International students find a home away from home

International students find a home away from home

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109 new students from Germany, Peru, Myanmar, Malaysia, Korea, Fiji, India, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines began their early childhood education studies with New Zealand Tertiary College in October.

“What a special week we’ve had, with so many wonderful, excited, full-of-heart students joining us from nations all around the world,” shared Chief Executive Selena Fox.

The college’s new international students were welcomed with a comprehensive week-long orientation, where they took part in a traditional Māori welcoming ceremony followed by a guided tour of their campus cities.

Pastoral Support Lecturer Joy Donaldson accompanied new students in Christchurch on their city tour, where they got to know their fellow classmates while finding their feet in their new hometown.

“We visited the Bridge of Remembrance, the Botanic Gardens and the museum. The students had a really great time exploring the city. One even asked if we could do it all again!” Joy said.

Students were also supported with information sessions to help them adjust to their new life in New Zealand, with information shared on emergency services, safety advice and job opportunities, as well as online learning and academic requirements.

New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) student Swe Zin Soe, from Myanmar, described it as an “instinct” that motivated her to choose New Zealand as her study destination. Less than a week into her studies, Swe Zin felt confident she’d made the right decision.

“The welcoming ceremony was so special, I’ve never seen anything like it before. I could feel the warmth and support of the staff and everyone has been so friendly. I’m definitely excited to start my study,” said Swe Zin.

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