Positives: I believe that the opportunity of studying in a multicultural environment can be very rewarding. You can tell people from different backgrounds have quite different teaching and learning styles. This isn’t always positive, but in Australia is very common, so you learn to adapt.
To me, having insights on the Australian market was one of the most important things of studying here. A few lecturers were very successful at bringing real work cases into the class. These are the things that grow your confidence and make you feel prepared for the workplace.
Negatives: Like I said before, studying with people from different backgrounds can be challenging. I realised that universities around the world have completely different standards of education and a lot of students were unprepared for what is expected of them here. The majority also doesn’t seem to care enough to make a real effort or are too focused at working to pay for their tuition fees, which is understandable. On that same note, I feel like the vast majority of lecturers lower their demands to accomodate for these students. Maybe I just expected more from a first world education, but quite frankly, 90% of the people I studied with wouldn’t have graduated if they were in my university back home.
My advice to future students is: I’d say to make the most out of what the university offers to add value to your resume. Also, take every opportunity you get to connect with people, but be genuine about it.
If you’re a local student, be welcoming to the international ones. And if you’re from abroad, learn to adapt and make an effort to improve your English. I think everyone could go with a little more empathy.
I wish I knew sooner that UTS students have a discount at sushi hub.
UTS offers a range of facilities and services to assist with your studies. I believe international students can benefit a lot from the HELPS department, which is dedicated to improve our English proficiency and our assignments completion.
Personally, the variety of computer labs and study spaces are the facilities I most make use of. The eating areas, which offers microwave and hot water, could use some upgrade though.
Industry contacts? There’s always some career fair, an industry event or professional workshop going on. Career hub is very helpful with preparing us to the market as well. When it comes to international students though, there aren’t many opportunities available due to the work restrictions.
Positives: My course requires you to undergo 2 6-month internships in your 2nd and 4th years. This means that as a graduate, I would already have relevant industry work experience. Furthermore, my university provides a lot of help in networking with industry partners which will be crucial to the progression of my career. In general, my course enables me to have great prospects in the future.
Negatives: Coming from highschool, the workload is definitely terrible. Some lecturers are not as passionate as needed in order to engage the cohort. Lectures earlier than 10am are deadly. Some subjects are extremely unorganized and require you to ask too many clarifying questions. Building 11 (Engineering) is generally great however other facilities in older buildings require updates. Most engineering subjects have a 50% must pass final exam in order to pass the subject. The trimester format means that the number of holidays has decreased.
My advice to future students is: If you had bad study habits in high school, don't expect them to be magically fixed just because you're finally doing something you like. Take a gap year or semester before uni so that you give yourself a bit of a break. You've been non-stop learning for 13 years! Figure out a way manage work-life-social balance.
Positives: Some very interesting and engaging subjects
Negatives: Some complex and disengaging subjects that are hard to follow
My advice to future students is: Involve yourself as much as possible in extracurricular activities (eg mooting)
Positives: The standard of education is generally quite high. Most of the courses have great practical applications
Negatives: A small few of the lecturers do not have great English and make it difficult to learn effectively
My advice to future students is: Stay engaged with the subjects throughout the semester
Positives: The money from the scholarship, friends and connections you make, internships provided as part of the course
Negatives: Not enough technical subjects, repeated content through the subjects
My advice to future students is: Learn more technical stuff through your electives, at your internships, or in your own time
Positives: There are a range of majors and sub major subjects to choose from. Uni tutors and lecturers had a diverse range of industry experience, which meant I was able to relate the theory back to the real word.
What I also liked about the course was that the subject content and subjects offered were relevant to keep up with the pace of the corporate environment.
Negatives: When I first started there was no structure to the course, which meant I was able to bypass core subjects and immediately study my major in my first year, given I completed a prerequisite subject.
Some of the core subjects for the course I studied such as finance, accounting and management had too many students in the tutorial class. This meant it was hard to build a relationship and ask the tutor questions.
Some lectures were hard to follow given the content and lecturer needed to make the subject more interesting and relevant to the real world. A few lecturers lacked passion
My advice to future students is: I would say make sure you do your research and read up about the subjects on offer and course outlines before you sign up. A positive is that you can try a course and if you don't like it you can withdraw before the census date, similar to trying before you buy.
Do not follow what subjects or courses your friends are doing and make sure you follow your passions. I enjoyed my time at UTS and there is potential for you to, as well!
Positives: At UTS there a new lab facilities which are fantastic to learn in! The teachers are amazing as well. I love the practical side of nursing it’s so engaging.
Negatives: The classes are a smaller size so depending on the individuals that are in the class the contribution can at times be minimal which I find effects the way I learn.
Maths is a huge part of the nursing course which at times I struggle with.
My advice to future students is: Continuously review your notes and keep on top of what you learn on a week to week basis so that once exams come it’s second nature. Consult with the lecturers.
Positives: My course gives students the opportunity to work in the legal field, particularly international law, as well as develop analysis and research skills which can be useful and applicable to many job opportunity’s in general.
Negatives: The assessments can become overwhelming and there is a lot of reading involved so unless you enjoy the material explored in the particular class your undertaking and can be a lot of work.
My course also involves one year of study abroad in a foreign country, the country which uses the language you have learnt. This could be a very enticing and positive Experience for some and a negative for others depending on each individual.
My advice to future students is: To creat study groups with other students in the same course so as to lighten the load with assessments, note taking and case summaries.
Additionally, students should also take advantage of the educators available to them as well as other university resources.
When learning another language, watching shows and movies are extremely helpful.
Positive- Lots of career options, flexible study load, great campus location. My course is also very high in demand, has good job opportunities and a high employability rate and competitive salaries. Does not require background in IT.
My advice to future students is: This degree is a great opportunity to gain IT skills in order to get a competitive job in an increasingly net-based/virtual world
Positives: I highly recommend this course due to its well structured curriculum. The course itself is very hands on and it allows you to engage with the creative and design process when working as a graphic designer or visual merchandiser. The course is heavily project based which means no exams!! Early on in the course they teach you the basics of the course and they set you up well for the coursework. Not only this but you work with industry professionals that have a great experience in the field.
Negatives: This course is very enjoyable but the only negatives that I would say is the scheduling of the classes. I currently go to university 4 times a week and the days range from 3 hours to 8 hours depending on your breaks. Since this course is quite small, they offer less classes thus it is less flexible. The only other thing I would say is that the course is quite full on in the beginning but it’s very easy to adapt when you understand how the course structure works.
My advice to future students is: I would say to choose this course if you are truly passionate about working in the design industry. Early on in your course, I would say to do your best to stay on top of tasks and trust me it will make his course that much more enjoyable.
|University of Melbourne|
|La Trobe University|
|University of Technology Sydney|
|University of Sydney|
|Western Sydney University|
|University of Queensland|
|Australian Catholic University|
|Australian National University|
|Central Queensland University|
|Edith Cowan University|