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.
Jessica Choner Gonzalez — Colombia
I came to Australia because it is a multicultural country with a lot of advantages for international students, and I studied at TAFE because a friend from Colombia recommended it to me. I totally recommend BNIT because I was in a lot of institutes trying to learn English and I couldn’t, and here was the first time that I really learned.
In the class we have so many different activities. We have listening, reading, writing and speaking sessions. Each one is challenging, and we are split into different groups depending on our individual needs and which skills we need to improve. For example, I was in an IELTS group, casual conversations, grammar and listening, as well as general English, reading, idioms and job interview. Every term we have some excursions or activities outdoors.
All the staff are excellent. They are always kind, and they give me all the tools to learn. We have a lot of tutors that help us all the time. In addition, we have a wonderful teacher who knows our process and works with us as a class and individually. I have met a lot of different people. My classmates are from everywhere, and I can practise and improve my speaking skills with them.
I study social communication and journalism in Colombia. Before I came here my English level was very basic. Now I can go back to Colombia and finish my degree. I will have the ability to communicate in English in my country, and it will be an important advantage for me as a journalist.