Linh arrived in New Zealand in February 2017 to study for a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Media Studies. Victoria has a twinning relationship with her institution back home in Hanoi, the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam.
While learning in a second language can be challenging, Linh says she has had great support at Victoria.
“The international team offered me advice on my studies and helped me with my academic writing. I’ve also found the lecturers super helpful and very friendly,” she says.
Linh was attracted to New Zealand by its beautiful natural environment. She says her parents are happy knowing that she is studying in such a safe, welcoming country.
“People are so friendly here. They smile at you on the street even if they don’t know you,” she says.
“Studying in New Zealand has been my greatest decision. I was in love with Wellington from the first sight.”
Living in New Zealand has already made me a different person for the future. I am more confident and mature now.