Student stories

Brazil

Certificate in English as an Additional Language

Fabio Fernandes

Fabio Fernandes Ertner

As an experienced IT professional, Fabio Fernandes Ertner had no shortage of job offers in his native Brazil. However, he knew that to work for global companies, he needed to be fluent in English.

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Graduate Diploma in Sales and Marketing

Raquel Magliari

Raquel Magliari

Two months after getting married, Raquel Magliari and her husband moved here from Brazil because they were looking for a new life experience.

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China

Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Civil)

International student Weiwo Xie

Weiwo Xie

Weiwo Xie from China chose to study civil engineering in Christchurch because "it's a peaceful place to study" and he liked the practical emphasis of CPIT's Bachelor of Engineering Technology.

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Graduate Diploma of Information and Communication Technologies

International student Zhiwei Deng

Zhiwei Deng

A web system developer in his home country of China, Zhiwei Deng came to Ara to add to his skills.

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Dominican Republic

Certificate in English as an Additional Language

Leonilda Navarro Castillo

Leonilda Navarro Castillo

Dominican Republic exchange student Leonilda Navarro Castillo is studying her second language, English, at Ara.

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Germany

Bachelor of Applied Management

Elisa Schmidt

Elisa Schmidt

Like many international exchange students, Elisa Schmidt from Germany discovered that the learning style at Ara is quite different to what she was accustomed to.

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Bachelor of Applied Management

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Lisa Schmitz

German exchange student Lisa Schmitz has fallen in love with New Zealand during her six months in the country and hopes to return to live here after finishing her degree.

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Bachelor of Applied Management

A photo of Michelle Reuters.

Michelle Reuters

Moving halfway across the world to study in a city recovering from a devastating earthquake didn't faze German exchange student Michelle Reuters.

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Bachelor of Applied Management

Vandana Elango

Vandana Elango

Vandana Elango from Germany counts herself among the many thousands of young Europeans for whom New Zealand is a must-visit travel destination.

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Hong Kong

Bachelor of Applied Management

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Kwun Tong Hung (Tim)

Kwun Tong Hung (Tim) came from Hong Kong to Christchurch to study the Bachelor of Applied Management. Tim believes the skills and knowledge he acquired at Ara have given him a competitive advantage in a globally competitive environment.

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India

Graduate Diploma in Information and Communications Technology

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Noothan Mathew

When Noothan Mathew was considering where to study for a post graduate qualification, New Zealand was high on her list.

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Indonesia

Bachelor of Applied Management (Event Management)

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Putu Tasya Sanjivani Oka

Putu was not long out of senior high school in Indonesia when she came to Christchurch to study the Bachelor of Applied Management, specialising in event management.

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Japan

New Zealand Certificate of English Language

Tomoki Kishi

Tomoki Kishi

Tomoki Kishi's goal is to be an English teacher, so when his academic advisors at Kyorin University in Tokyo suggested doing some study in New Zealand, he jumped at the chance to learn English in an English-speaking country.

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Diploma in Professional Photography

Tsumuki

Tsumuki Tanaguchi

Tsumuki Tanaguchi's ambition is to become a professional photographer. To make his dream a reality, he chose to study at Ara.

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Certificate in English as an Additional Language

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Natsuho Suto

Japanese university student Natsuho Suto is determined to learn English. "I want to study English hard," she says. "It's really important for me because I want to use English to help foreign tourists in Japan."

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Certificate in English as an Additional Language

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Yui Okii

A scholarship to study English in New Zealand has been a fascinating experience for Japanese university student Yui Okii. The international politics and law student came to Ara wanting to meet lots of foreigners, which is exactly what she's done. "Ara is quite big and there are many nationalities. Meeting other people has been a highlight of my scholarship."

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Certificate in English as an Additional Language

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Kazuya Okayama

Kazuya Okayama is excited to have completed a student exchange in Christchurch at a time when the city is in recovery mode. "Christchurch is an exciting place to be. There is so much happening," he says.

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Certificate in English as an Additional Language

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Shiho Yamamoto

At Ara, Japanese exchange student Shiho Yamamoto has not only improved her English, but has also learnt about many other cultures from fellow students. "I've never had the chance to meet so many different nationalities before and it has been an eye opening experience," she said.

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Korea

Certificate in Foundation Studies

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Jae Hong Park

Jae Hong Park had always thought of New Zealand as "heaven on earth" so he jumped at the chance to study in Christchurch when his agency in Korea recommended our food and hospitality school.

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Diploma in Professional Cookery 

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Mijung Byeon

Mijung Byeon came to New Zealand to study at Ara and has enjoyed it so much that she wants to stay here permanently and pursue a career as a chef.

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Nepal

New Zealand Diploma in Engineering

Dinesh Budhathoki

Dinesh Budhathoki

Growing up in Nepal, Dinesh Budhathoki was fascinated by innovation and invention. His childhood fascination grew into a passion which has taken him across the world to study engineering at CPIT (now Ara Institute of Canterbury).

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Graduate Diploma in Laboratory Technology

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Manesh Singh Dhami

Mahesh came to New Zealand because of its reputation as a peaceful destination for international students, and its high quality education. "New Zealand's educational system is globally recognised," he says, "and of course Ara is one of the best technical institutes in New Zealand and the only one to offer research laboratory technology."

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Netherlands

Bachelor of Applied Management

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Daniel Claessen

Dutch exchange student Daniel Claessen has fully embraced New Zealand's lifestyle and culture during his six months in Christchurch.

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Bachelor of Applied Management

Michiel de Snaijer

Michiel de Snaijer

When the opportunity of an international exchange arose, Michiel de Snaijer from Zuyd University in the Netherlands decided he wanted to go "as far as possible".

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Saudi Arabia

Bachelor of Applied Management

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Hakeem Aldarawsh

Small class sizes and a practical approach to learning are the aspects of the Ara experience that Saudi student Hakeem Aldarawsh likes the most about studying here.

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Sri Lanka

Bachelor of Applied Management

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Don Irma Pulukkuttiarachchi

It's not surprising that Don Irma Pulukkuttiarachchi is pursuing a career in event management: she loves being in nail biting, exciting situations.

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Thailand

Certificate in English as an Additional Language

Profile photo of Terrada Puengpoom.

Terrada Puengpoom

Teerada Puengpoom's desire to own an import/export business was the driving force behind her decision to travel from Thailand to study English at Ara in Christchurch. "I chose to study English so I can communicate with people in business," she explains.

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National Diploma in Hospitality Management

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Vorada Kupatavetin

A love of coffee and a serious soul search led Vorada Kupatavetin to enrol in hospitality training at Ara. Vorada had completed a year of university at home in Thailand and moved to Auckland to study linguistics but was it wasn't quite the New Zealand experience she had imagined.

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United States of America

Bachelor of Applied Science

Hannah Michels

Hannah Michels

Hannah Michels had always wanted to come to New Zealand. As luck would have it, one of the only tertiary institutes in the world to have a similar sports science programme to the one she was studying at Appalachian State University in North Carolina was in New Zealand.

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Vietnam

Bachelor of Information and Communication Technologies

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Duc Duy Do

Duc Duy Do is confident he will secure a job upon completion of his Bachelor of Information and Communication Technologies programme at Ara.

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