Saudi student Hakeem Aldarawsh chose to study at CPIT (now Ara Institute of Canterbury) because he wanted a more vocational approach to his learning. "It's more practical than theoretical so it prepares you for the workplace," he says.
"This approach suits me. We have practical assignments and I feel like I'm applying what I know to real life situations."
He also likes the small class sizes. "You have the chance to communicate with your tutor and your tutor can really focus on the class. At some institutions there are lectures with 700 students and the chance to talk with your tutor would be so small."
Hakeem is in his final year of a Bachelor of Applied Management (majoring in Marketing) and he's considering further postgraduate study. After five and a half years in Christchurch he feels settled here and has enjoyed his time in the South Island's main city. "I studied English and I liked the place, so I thought why not get my degree here? It's a small city and the people are friendly, I like that it doesn't take you long to get from A to B."