Norwegian student Sander Bredal named International Student of the Year

December 16 / 189

University of Melbourne student Sander Bredal has been chosen from Victoria’s 175,000 international students as International Student of the Year in the Higher Education category as part of this year’s Victorian International Education Awards.

President of both the Australian Federation of International Students (AFIS) and the University of Melbourne Student Union International, Mr Bredal was one of sixteen winners recognised for their outstanding contribution to Victoria’s thriving international student population.

This year’s student winners were awarded up to $10,000 toward their studies and will also become ambassadors for the Victorian Government’s Study Melbourne initiative, which will promote the University’s capabilities to the world. 

Sander Bredal, who is from Norway, is studying a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Politics and International Studies and says he aims to support international students in Melbourne by mentoring others to overcome some of the challenges he faced on arrival in Australia.

“Moving to a new country for study is no small undertaking, and settling in to life in Melbourne there were a few bumps in the road,” Mr Bredal said.

"Being able to work with fellow students in navigating their challenges is very rewarding. I hope to continue contributing to a vibrant community leading change, and empowering students to make their own overseas study experience and create friendships all over the world."

Deputy Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor International Professor Susan Elliott said the award provides significant recognition of the University’s diverse student population.

“We congratulate Sander on his success in these awards. He has been an exemplary leader for our international student community since his arrival in Melbourne, and it is a recognition that is richly deserved,” she said. 

“The University of Melbourne is home to many talented international students from around the world, and we are incredibly proud of their contributions that make our campuses so vibrant, welcoming, inclusive and multicultural."

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