Student Stories

On this page and around the site you can find many student stories from current and past students.....

  • Postgraduate students
    South Island University of Canterbury
    Kerstin Erfmann. Photo credit: University of Canterbury

    Kerstin is studying towards a PhD in Speech and Language Sciences at the University of Canterbury

    ‘My main motivation is to make a difference in other people’s lives,’ Kerstin says about her PhD research.Having previously studied Speech and Language Pathology qualifications in Germany, she was determined to contribute more of her expertise in swallowing disorders to the field.‘Current rehabilitation options didn’t satisfy me in their outcomes when I was working with individuals that suffer...

  • South Island University of Canterbury
    Denny Du. Photo credit: University of Canterbury

    Denny is studying towards a Bachelor of Forestry Science at the University of Canterbury

    With a goal to start a career in the forestry industry, Denny decided on travelling to New Zealand from China, as recommended to him by family and for the opportunity to experience study in the unique New Zealand environment.‘New Zealand is a good place to study as it provides a better environment for me to live in and pursue my future life quality,’ he says. ‘New Zealand has high diversity of...

  • Postgraduate students
    South Island University of Canterbury
    Emma Wallace. Photo credit: University of Canterbury

    Emma is studying towards a Master of Science in Speech and Language Sciences at the University of Canterbury

    It was UC’s reputation in Speech and Language Sciences that lead Emma to travel to New Zealand from Ireland, particularly for its research in swallowing and dysphagia. Emma’s own research is conducted through the Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research where she is supervised by Prof Maggie-Lee Huckabee, which has been an incredible opportunity for her.‘Maggie-Lee’s research that...

  • Postgraduate students
    New South Wales Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM)
    John Sturt-Addicott

    John is studying an MBA at Macquarie Graduate School of Management

    “I first thought about doing an MBA when my wife and I decided we’d look at our options for living abroad. She was then offered an incredible opportunity to work in Sydney and I started looking at what I would do when I moved out there. For a while I had been thinking about making a career change.“We attended a Study Options university open day in London and met representatives from different...

  • Postgraduate students
    Queensland The University of Queensland

    Kecheng is studying Master of Geographic Information Science at the University of Queensland

    My name is Kecheng Zhang. I studied MSc Development Finance at the University of Manchester from 2014 to 2015. I determined to go to Australia to study further at the University of Queensland.I first found out about Study Options on the UQ official website, while I was preparing to apply for postgraduate study. UQ recommended that I apply through Study Options, who are an agent providing services...

  • New South Wales The University of Sydney

    Jiayu will start a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Sydney in February 2016

    “I applied for a bachelor degree of commerce at the University of Sydney on 7th January 2016 and received the unconditional offer within three working days. I must say this would not happen without enormous help from Study Options. I am very grateful for the service they provided and I am happy to tell the story I have been through with those wonderful people.“I am an A-levels student from...

  • South Australia Flinders University

    Kate went to Flinders University on exchange to study criminology and English literature

    "Adelaide is very laid back, and everyone is surprisingly warm, open and welcoming. I also seem to be doing more sports here than I ever do at home, so I feel amazing!"Flinders is more challenging than my university at home - I’m certainly never bored here! I live in the university hall and we have all pretty much been forced into getting to know each other. It’s been embarrassing, hilarious,...

  • Victoria La Trobe University

    Hannah was studying the Bachelor of Physiotherapy at La Trobe University

    "It’s difficult to pick one thing to love above everything else in this city. The nightlife is fantastic, which allows me to create a healthy work-life balance, the university campus is stunning and the friends I’ve made both at university and outside make life extremely enjoyable."My course is great, I like everything about it! The content is challenging, interesting, and very rewarding. The...

  • South Island University of Otago

    Anna was studying a Masters in Marine Science at the University of Otago

    "What made me choose Otago? I was keen to study in a new country, and New Zealand had always attracted me. Then, when I looked into it, I found Otago has the best reputation for marine science (and all scientific research) in NZ."I arrived a month before term - my sister and I bought a car in Auckland and did a road trip from north to south island. My first impressions of the country have stayed...

  • Western Australia The University of Western Australia

    Stuart is from Perth in Scotland and was studying a Bachelors in English and Latin at the University of Western Australia

    "Initially, I fancied studying marine biology and, as I was more willing to picture myself splashing around in the Coral Sea than in the North Sea, I started looking at Australian universities. I ended up changing my mind about what to study and decided to focus on humanities-type subjects, but the change in what I wanted to do didn’t change where I wanted to do it. Studying in Australia, to me,...