student.

What was the process for preparing for an exchange?

The first step is attending a mandatory international exchange on teams - it is highly informative and I felt so comfortable with the process after it. Next, I did research to see which countries/Universities are being offered for my program.

Once I was matched with a University, I applied for a student visa, overseas medical insurance, and accommodation. The University of Waterloo sent emails about pre-departure safety forms, and a small course and quiz to take before leaving on my exchange trip.

What advice do you have for others who are thinking about doing an exchange?

There will always be obstacles in your mind, but you can't let them stop you from fulfilling your dream! There were many times it seemed like I was looking for reasons why I couldn't go on an exchange - and that was just my own fear stopping me. You are ready and you will overcome everything along the way - this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I think everyone who has the chance should do it!