Zhu Xiaowen is one of our offshore international students currently studying NZCEL (Level 4) from China where she lives with her family.
Zhu studied the NZCB Admin and Tech Resource Library and Level 5 Accounting (Applied Management) courses at the Dunedin campus back in 2019.
At first, she had a hard time adjusting to the new environment and getting used to the language. Fortunately, her teachers and classmates were there to help her.
She says she misses the hospitability of Kiwis and the diversity of the students.
She cherished simple things during her time in Dunedin, such as a little roadside library, the yellow-eyed penguins, wild ducks on the lake, the gym, the huge Central Library, and the piano room.
Before she moved back to China, she went to Lake Pukaki, where she got to see a field of lupine flowers and majestic snow-capped mountains.
She aims to see the glaciers and chase the aurora once she’s back in New Zealand.
Her IELTS expired last year, so she enrolled in NZCEL online to further improve her English skills and so that she won’t need to take IELTS again before enrolling in further study in New Zealand. When the border opens, she plans to study a Bachelor of Accounting.
Zhu chose to study in New Zealand because it is international student-friendly, cost-friendly and has a good environment.
She says Otago Polytechnic’s teaching methods are practical, which is helpful for future professional-related work. She feels that she can keep learning with the help of OPAIC.