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Zhongning Ning - China

Favourite thing about studying at NIC?

Nice surroundings, great people and a good place to study and live.

What are your opinions of Newcastle and the Newcastle lifestyle?

Newcastle is a small but quiet place. There are a lot of beautiful views and wonderful beaches. I have a lot of free time to enjoy life. People here are friendly. They are willing to help others and always with a smile.

Where can we find you at the weekend?

At the beach, at parties and gatherings with friends or just enjoying the sunshine.

Career Path-my hopes for the future?

Newcastle is a nice place, so I hope I can stay and find a good job here.

Miki Yamamoto - Japan

Favourite thing about studying at NIC?

The small class sizes make it easy to make friends.

Where can we find you at the weekend?

Listening to music, watching movies, exploring Newcastle and just hanging out with my friends.

One thing you can't live without:

My cat!

Best things about Newcastle:

Great beaches, nice people and being in a middle-sized but developed city.

Manisha Sharma - India

Favourite thing about studying at NIC?

Making new friends from all over the world.

Where can we find you at the weekend?

The beach!

One thing you can't live without:

My cat!

3 best things about Newcastle:

People, beaches, lifestyle!

Abid Ijaz Khan - Pakistan

What has NIC taught you?

NIC has not just taught me how to perform well in the university. In addition it has also prepared me to live perfectly in Australia. They've additionally taught me law and culture which is helping me in my daily life.

Plans for the future?

Aim for a good quality of life

Where can we find you at the weekend?

Out and about for dinners and entertainment with friends.

3 best things about Newcastle:

It's natural, exquisite and fascinating!

Hosne Ara Rahman - Bangladesh

Favourite thing about studying at NIC and the University of Newcastle:

Great campus and being surrounded by friendly people.

What are your opinions of Newcastle and the Newcastle lifestyle?

People here are very helpful and friendly. The differences from home are great beaches and the environment.

Where can we find you at the weekend?

One Tree Café in Charlestown, or at home!

Career plans for the future?

I plan to work as a financial advisor or a business analyst.

Lisa Bratt - Sweden

What are you studying?

Business

One thing you couldn't live without?

Family and friends

Favourite thing about studying at NIC?

Classes and staff

What are your opinions of Newcastle and the Newcastle lifestyle?

I think I can easily say that the beaches and the sun is what makes me like Newcastle so much, but also all the great people I met make me feel at home here. Newcastle has personality as a city. You have many good spots to experience and hang out with your friends both daytime and night time.

How do you spend your time outside of NIC?

I spend most of my time with friends doing different things such as going to cafes, beach, clubbing and parks.

Chun Hin Fan - Hong Kong

What are you studying?

Diploma of Engineering (Mechanical)

One thing you couldn't live without?

Computer

Favourite thing about studying at NIC?

The lecturers and staff are nice

What are your opinions of Newcastle and the Newcastle lifestyle?

In Newcastle, most things are relaxed and peaceful, not like in my home country where everything has to be finished very fast. You feel stressed all the time. In Newcastle, you won't feel crowded when you walk on the street. That is a big difference to my home country. And the other funny thing is that there are a lot of different types of goods in one shop. For example, in an electronics store which just focuses on computers, there are lots and lots of different kind of computers.

Garrettsen Eckerson - United States

One thing you couldn't live without?

Laughter

Favourite thing about studying at NIC?

The cultural diversity allows me to study along with people from across the globe. This is my favourite thing.

What are your opinions of Newcastle and the Newcastle lifestyle?

Newcastle is a very fun place if you get around and make it that way. It has many great places to see so a simple walk around can be very exciting.

How do you spend your time outside of NIC?

I found that riding my bike around is great exercise and good for finding new sites. I also like to go out with friends to find new and exciting things to do.

Nazish Mukhtar - Pakistan

Best memory from NIC:

The whole year I have spent at NIC is a memory now and I can write a whole book on this ravishing experience. I miss all my teachers, coordinator and staff members. Everyone was quite encouraging. One of my best memories at NIC is that in the beginning I was a shy girl and my teacher helped me out in making friends with other girls from the university so I could feel comfortable.

One piece of advice for future NIC students:

Students should stay determined and work hard to achieve their goals. Attend all the classes in the semester as they are arranged for students to get knowledge regarding their courses.

Wisdon Ofori - Ghana

What are you studying?

NIC's Foundation Program then the Bachelor of Computer Science at the University of Newcastle.

What are your opinions of Newcastle and the Newcastle lifestyle?

Newcastle is an amazing city with vibrant night life and low crime rate. Public transport is good for a city this size and traffic in and around the city is amazing. It's less crowded with awesome beaches.

What is your favourite thing about studying at NIC?

Meeting people from different countries.

Career Path-Hopes for the future

I hope to obtain some relevant work experience after my degree, then obtain my MBA and start my own business as an IT Consultant

Yang Han - China

One thing you couldn't live without?

Food

Favourite thing about studying at NIC?

Good teachers and staff

What are your opinions of Newcastle and the Newcastle lifestyle?

Newcastle is a wonderful place to live, work and study.

How do you spend your time outside of NIC?

Travelling and working.

Career Path-my hopes for the future?

I hope I can find a good job in Newcastle.

James Largo - Philippines

Favourite thing about studying at NIC?

The facilities are more than enough for what I need and to achieve good marks.

What are your opinions of Newcastle and the Newcastle lifestyle?

Newcastle is a perfect city. It has all the good things that cities provide and at the same time has a laid-back, relaxed aura that most cities miss. The people are as bright as the sun and the surroundings are very pleasant to the eye.

How do you spend your time outside of NIC?

Outside of school, I like to have fun with my family outdoors. We hit the beach or the caravan park, have picnics or just wander around the parks.

Career Path-my hopes for the future?

I see myself working for Nintendo in creating a new Pokemon game-the likes of which I enjoyed during my childhood.

Anne Hinga-Kenya

What are you studying?

Diploma of Business and Commerce

What do you like about Newcastle?

I love exploring so if I do not have assignments, I am most probably at a random place exploring. I love the small antique shops & cafes.

What are your lecturers like?

They are all so friendly and understanding and that is encouraging, especially if you are a new student.

What advice would you give a future NIC student?

Totally go for it. NIC is the best foundation you could ever have if you're planning on studying in Australia.

What is the social life like in Newcastle?

You end up with friends from all over the world. I always make a point to go to all the major events, beach, or parties with my friends.