How to make local friends as an international student

Being an international student opens so many doors and gives you opportunities that you would not get back home.

You get to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn your career skills in a new country, explore a world different (sometimes completely) to what you know and  so much more.

Something many most fondly remember from their time as an international student is the people they meet – these friendships can last a lifetime AND with friends all over the world there is always someone to visit when you travel!

That being said, you can feel out of your comfort zone in a new land and it isn’t always easy to find and make these friends.

Here are some tips to help you find friends in your new home away from home.

Don’t miss Orientation Week 

You are one of MANY students that may not know anyone else at university so participate in as many Orientation Week activities as you can! There will be other international students who are a world away from home along with locals who are from other cities and have moved to the city and just as keen to make new friends as you are! This week is all about meeting new students and settling in so don’t be shy, introduce yourself!

Meet new students at Orientation Week!

Meet new students at Orientation Week!

Join a club or society

All universities have a range of clubs, societies and activities to suit everyone! You can get involved with sports, performing arts, public speaking, singing, volunteering and more. One of the benefits of joining a club or society is that you will instantly have something in common with your friends-to-be! You can usually sign up during orientation week but if you missed out you can visit the university website to find out more about joining!

Join a sports club - it'll help you get fit, give you routine and new friends!

Join a sports club – it’ll help you get fit, give you routine and new friends!

English

If English isn’t your first language, practice it with anyone and everyone! This will give you more confidence to approach new people and make it easier to find new friends. You can even teach your English-speaking friends some words and phrases in your first language so you’re both (sort of) multi-lingual!

Social Media

Join the university’s social media pages to keep up to date with events and join student groups / pages. If it’s a group, you can chat with other members and you’ll be in the know about get-togethers, study sessions and more! You can even initiate them!

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Sit next to someone in a lecture!

Approach your classmates

Don’t sit alone in a lecture just because you don’t know anyone – sit next to your classmates and chat to them about the course and the assessments (not while the lecturer is speaking of course!).  You could try sitting next to someone new every now and then to help you get to know them and…

Start a study group

If you’ve ever watched Community, you’ll see that a study group can become your closest friends! (Because if it’s on TV it must be realistic, right?) Although the study group may be light on the study and heavy on the chatter at times!

Meet new friends in class!

Meet new friends in class and become study buddies!

Organise adventures

You’re new to the city – explore it! Ask the locals to show you around and explore your new home city with fellow out-of-towners. Locals can show you the best places to eat, have a drink, shop and more! You’ll get to see the sites and get to know your new friends at the same time – win win!

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You can make friends for life from all over the world!

Host a feast

The way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach – showcase your local cuisine and cooking skills by hosting a dinner! It’s common for another guest to put their hand up to host the next get together at one of these, so it’s a good way to start the ball rolling on fortnightly rotating dinner plans!

Host a feast!

Everybody loves food!

Last but not least ‘shy’ is no longer in your vocabulary

Don’t be shy – make it your purpose to introduce yourself to others, put yourself out there and participate in activities that you’ve never done before.

They say that strangers are just friends you haven’t met yet so make that your motto with your fellow university students!

Got any more tips?

Put them in the comments!

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Nine ways to save money as a uni student

One of the most difficult parts of student life can be budgeting… as a full-time student, every dollar counts!

Here are some handy hints to stretch your money as far as possible!

It's still good!

It’s still good!

1.Reduced stickers are your best friend

That fresh loaf of bread at the supermarket with the Reduced sticker on it is just as good as the branded one in the bread aisle! Figure out when your local supermarket starts putting reduced stickers on the milk/bread/meat and you will save a fair amount of money on products that still have a few days of use in them. You can always freeze them for later if you don’t want to eat/drink it straight away!

2. Cheap Tuesdays

The cheap Tuesday phenomenon is widespread – from pizza places and pubs to the movies, establishments offer discounts, 2 for 1 deals and more!
Check your phone plans perks for movies too – some have affiliations with certain cinema chains and you can get tickets for almost half price – cheaper than your student discount.
A number of pizza chains have $5 pizzas* on a Tuesday… that could be lunch AND dinner for $2.50 a meal! Bargain!
*Not advisable every Tuesday – it’s not the healthiest option!

University events are a goldmine for free food!

University events are a goldmine for free food!

3. University events 

Keep an eye out for your university’s events – not only can you meet new people but you could score a free feed!

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4. Borrow text books

Text books can be a HUGE expense at the beginning of each semester, but they don’t have to be! Borrow from the library to save hundreds of dollars on a book that you will either never look at again or be selling at the end of the course. If you do need to buy the books, consider purchasing second hand textbooks.

5.Student discounts

Many establishments offer discounts to students – be it for food, products clothing or entertainment. Keep your student card on you at all times to take advantage of every student discount you can find!

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6. ‘Free’ tea

Every time you meet friends for coffee you’re probably forking out between $3 and $6 and this can add up quickly! Buy a box of tea bags and take them with you – A cup of hot water should be free and all you need to enjoy a beverage when you’re out! (You could be even more environmentally friendly and bring your own travel mug around!)

7. Apply for scholarships

While this is more about helping financially rather than saving money, a scholarship could make a world of difference! Universities have a lot of scholarships to offer, all you need to do is apply.

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Buy rice in bulk!

8. Buy in bulk

Buy your toiletries and non-perishables in bulk. A big bag of rice or pasta will last a long time and you can cook up a giant batch and freeze it! Get a few friends together and buy household items in bulk and split the cost – this is where a friend with a Costco membership comes in handy!

Indomie Mie Goreng Iga Penyet (squeezed rib) flavour. Indomie brand instant noodle, mie goreng (fried noodle), served with fried egg and vegetables. Served in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Indomie Mie Goreng Iga Penyet (squeezed rib) flavour. Indomie brand instant noodle, mie goreng (fried noodle)

9. Dress up your Ramen 

Ramen and two minutes noodles aren’t always the best form of nutrition, but add an egg to make egg drop soup and you’ve got some protein with your tasty, cheap meal! Adding tofu and vegetables can also make the simple meal a whole lot heartier!

 

 

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Why I study teaching: Education students

Thinking about studying teaching?

Education is one of the most important professions as teachers are responsible for molding the minds of the future generations!

At ACU, our teaching and education courses will see you graduate with an in-demand qualification from a range of diverse programs across early childhood, primary and secondary – including inclusive and disability education and leadership development.

ACU has a long history of producing quality graduate teachers. Our strong links with partner schools and sector organisations give a practical edge to our courses.

Hear from some of ACU’s students who are studying Education!

Davina Balaghee – Master of Teaching (Secondary).

Davina Balaghee

Davina Balaghee

I have been teaching in Mauritius and wanted to keep the same profession in Australia. I’m very passionate about teaching – I want to make a difference in students’ lives. I want to facilitate the learning of science since it is a complex subject. I believe, from my personal experiences, if you know your content and you know how to teach it using various strategies, then teaching is for you.

Studying Education at ACU…
I’ve enjoyed all the fun activities done in class from group tasks to presentations and field works to dissections in science units. I have found many opportunities to participate in, for instance I was the science mentor for a science fair run by ‘MyScience program’, which definitely enriched my university experience.

The staff, were extremely kind, helpful and approachable. More importantly, I was awarded a certificate for excellent academic results by the Golden Key International Society from ACU, which is a great opportunity to receiving scholarships for further studies. I’m very grateful to my very dedicating lecturers, especially my science lecturers. I feel like I made the right choice about studying at ACU.

Teaching in Australia and Mauritius…
I did my prac in three catholic schools (all boys, all girls and co-educational) and it was very informative and I have learnt a lot from them, in terms of teaching the NSW syllabus. I have done a Cambridge syllabus in Mauritius and it is quite different to the one in Australia. Initially I found it hard, but being very ambitious and a quick learner, I could manage. My supervising teachers were of great help.

In Australia, use of ICT is mandatory in teaching and many teachers make use of digital technologies which is a huge advantage as compared to Mauritius.

During my prac, I found it much easier to teach using ICT rather than using the traditional methods. Also, here, teaching is more student-centred rather than teacher-centred. Mauritius is gradually moving towards that.

Stefani Purnomo -Master of Education (Special Education)

Stefani Purnomo

Stefani Purnomo

Why do you want to be a teacher?

I love facilitating people to empower their potential and achieve their best, even though it sometimes can be a difficult job to do, but the results are usually worth the effort.

Studying education at ACU…
I have learnt that you have to be proactive. And from the lecturers, especially for my career as an educator, I’ve learnt that in order to make students learn more effectively, you need to model what you teach.

The lecturers are supportive and understanding about our diverse backgrounds. They tried their best to cater for the needs of all students. So the lecturers actually practice what they teach (because in my course, we learn a lot about inclusive education).

In my course, most of my classmates have been in the teaching field for a long time. It was very interesting listening to their teaching experiences, which gave me more concrete examples about the topic we were learning.

Real-world education…
I’m volunteering at a special school nearby where I can get some experience in the education system. The biggest difference I could see in the school (which is in contrast to schools in my home country) is probably the non- “one-size-fits-all” system in which every student may receive different adjustments (in terms of tasks, instructions, etc.) according to their needs and be included in the learning process regardless of the disabilities or learning difficulties they have.

Hear from Nina from Sri Lanka who studies a Bachelor of Education (Primary)

and Dioniso from Timor-Leste studies a Master of Education

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My fantastic clinical journey in the USA

The opportunities for nursing students at ACU are endless – did you know students can travel across the world for clinical placements?

There is a range of international study experiences, and one of these is two weeks at ACU’s partner university, the University of Miami at Coral Gables, Florida in the United States of America.

ACU International nursing student Yanan Wei was invited to join a Global Clinical Observership Program at the University of Miami in the USA in early 2016.

Yanan, Angela, Caitlyn, Chesney, Christine, Eleanor, Katherine and Stephanie.

Yanan, Angela, Caitlyn, Chesney, Christine, Eleanor, Katherine and Stephanie.

The third year students learnt what it was like to work in a hospital and Yanan even witnessed open heart surgery.

Yanan shares her exchange experience:

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Yanan at the Holtz Children’s Hospital

On this journey, I met seven fantastic Australian girls including the clinical educator, Geraldine Rebeiro.

I would like to take this opportunity to share my own experience with you, and hopefully it can inspire and motivate you to reach your own goals as well.

Our first day started with orientation in the University of Miami. I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised with how massive their college campuses were. During the day, we visited the simulation rooms, clinical labs and both public and private hospitals for the following placement. I am here to introduce to you the University of Miami Hospital and The Holtz Children’s Hospital (under the Jackson Health).

The University of Miami Hospital is the only university-owned and operated teaching hospital in Florida. They have 560 beds and have their own private physicians working side by side with the UM faculty physicians to provide the most comprehensive care for patients.

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The simulation study.

The Holtz Children’s Hospital is one of the largest children’s hospitals in the southeast of the United Sates. They are known worldwide for their team of paediatric specialists who are experienced in treating children with all types of needs – from routine care to life-saving procedures.

Now, I would like to start the story of our two days’ simulation study in the University of Miami. The University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies has over 60 years of history. They have set the standard of excellence as a pioneer in the healthcare education. As a world class center for healthcare education and scholarships, their curriculum integrates evidence based practice, cutting edge simulated learning and real world experience.

On the first day, we participated in simulation cases for emergency care with UM’s nursing practitioner students. The ‘patient’ was admitted to the ED. He had a gunshot injury and required urgent surgery to stop the bleeding. I was deeply impressed as the whole simulation looks amazingly real, my friends and I enjoyed this experience as we discussed it throughout the trip.

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The simulation study went for the first two days

Apart from the two days spent on the simulation study, we spent the rest of our days in the hospital. Every day we went to different wards and observed and learned from our buddy nurses. My first rotation was in the pre-operative unit. In this rotation, I met my first American friend, Nurse Guerda.

She is a very kind and friendly lady who offered me an opportunity to observe a cardiac surgery, which was a Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). That was the first time I spent five hours in the operating theater and observed an open-heart surgery. I was impressed by everyone’s knowledge, clinical skills and team work.

Yanan with the staff in Miami

Yanan with the staff in Miami

In that moment, I knew I made the right decision to be a nurse, to be a part of the nursing staff and the healthcare team one day.

Here, I also met my buddy nurses: the circulating nurse Mike and the scrub nurse Yani.

The next morning, I was located to the Interventional Radiology. I participated on some procedures like the balloon angioplasty, cholecystectomy, biopsy and nephrostomy. Once I put on my scrubs and walked into the operating room, the instant gratification of many procedures captivated me. During my break, I spent time with my buddy nurses and physicians. We discussed the cases and procedures and they kindly explained the cases and helped answer my questions.

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The girls at Disneyland

Lastly, I want to share the most valuable thing I learned in this journey, which was friendship.

I am so pleased to have met seven amazing girls in this journey. Thank you to every single one of them: Angela, Caitlyn, Chesney, Christine, Eleanor, Katherine and Stephanie.

As an international student, this is the first trip I went to with domestic friends. In fact, we didn’t really know each other before the journey.

However, we started communicating through social media. Without a doubt, we got on very well throughout the trip.

In conclusion, I am so glad I joined in this short term oversea exchange program, this allows me make more friends and make my college life more fulfilling.

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The girls enjoy a game in the US

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IELTS: What you need to know

 

Four skill-sets are tested for the IELTS.

Four skill-sets are tested for the IELTS.

What is it?

The IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular test for higher education and global migration. It tests four skills: listening, speaking reading and writing.

How is it scored?

The IELTS is reported on a 9-band scale. Scores range from 0 – did not attempt the test, to 9 – expert user with complete understanding of the English language. A score is given for each component of the test which is averaged to and rounded to give an overall band score.

Do I need an IELTS score to study at university?

For most universities in Australia – yes. If you want to study at an English-speaking university and your first language is not English, you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency to enrol in a course. At ACU, there are two ways of doing this. Students can provide evidence that they have successfully completed an assessable qualification where the medium of study was English, or they can provide evidence of their English proficiency in the form of IELTS, PTE, TOEFL or CAE.

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What sections of the test are there?

Listening: Test-takers listen to four recordings of English speakers and then answer a series of questions. There are two monologues and two conversations. Assessors look for evidence of your ability to understand the main ideas and detailed factual information, the opinions and attitudes of speakers, the purpose of a comment and evidence of your ability to follow the development of ideas.

Reading: There are 40 questions in the reading section. You will be tested on a range of skills including gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument and recognising writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose. There are three long pieces of text in the Academic test which are taken from books, magazines, journals and newspapers.

Writing: The writing section involves two tasks; topics are of general interest and responses must be in formal style.
In the first task you will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in your own words.
In the second task you will need to write an essay in response to a problem, argument or a point of view.

Speaking: There are three parts to the speaking component of the test and your use of spoken English is recorded and assessed.
Part one involves general questions about yourself and familiar topics such as family, home, studies and interests and lasts about five minutes.
In part two you will be given a card that asks you to speak about a particular topic. You will have one minute to prepare and then you will speak about that topic for two minutes. The examiner then asks a few questions about that topic.
For the third part you will be asked more questions about the topic in part two and lasts about five minutes.

The IELTS is scored on a 9 band scale.

The IELTS is scored on a 9 band scale.

How long does the test take?

The IELTS takes two hours and 45 minutes. The Listening, Reading and Writing components of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them, The Speaking component can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests.
The Listening section is 30 minutes, the Reading and Writing components are both an hour (60 minutes) each while the speaking section is between 11 and 14 minutes long.

How do I take the test?

There are more than 1100 test locations world-wide so you should be able to find one that’s close by! To take the IELTS, you must register and pay online or fill in a form to take to your nearest test centre. Once you’ve booked you will receive confirmation and the time and date of your test.

How long is my score valid?

Most institutions and organisations accept an IELTS score taken within two years.

How can I prepare for my IELTS Test?

Surround yourself with English! Read in English, listen to podcasts, watch TV shows in English, engage in conversation with English speakers and practice your speaking, reading, listening and writing skills.

A great way to prepare for your IELTS is through a preparation course, such as IELTS Test Preparation or IELTS Online.

ACU’s IELTS  Test Preparation course equips students with the skills they need to sit the academic module of the test with increased confidence.

Our course is designed to balance all the needs of the test taker in a dynamic, professional classroom environment.

The course is skills-based, and organised around specific weekly objectives that cover the four skills tested: listening, speaking reading and writing.

ACU’s experienced and well qualified teachers, and small class sizes mean that you are given individual guidance and feedback – this maximises your chances of achieving your goals!

Read our other blogs for more tips on how to prepare for the IELTS test!

Tips for passing the IELTS Reading and Listening Tests

Tips for passing the IELTS Writing Test

Tips for passing the IELTS Speaking Test

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Course Profile: Master of Commerce/Master of Business Administration

If you’re looking to acquire skills for senior managerial roles across a broad spectrum of industries in the public and private sectors, then this is the degree you are after!

ACU’s Master of Commerce/Master of Business Administration is a dual degree course which gives graduates the MBA as well as a specialised Masters degree for careers in business information systems, human resource management and marketing.

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Why should you study Master of Commerce/Master of Business Administration at ACU?

ACU’s Master of Business Administration is highly regarded, ranked Tier One and seventh in Australia by CEO Magazine.*

ACU’s business programs have an international focus, preparing students for a global career.

The courses are developed in consultation with sector leaders and our academics are active in the business world, ensuring what students learn is up to date with industry needs.

Graduates will be able to advance their career through a postgraduate award that leads to enhanced professional recognition, or a higher degree by research, and potentially an academic or research future in their chosen field.

As part of the course, students undertake workplace-based, or industry-related research projects. This will extend their learning into practical investigation and analysis of relevance to their future career and professional interests.

Graduates will have a sound understanding of corporate governance, business ethics and their chosen specialisation which equips them to gain employment as a well-rounded, knowledgeable and skilled professionals.

Course structure:

Students complete 240 credit points comprised of core units, professional stream units, elective units or research units from their major plus 140 credit points from the Business Administration core units.

The Master of Commerce has a common first semester for all majors. Students are not committed to take any specific major at commencement of the course, but will be required to do so on completion of the first four units. Therefore, students have an opportunity to change their mind about their preferred major.

Career paths:

  • Advertising Executive
  • Accountant
  • Brand Director
  • Business Analyst
  • Financial Director
  • Financial Planner
  • Human Resources Director
  • Marketing Director
  • Sales Executive
  • Social Marketing/e-Marketing Director

Professional Recognition:

ACU’s  industry-accredited courses mean graduates will be eligible for senior membership with the Australian Human Resources Institute as well as memberships with the Australian Computer Society and other peak bodies dependent on the subjects of study.

Can I apply if I don’t meet the academic requirements?

In special circumstances, applicants who do not meet the requirements of Bachelor Degree in a related discipline; or Bachelor degree in a different discipline and evidence of substantial industry experience; or Postgraduate award of at least four units but who have a sound and sufficient basis for application can apply directly to the Course Co-ordinator.

Applicants must provide a portfolio demonstrating that their knowledge, experience and skills are such that they are likely to succeed in the program.

Find out what ACU’s successful business postgraduates are up to now!

*CEO Magazine 2016

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遇见台湾女孩AMBER

AMBER是一个旅行爱好者,一个作家,如今她是ACU的一个学生。。。AMBER是一个来自中国台湾的女孩,如今在澳大利亚天主教大学布里斯班校区,学习基础英语(学术类方向),她很享受自己在布里斯班的游学时光,顺便提升了英语能力。Amber获得了昆士蓝贸易投资组织授予的“最佳海外学期奖学金”,并获得了在ACU的免费20周语言学习课程。

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Amber说:我周游世界,同时也是个作家,用中文文字表达自己的观点。我觉得有必要加强自己的英语沟通和写作能力,这样我就可以用两种语言表达自己的想法和见闻。所以,当我得知自己那到这个奖学金的时候,发现很合我的心意。

Amber说:当我看到有这样一个自己想要的奖学金,于是马上动手准备申请,其实距离申请截止日期才一天。我没有充分的时间编辑自己的自我介绍视频,所以就上传了一个短到只有1分钟的自我介绍。另外,之后的网上面试,我当时正在香港的一家酒店,互联网漫游速度不太给力。当时,我正打算从香港,飞往北京,北朝鲜,蒙古,然后搭车从俄罗斯一路到欧洲。每想到1个月以后,我被通知说自己拿到奖学金了,可以去澳大利亚了,在得知这个消息的时候,我正打算去蒙古开始为期18天的旅行,这个惊喜毫无征兆,自己好幸运!我感到很幸运,因为自己以前没有机会去海外学习。

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与自己的国家相比,澳大利亚的不同之处

澳洲的人们更加放松,并在周末花费很多时间在户外运动,我住在台北市,通常我们去看电影,唱卡拉OK,或者逛夜市,这是我能感到最直观的不同。我6年前来过这里,那时我19岁,拿着打工签证,我很惊喜自己能吃到袋鼠肉。

布里斯班的时光

我很享受布里斯班的生活!我想在这里做些不同的事情,我去袋鼠岛,钓鱼登高;或者在乔治国王大广场享受街头艺术,我也会去Stradbroke岛或南岸海滩,周末就逛逛集市。

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基础英语课程

基础英语课程确实对我有很大的帮助,老师和同学都很友好,我比从前英语学得快很多。当我在写英语句子的时候,我的老师帮我检查语法,让我获益良多。

你如何向你的家人同学描述澳大利亚天主教大学?

我会向他们推荐澳大利亚天主教大学最有口皆碑的专业,当然是护理学!这里的老师非常非常有爱,英语课堂棒极了,比任何其他我上过的英语课都好。

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Meet Amber Liang, a Brisbane EAP Scholarship student

Amber Liang is a traveler, writer and now an ACU student!

Amber Liang at ACU's Brisbane campus.

Amber Liang at ACU’s Brisbane campus.

The Taiwanese student has been studying English for Academic Purposes in Brisbane and is enjoying her time in Brisbane as she improves her English skills.

Amber won the Best Semester Abroad Scholarship, run by Trade Investment Queensland (TIQ) and is receiving 20 weeks of EAP from ACU.

“I was traveling around the world, at the same time I am a writer.  To write about my opinion in Chinese, it’s necessarily to improve my English to communicate and write in both in English and Chinese, so when I saw this scholarship, it was absolutely suitable for me!” Amber says.

Amber says she found the scholarship opportunity when there was only a day left to apply, so she had to rush her application.

“I didn’t have enough time to edit my video, you had to upload a one minute video to introduce yourself.”

“For the online interview I was in a Hong Kong hostel with really weak Wi-Fi. I was planning to travel from Hong Kong to Beijing, North Korea, Mongolia, then hitchhike from Russia through to Europe,” Amber says.

“Then after one month they announced I got a ticket to study in Australia – I got the email just before I went to Mongolia for an 18 day tour without any signal, how lucky!

“I was so excited because I have never had a chance to study overseas.”

On Australia compared to home…

Taiwan is a small island, but we have same population as Australia. People are more relaxed here and spend a lot of time at outdoor events every weekend. I was living in the capital Taipei; normally we go to cinema or karaoke, night market – these are the main differences.

I have been here six years ago, on a working holiday when I was 19 and I am still amazed about eatable kangaroo meats!

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New friends in Brisbane. Photo: Amber Liang

On Brisbane…

I am enjoying Brisbane! I am trying to do different things here, I go fishing in the kangaroo point and go climbing, or do some busking (henna tattoo) in King George Square. I also go to Stradbroke island or South Bank Beach and go to Sunday market on the weekend.

I like the ACU Brisbane Campus with a lot of natural plants, the swimming pool, big trees including the jacaranda trees here (sometimes I like to climb the tree) and crazy birds.

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Amber enjoys climbing the trees in Brisbane

On EAP..

The EAP course is really helping me, the teachers and classmates are so nice. I am learning more than before.
When I am writing my sentences, the teacher makes sure my grammar is correct and it’s really helpful.
I think my English is not bad as I thought, so I will write more articles both in English and Chinese.

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Amber says she is feeling more confident with her English skills

How would you describe ACU to your friends and family back home?

I will recommend ACU as it has the best nursing course and really, really, nice staff and the English class is awesome and better than others!

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See Australia and more with The Core

The Core Curriculum is unique to ACU, and it offers a range of exclusive study abroad opportunities in Rome, Beijing, Paris and London.

These opportunities are not just available to domestic students – international students can study the Core overseas as a part of their ACU experience too!

So it is possible to study your degree in Australia and a second country at ACU.

We spoke to two international students who studied The Core Curriculum in Beijing and Paris – and loved every minute of it!

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Vinston studied The Core in Paris.

Vinston studied The Core in Paris.

Bachelor of Commerce student Vinston Fungsi from Indonesia spent a few weeks in Paris, studying and sightseeing and says the experience changed his life.

Vinston says that one of the many reasons he chose to undertake The Core in Paris was the opportunity to share knowledge about his cultural background and learn more about communities around the world.

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Vinston saw the sights while he studied The Core.

“I am extremely grateful to have completed a study abroad experience through ACU’s Core Curriculum UNCC300,” Vinston says.

“The program definitely made me aware of how far I am able to stretch myself out and change the way I think about the world and myself.”

He says by studying the Core in Paris, it allowed him to learn another language, become a better student, involve his family in the program and find a second family.

Vinston in Paris

Vinston in Paris

“ACU placed me with amazing hosts and friends, allowing me to forge countless friendships with people from all over the world.

“These are just a few ways that being an international student studying abroad changed my life. The experiences I have and the bonds I form while living away from familiarity and far out of my comfort zone in a foreign country are unlike anything else I have ever experienced.”

“Study abroad gave me the opportunity to travel, and traveling has allowed me to form some of the best friendships in my life,” Vinston says.

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Vinston says studying abroad allowed him to forge countless friendships with people from all over the world.

“My advice to everyone is ’just do it’ and embrace the experience you will have while you are there.”

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Alvaro studied The Core in Beijing.

Biomedical Sciences student Alvaro Rezende from BraziI chose to study The Core in Beijing and learnt a lot about Chinese culture.

He says he loves traveling and exploring different cultures so he decided to combine his studies with travel.

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Alvaro on The Great Wall of China

“I went to Beijing during our winter break (to escape from the cold). Shanghai was by far the best part of the trip and I got to know and to understand so much about China which was fascinating,” Alvaro says.

“I also made some really good friends who I will take with me for the rest of my life.”

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Alvaro in Beijing

Alvaro says he was happy that ACU gave him the opportunity to develop his career by offering short study abroad programs.

“I would strongly encourage anyone to apply for the Beijing Core Program and enjoy this experience which will contribute to your future.”

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Alvaro saw the sights of Beijing.

 

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ACU护理学生Yanan临床实习之旅 – 美国篇

Yanan是一个活泼开朗,花见花开的女孩,来自中国。她是一名海外学生,在澳大利亚天主教大学墨尔本校区,就读的专业是护理本科,已经顺利完成所有课程,马上就要迎来让人心潮澎湃的毕业典礼了!在ACU读护理专业期间,Yanan选择了ACU短期赴美临床实习项目,马上分享她眼中的这次美国之旅。

YANAN(左1)和ACU护理学生在美国合照

YANAN(左1)和ACU护理学生在美国合照

2016年年初,我被受邀去美国佛罗里达州迈阿密大学参加全球临床观察项目。在这次旅程中,我结识了七位非常优秀的澳洲女孩 和一位护理临床教育工作者Geraldine Rebeiro。我想用这次机会和大家分享我的经历,希望可以启发并激励你也朝着自己的目标迈进。

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我们的第一天开始新生报道,不得不说迈阿密大学校区非常的宽广舒适,这让我非常惊讶。白天我们参观了模拟病房,临床实验室,还有医院包括公立和私立,我们即将在那边进行实习。在这里,我想向大家介绍一下迈阿密大学附属医院和霍尔茨儿童医院(附属于杰克逊健康组织)。

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迈阿密大学附属医院是佛罗里达州唯一一所由大学拥有并经营的教学性质的医院。医院有560个床位,并拥有自己的私立医生团队和迈阿密大学医学院的医生紧密合作,旨在为病人提供最全面周到的护理。

霍尔茨儿童医院位于美国东南部,是最大的儿童医院之一。医院有全世界知名的婴儿专家团队,他们对治疗儿童各类疾病非常有经验,从常规护理到紧急生命抢救。

现在,我想和大家分享自己在迈阿密大学模拟病房的两天学习经历。迈阿密大学护理和健康研究学院有超过六十年的历史。作为一个健康护理教育领域的先驱,学院有非常严格的标准。作为世界级的健康教育和学术研究基地,他们的课程融合了以证据为基础的实践,伤口模拟学习和真实的临床体验。

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第一天我们和迈阿密大学附属医院的护理学生,一起参与讨论了紧急护理的模拟案例,案例是一个病人被送到紧急抢救中心,他因枪击受伤,需要紧急手术止血。让我印象非常深刻的是,整个模拟的过程看似相当逼真,我的朋友和我非常享受这次的经历,大家在旅途中也聊到。第二天早晨,我被安排到介入放射学科室,我参与了一些介入治疗,比如氣球血管擴張手術,胆囊切除术,活体组织切片,肾造口术。我穿上手术工作服,走进手术室,想到能参与各种介入治疗,瞬间的满足感充斥着我。在休息过程中,我和搭档护士以及外科手术医生在一起讨论案例和手术流程,他们非常善意地帮我讲解案例,并回答我的问题。

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我们和迈阿密大学附属医院的护理学生,一起参与并且讨论了一个急救护理的模拟案例。案例中的病患因为枪伤被送到紧急抢救中心,需要立刻手术来止血。让我印象非常深刻的是,整个模拟的过程非常逼真,让我的朋友和我沉浸在其中,大家在接下来的旅行中一直津津乐道。

除了两天的模拟学习之外,剩下的时间我们都是在医院中度过的。每天,我们探访不同的病房,观察病人,跟随搭档护士学习。我的第一个轮值病房,是外科手术前准备病房,期间我认识了第一个美国朋友,Guerda护士。她很热心和友善,而且给我了一次机会旁观冠状动脉旁路移植术。我第一次在手术室呆了五个小时,并观察到了整个体外循环心脏手术的过程。每个在场医护工作者的专业知识,临床技巧和团队协作都给我留下了深刻的印象。那个时候,我忽然觉得最初立志成为一名护士是一个多么正确的决定,因为我可以成为他们其中的一员,并且和健康医护团队一起共事。除此之外,我也遇见了我的护士搭档:巡回护士Mike和手术助理护士Yani。

第二天早晨,我被安排到介入放射学科室,我参与了一些介入治疗,比如氣球血管擴張手術,胆囊切除术,活体组织切片,肾造口术。当我穿上手术工作服,走进手术室,想到能参与各种介入治疗,那一瞬间我感到很荣幸和满足。在休息过程中,我和搭档护士以及外科手术医生在一起讨论案例和手术流程,他们非常善意地帮我讲解案例,并回答我的问题。

文末,我想分享我在这次旅程中,收获的最宝贵的东西,那就是友谊!我很高兴我能够遇到七个非常优秀的女生:Angela, Caitlyn, Chesney, Christine, Eleanor, Katherine 和 Stephanie,感谢她们每一个人 。作为唯一一个国际学生,我第一次单独和当地学生去旅游。旅行前,虽然我们并不认识彼此,但我们在社交媒体上成为了好朋友。 在整个旅程中,我们毋庸置疑相处地非常融洽。总而言之,我很开心加入这次短期海外交流项目,不仅让我结交了更多朋友 ,而且让我的校园生活更加丰富多彩。

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