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Samir Jacob - India Master of Business Administration

I’m still in my Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ) English program and I have to say that it is exceptional. It really covered all of my expectations. In my case all my courses are focused on academic purposes and both teachers and materials are of a high level. I would like to study a postgraduate course in an English speaking country and then find a job where English skills are required. In my opinion ICTE-UQ provides the English level I will need to reach my goals.

I met Australian friends who live in Sydney when I was travelling. They recommended Brisbane to me because of the relaxed lifestyle, low cost of living, beaches and climate.

I am very glad to be in Brisbane. The city is beautiful and the lifestyle is very convenient for foreign students. In my spare time I meet friends and go to the beach. I really like outdoor activities and Brisbane has lots of things to do.

If you are planning to study abroad I strongly recommend ICTE-UQ because it provides high quality courses and the environment at UQ is unique. The campus has all the facilities you need while studying. I have been able to experience the university environment and use all of the study facilities for students like libraries and computers.

Ho Bhat An - Vietnam English for High School Preparation; Years 11 and 12

I’m still in my Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ) English program and I have to say that it is exceptional. It really covered all of my expectations. In my case all my courses are focused on academic purposes and both teachers and materials are of a high level. I would like to study a postgraduate course in an English speaking country and then find a job where English skills are required. In my opinion ICTE-UQ provides the English level I will need to reach my goals.

I met Australian friends who live in Sydney when I was travelling. They recommended Brisbane to me because of the relaxed lifestyle, low cost of living, beaches and climate.

I am very glad to be in Brisbane. The city is beautiful and the lifestyle is very convenient for foreign students. In my spare time I meet friends and go to the beach. I really like outdoor activities and Brisbane has lots of things to do.

If you are planning to study abroad I strongly recommend ICTE-UQ because it provides high quality courses and the environment at UQ is unique. The campus has all the facilities you need while studying. I have been able to experience the university environment and use all of the study facilities for students like libraries and computers.

Maren Bakkejord Hansen - Norway Bachelor of Management (Marketing)

I chose to come to Australia and study at University of South Australia because I saw it as an opportunity to try something new, travel abroad and still start my studies. UniSA has many different programs and courses. I had previously studied one semester in Paris, France, and wasn’t quite ready to settle down in Norway yet.

Australia is a very multicultural country, and there are a lot of international students that come here to study. I’ve met friends from Asia, USA, Canada, France, Sweden, Australia and other countries. The people here are really relaxed and nice. They greet you with ‘How you goin’?’, and don’t really expect an answer, but it makes you feel welcome. It’s cheaper to live in Australia, so you’ll come a long way with your student loan from home. Adelaide has a small city centre and heaps of suburbs. It has over one million inhabitants, so I was surprised at how small the centre was. But it’s really easy to find your way around, and you’re never far from everything. The suburbs go all the way out to the beach, which is absolutely wonderful. Adelaide is also a cheaper city to live in. There is a Central Market in the city, which sells a lot of international food.

I’m studying Bachelor of Management (Marketing), which has four courses per semester; however, you’ll have plenty of time to socialise and maybe fit in a part time job. In the middle of the semester there’s a two week break. The semesters are quite short, but it allows you to work a bit more during the semester, and get a nice and long vacation to travel around Australia, to New Zealand or to Asia.

If you are planning to study abroad I strongly recommend ICTE-UQ because it provides high quality courses and the environment at UQ is unique. The campus has all the facilities you need while studying. I have been able to experience the university environment and use all of the study facilities for students like libraries and computers.

Matias Gonzalez Buttera - Mexico English for Academic Purposes

I’m still in my Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education (ICTE-UQ) English program and I have to say that it is exceptional. It really covered all of my expectations. In my case all my courses are focused on academic purposes and both teachers and materials are of a high level. I would like to study a postgraduate course in an English speaking country and then find a job where English skills are required. In my opinion ICTE-UQ provides the English level I will need to reach my goals.

I met Australian friends who live in Sydney when I was travelling. They recommended Brisbane to me because of the relaxed lifestyle, low cost of living, beaches and climate. I am very glad to be in Brisbane. The city is beautiful and the lifestyle is very convenient for foreign students. In my spare time I meet friends and go to the beach. I really like outdoor activities and Brisbane has lots of things to do.

If you are planning to study abroad I strongly recommend ICTE-UQ because it provides high quality courses and the environment at UQ is unique. The campus has all the facilities you need while studying. I have been able to experience the university environment and use all of the study facilities for students like libraries and computers.

Youngsuk Yun - South Korea Commercial Cookery

I first came to Perth on a working holiday visa three years ago and I loved the city and its lifestyle straight away; so I decided to come back and pursue my studies here. Perth is very different from Seoul — it is a lot smaller and less crowded. It’s also easy and cheap to get around. Buses called ‘CAT’ are free! So it’s very convenient to hop on and off and travel around the city. The weather is beautiful in Perth. Most of the time it is sunny. I like living here because it provides a very unique experience. The people are also very kind and friendly, I don’t feel like I’m a stranger here.

I’m currently studying Commercial Cookery but I have also completed a Diploma of Hospitality at the same school. I’m very happy with my school. All the lecturers and admin staff are very helpful. The facilities at the school are also very modern. We have computer labs, wireless internet throughout the school and a commercial kitchen where the cookery students can practice.

I live with a friend in East Perth, not far from my school and the city centre. When I am not at school I work in a restaurant three days a week. I got this job through my school. I love living and studying in Perth. I enjoy my course, I have improved my English, and I have made many friends from many countries.

My advice for international students is to just come and experience the Perth way of life — you won’t regret it!

Robby Gupta - India Diploma of Hotel Management, leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Tourism and Hospitality Management

Living in London, I’d fallen in love with Adelaide Oval watching the day and night cricket. It was unique to Australia then and I loved its colour and excitement. Having grown up in New Delhi I wanted to live a very busy lifestyle in a quiet city, so I knew this would be a better place for me. Hearing that Regency TAFE was the best hotel management school in the southern hemisphere I began my Diploma of Hotel Management there.

TAFE teaching is very professional and the facilities at Regency are the most up-to-date. I worked in the latest kitchens, training restaurants and front-of-house facilities with current technology. Many teachers are internationally known professionals and chefs from the Adelaide Hilton taught us many different cuisines

The whole TAFE culture was really nice. The staff were very helpful and they knew about different cultures. They organised events for us like the Indian Festival of Light which made me feel that little bit more welcome. I loved my time there and enjoyed every subject. I studied front-ofhouse, wine studies, food service, accounting and human resources. My TAFE diploma took me into the Bachelor of Tourism and Hotel Management at the University of South Australia. I only needed one year to finish my degree because I had done the diploma. Now in my working day I can apply my education and knowledge to every job that people do in my restaurants and catering business. I did two other courses at TAFE — Computer Science and Commercial Cookery — because I wanted to understand every aspect of my business.

Education in this country is fun. I have found Australian education and my TAFE study was practical, industry-based and enjoyable. Now I would say to students: learn and have fun… it’s an experience!

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