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Payam Hosseini - UTS: Engineering international student profile

Payam Hosseini is from Tehran, the capital of Iran.

Payam completed his undergraduate Engineering degree, majoring in Civil Engineering, at the Karaj Islamic Azad University. Payam is currently enrolled in a Master of Engineering (Structural Engineering). Payam is also a recipient of the Masters Scholarships for Outstanding International Students.

"I wanted to continue my studies and complete a postgraduate degree overseas. Firstly I started studying towards my IELTS exam thinking I might go to Canada; most Iranians overseas are in the USA and Canada. I then did some research about Australia and, really because it's almost at the other end of the world, I thought it would be a good place to go to. I also wanted to go somewhere where there might be good work opportunities and the chances of getting a job here seemed very good.

My specialisation of structural engineering isn't really offered everywhere so in the end I applied through my agent, Rahian Abi Danesh institute (RAD) (opens an external site), for the Master of Engineering Studies at UTS in Sydney and Griffith University in Brisbane. I accepted the UTS offer because UTS:Engineering has a good reputation, especially because of its industry network. I also prefer being in Sydney - I'm used to living in a big city like Tehran plus I think the weather in Sydney is the best!

I came to Sydney in November 2008 and did a five week English course at UTS:Insearch. This was more of an academic preparatory course and very useful towards studying here. Once at UTS, I participated in the Orientation Program which is always held at the beginning of every semester for all the new students. UTS is a big university and you have to know a lot, for example where your faculty is, different sections, classes, where you can print, Student Association, library, second hand bookstore. The library offers special programs for students to learn how to use the databases. You can book a session in the library to learn about their facilities. During the orientation I got a lot of help from the Peer Networkers, who are students specially trained to help new students. Now I am also a Peer Networker and keen to help newcomers.

Studying here is quite different from studying in Iran but I got a lot of help from the course coordinators who I talked to about the structure of my course and the subjects. Assignments are quite a big part of a subject; there is more work involved which I find quite challenging. Towards the end of the MES I decided I wanted to go more in depth with my studies and applied for a transfer to the Master of Engineering that will give me a better idea about research before I start my PhD. Now I am completing a graduate project and my research topic is 'An investigation of the influence of rating curve errors on Annual Maxima Series for flood estimation.'

I'm doing some casual work at UTS, marking and tutoring and I also have a casual job at the IELTS Centre. In my free time I go to the gym, social clubs, salsa class, network café and I like to fish at Cooks River. I live in Student Housing and share an apartment with two Australians and a Korean. I've made use of the Careers Service and attending some of their workshops in resume writing and have also attended Careers Fairs here at UTS."

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