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Student story: Lucas a Brazilian student
Lucas is a computer science student from Brazil. He studied at RMIT Training for 20 weeks through the Science Without Borders scholarship program, an initiative of the Brazilian government. He will complete a year of study at RMIT University from February 2016, before completing the remainder of his degree back home in Brazil.
Melbourne as a study location
He chose Melbourne because of the overwhelmingly positive things his friends had to say about the city. They had recommended it above all the other places they had visited worldwide.
“Melbourne is very cultural. There is so much to do, like music events, festivals and museums that are available for everyone to enjoy, so anyone can go regardless of background, and you are included.”
He lives in Footscray with three Australians, which he says is great because he is able to practice his English every day and become more involved in the Australian culture.
Life in Melbourne as an international student
During his time at RMIT Training, Lucas volunteered as a ‘tour leader’ to help new students become more familiar with the city. He has also volunteered in wider community initiatives including the Colour Run and Spartan Race charity fun runs.
One of the things Lucas has enjoyed most about this experience is how much his English has improved in 20 weeks, which has made him a lot more confident.
“RMIT English Worldwide (REW) teachers are very committed to the learning process. The classes aren’t too big so they are able to help each student individually and can focus on everyone.
“They clarify any question asked and always have the answer. They are very prepared and motivated.”
Lucas highly recommends both RMIT Training and Melbourne.
“Be confident in your own culture abroad and you will have a better experience. All cultures are rich. We can teach and learn from each other. Be active—search for groups to join, interact with people, don’t stay at home all the time on the internet but go out and participate and push yourself.
“I have definitely learnt more in five months at RMIT English Worldwide (REW) and living in Melbourne than I would in 10 years of English lessons in Brazil. It has been better than I even imagined it could be. I have no psychological barriers now and feel very grateful and satisfied.”
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