Connecting the dots
Argentine learner sees language as a door-opener.
Matias Vijande, Argentina
New Zealand is a great place for study and travel. It is very beautiful and very safe.
Matias Vijande is a 25-year Argentinian who came to New Zealand to improve his academic English.
“I came to New Zealand to travel around and visit my sister who lives in New Zealand. I worked on a beef and lamb farm in the North Island for a bit however I wanted to visit the South Island. My agent Cristobal back home in Mendoza had told me about Otago Polytechnic's English language programme so I just took the opportunity.
“Back home I study Engineering so English is very advantageous to my career. Engineering job interviews are always held in English so I know that if I want to get a good job when I complete my degree I need to speak really good English.”
Matias is really enjoying the English language programme so far and is liking meeting people from a variety of cultures.
“Dunedin is the perfect city for students – there’s really friendly people, heaps of overseas students and because it is a student city most shops offer student discounts.
“I would recommend Otago Polytechnic to other overseas students because it is a great place to meet people and you can definitely improve your English here.”
Learn English from experienced teachers and prepare for further study. This programme provides an excellent pathway into other academic qualifications at Otago Polytechnic.
Want to improve your academic English Language skills? This Certificate is for intermediate English speakers who want to do further English Language or subject study in an academic context. It is a nationally-recognised qualification. This programme can lead to academic study at Otago Polytechnic or you can use it to transfer to other study institutes in New Zealand.