Positives: I believe that the opportunity of studying in a multicultural environment can be very rewarding. You can tell people from different backgrounds have quite different teaching and learning styles. This isn’t always positive, but in Australia is very common, so you learn to adapt.
To me, having insights on the Australian market was one of the most important things of studying here. A few lecturers were very successful at bringing real work cases into the class. These are the things that grow your confidence and make you feel prepared for the workplace.
Negatives: Like I said before, studying with people from different backgrounds can be challenging. I realised that universities around the world have completely different standards of education and a lot of students were unprepared for what is expected of them here. The majority also doesn’t seem to care enough to make a real effort or are too focused at working to pay for their tuition fees, which is understandable. On that same note, I feel like the vast majority of lecturers lower their demands to accomodate for these students. Maybe I just expected more from a first world education, but quite frankly, 90% of the people I studied with wouldn’t have graduated if they were in my university back home.
My advice to future students is: I’d say to make the most out of what the university offers to add value to your resume. Also, take every opportunity you get to connect with people, but be genuine about it.
If you’re a local student, be welcoming to the international ones. And if you’re from abroad, learn to adapt and make an effort to improve your English. I think everyone could go with a little more empathy.
I wish I knew sooner that UTS students have a discount at sushi hub.
UTS offers a range of facilities and services to assist with your studies. I believe international students can benefit a lot from the HELPS department, which is dedicated to improve our English proficiency and our assignments completion.
Personally, the variety of computer labs and study spaces are the facilities I most make use of. The eating areas, which offers microwave and hot water, could use some upgrade though.
Industry contacts? There’s always some career fair, an industry event or professional workshop going on. Career hub is very helpful with preparing us to the market as well. When it comes to international students though, there aren’t many opportunities available due to the work restrictions.
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