Wanting to study abroad from China, Olivia began her university journey to UNSW by studying Foundation Studies at UNSW College in Sydney. Olivia quotes foundation studies as a key transition between her high school study in China and university study in Australia, saying “This experience allowed me to understand the differences between the Australian and Chinese education systems, making my transition into undergraduate life much smoother.”
UNSW Foundation Studies serves as a great bridge to ensure international students like Olivia are prepared to excel in their university studies in Australia. Students enjoy a personalised learning experience with individual support from dedicated and experienced teachers.
The guidance and support in my Foundation Studies program created a conducive and enjoyable learning atmosphere that was critical in helping me meet the entry requirements for my undergraduate program.
Olivia has many reasons for choosing to study at UNSW, one being UNSW Business School’s Australian and international reputation, being the #1 business school in Australia by AFR BOSS for the last two years in a row*, and consistently ranked in the Top 50 universities for Business by QS World University Rankings**.
Wanting to explore a wide range of business fields, the Bachelor of Commerce at UNSW was the perfect option for Olivia once she completed her Foundation Studies pathway program. UNSW's Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) is an innovative business degree that has been designed alongside industry to ensure graduates are amongst the most employable in Australia and across the world.
Studying the BCom at UNSW allowed Olivia to take part in a range of unique learning experiences, both in the classroom and in industry.“There are many opportunities for hands-on experience, exploring top companies, and networking with fellow alumni."
Olivia's time at UNSW wasn't only spent in the classroom and she enjoyed immersing herself in UNSW's vibrant student life. She was a part of the UNSW Chinese Student Association where she was Vice-Director of Career Development, was a Peer Mentor and took part in UNSW's Leadership Program. Olivia didn’t stop there, mentioning that one of her most valuable experiences was as an International Student Ambassador.
"Witnessing new students’ transformations from nervous newcomers to confident individuals adapting to a new environment and culture was incredibly rewarding”
After graduating in 2021, Olivia put her new skills and knowledge to good use,returning to China and working as a management consultant in Shanghai. Her workday consists of helping clients solve complex problems and providing them with expert guidance. Her future is filled with further study and career opportunities made possible through her experiences at UNSW, and her desire to explore various industries and always being proactive in achieving her career goals.
*AFR Boss Best Business School, 2022, 2023
**QS World University Rankings by Subject, Accounting & Finance
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