I travelled with three other students from Jönköping. We got a really good welcome from the staff at La Trobe that brought us school uniforms and books and gave us a tour in school and at the hospital. LTU is located an hour with public transport outside of the city (Bundoora), but we had most of the lessons at The Royal Melbourne Hospital which is located in the city. We started the semester with an intensive period with mandatory workshops and labs where we needed to do a lot of self-studying and preparations. All the workshops and labs were very interesting, and we learned a lot every time. We also wrote different assessments, had online tests and two exams. I had four subjects at LTU: Health Priorities, Nursing Patients in Acute Illness, Transitions in Dementia Care, and Nursing & Midwifery International & Clinical Elective. I had two weeks of placement at the Neurosurgical ward at The Royal Melbourne Hospital. It was really interesting to experience the Australian health system that is quite different from Sweden. I was a bit afraid for not managing the English language, but there was nothing to worry about because the teachers and classmates was very understanding and helpful. They actually thought we had good English skills compared with students from other countries!
Because we spent most of the time in school and had placement at The Royal Melbourne Hospital, we chose to rent an apartment together in the city instead of living at campus. We rented the apartment from a private agency. It was pretty expensive, but we ended up living in a great area called Docklands, close to everything, and had gym and pool included in the rent. If you want to live outside of the city, Melbourne has really good public transport with trams (free in the city zone!), trains and busses that will bring you all over the city.