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The Philippines

Juris Doctor


Epi Terbio

Filipino student Epi Terbio came to Australia with an ambition, and only the best law school can deliver the future he’s envisioned for himself. Choosing ANU was an easy decision for Terbio, who knew well of the school’s illustrious reputation. The wide range of electives was a further incentive for the aspiring lawyer, who had not decided on his specialisation early on.

“Diverse, practical learning” is how Terbio describes his experience at ANU College of Law. “I’m able to learn not just from the professors, but also my classmates who come from different countries and different stages of their lives. It provides a diverse mix of theoretical and practical learning.”

The hands-on aspect of his education laid the foundations for strong leadership skills that saw him shine beyond the classroom. Throughout his time at ANU, Terbio was active in student politics by serving as the Equity Officer for PARSA (ANU Postgraduate and Research Students' Association). “Being an international student changed my perspectives, and I thought it would be a platform that would allow me to serve and advocate for my fellow postgraduate students, especially in a year that was marked by the pandemic and lockdown in Canberra.”

Not only that, Terbio is also a Senior Resident of Toad Hall, one of the residence halls that are at the heart of student life at ANU. Recalling his arrival as a newcomer, it was the Senior Resident team that made him feel welcomed and supported. “I wanted every newcomer to also feel this warmth and support that I had received when I came,” he says. Now nearing the end of his studies, Terbio hopes to explore the realm of migration law further.

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