Talking to strangers
His confidence bolstered, Linru Li ponders a bright future.
Linru Li (Victor), China
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Linru Li (Victor) from China has an ambitious goal: he would like to be an app developer or computer programmer.
Victor came to Dunedin to study the New Zealand Certificate in English Language on the advice of his mum’s friend, and is glad he did.
“It is a very sophisticated teaching experience at Otago Polytechnic. It has helped me a lot. I made a lot of friends at Otago Polytechnic’s English Language Centre, had nice teachers and learnt local kiwi language. It was nice to experience another culture and learn in groups.”
Victor is now in the second year of a Bachelor of Information Technology degree here at Otago Polytechnic and is well on his way to achieving his goal.
“I’m confident I can get a great job if I continue to put in lots of effort to my studies and work hard to improve my English.
“I’m actually thinking of staying in New Zealand once I graduate. I have had such a nice quality of life here so far.
“My advice to other international students is to keep learning and keep asking questions. Take every opportunity you can to speak to strangers or friends in English and you will get there.”
This programme is ideal if you can use English with accuracy and want to prepare for higher-level academic study. Successful completion will enable you to apply for most of our diploma or degree-level qualifications.
Develop high-level technical and problem-solving skills and a solid theoretical understanding of Information Technology concepts in this hands-on degree. If you have existing skills and knowledge due to practical experience in this area, you could study this programme via distance through Capable NZ (our recognition of prior learning centre). You may have already gained credits towards this qualification.