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Lingbo Zhang has travelled all the way from China to Australia on her study journey. Initially drawn to the University of Canberra (UC) as a world-class university with excellent teaching resources, Lingbo has been able to create a study plan, unique to her career goals.
These days, she’s enjoying life in the Australian capital while she prepares for her postgraduate degree. Once her pathway program is complete, Lingbo is ready to complete a Master of Physiotherapy at UC.
“The University of Canberra provides a lot of assistance for international students, from studying to living to employment,” she says.
Lingbo was also attracted to Canberra’s natural environment and climate. Her first impressions of Canberra were of lush, green surroundings that were beautiful and super accessible.
She also enjoys how intermingled the city is with its national parks and gardens. In fact, Canberra is famous for being a city filled with green spaces!
“I really enjoy cities that blend in with nature - I am a person who loves that very much,” she says.
She explains that Canberra also has a very pleasant climate – perfect for enjoying the gorgeous sights and landscapes.
Grateful for the support she’s received since beginning her studies at UC, Lingbo highlights UC College as a huge help for students.
Lingbo got involved with UC College right at the start of her study journey. During Orientation (O-Week), before starting her degree, she attended a workshop with UC College teachers to find out more about what the College can do for students.
UC College volunteers also gave students an informative tour of the UC campus. Lingbo explains that this was particularly helpful for becoming more familiar with UC, where everything was and how things worked. It also helped reduce her anxiety about arriving in a new environment as an international student.
Because she found the O-Week tours so supportive when she first started at UCC, Lingbo was inspired to give back to her student community. Now, every O-Week, she volunteers to help new students familiarise themselves with the campus in the very same way.
“It is very important for new students to familiarise themselves with the school environment and main facilities,” Lingbo explains.
UC College offers a variety of pathway programs designed to help students reach their academic goals and prepare them for further study at UC.
When she first started at UC, Lingbo needed some extra assistance with her English skills because English is her second language. So, she looked to UC College for help on her English language journey.
UC College specialises in English skills education. The UC College English Language Centre (UCCELC) has been providing English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) since 1969, so they’re experts at what they do.
At UCCELC, you can study either general English or academic English, depending on your specific needs and goals.
Lingbo is currently studying Academic English 3B and, under the exceptional guidance of UC College teachers, she has already made significant progress.
Since accessing the English assistance provided by UC College, Lingbo has been able to excel in her exams.
Lingbo highlights the importance of practising English outside the classroom in Australia. Since starting at UC, Lingbo has made friends from many different countries and backgrounds.
As well as formal classes, Lingbo loves getting together with her friends to practise their English skills. They also attend a special speaking club to work on their conversational skills.
Her favourite piece of Aussie slang she’s learned so far is “brekky” for “breakfast”!
Lingbo recommends that other students follow her pathway to achieve their goals. To improve their English skills, she explains, it is really useful to participate in the various courses and activities organised by UC College. She also emphasises the importance of communication, particularly if you’re struggling in any way.
“Actively communicate with teachers if you have any difficulties in learning or life,” she says. “Our lovely and kind teachers are very willing to provide help.”
Visit the UC College website today to find out more about how they can help with your study journey.
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