There are many pathways into university including foundation studies programs which prepare students for entry into an Australian university. The winners in the pathways category have worked hard to pave their way into university studies. We invited them to share their stories.
Winner: Ian Ngui Rong Yi from Malaysia
A springboard into podiatry studies
After achieving high results in his schooling years, Ian chose to further his studies in Australia, where his father had studied before him. Having completed the equivalent of Year 11 in Malaysia, Ian and his parents chose Adelaide where he was offered a scholarship at Eynesbury College. Now, almost at the end of his foundation program, Ian is looking forward to pursuing his dream of becoming a podiatrist.
Describe your experience studying in Adelaide.
At first, I was a little worried about how I would cope with living in a new place with a different education system. Especially when I am away from my parents and having to do everything on my own for the first time. But I’ve found learning in Adelaide to be fun and rewarding.
My teachers have been very helpful, mentoring me in my studies and supporting my wellbeing. They monitor my progress and have helped me to maintain excellent academic grades. I’ve also enjoyed meeting many international students, making lifelong friends and memories.
Why did you choose a study pathway to university?
I chose the Foundation Studies Program because it is widely recognised by Australian universities, including the prestigious Group of Eight. I think this program has prepared me well for university studies and it’s given me a very good chance of being accepted into the podiatry course I want to study next year.
Why do you want to study podiatry?
I’ve always been intrigued by the human body, and after watching my mother suffer terribly from pain in her feet, I decided I wanted to become a podiatrist. I think our ageing population will need more care in this area, and I hope to be able to help improve people’s quality of life.
I want to study at the University of South Australia because it is a highly ranked university. Their course includes over 1,000 hours of clinical learning which will provide me with the knowledge and skills I need to become highly qualified in my field.
Highly Commended: Emily Siow from Malaysia
After achieving high marks in the Malaysian Certificate of Education, Emily came to Adelaide as a recipient of the Eynesbury Merit Scholarship to study the Foundation Studies Program. At the completion of her foundation studies, she hopes to study physiotherapy, a career inspired by watching her brother recover from spinal surgery a few years ago.
Academically, Emily has continued to excel and is on track to meet the entry requirements for her course. Emily is thankful for the many dedicated lecturers who have been willing to sacrifice their free time to answer questions and guide her to success.
Emily says studying abroad in Adelaide has undeniably broadened her horizons. She’s made friends from all over the globe and enjoys joining in on college social activities and visits to Glenelg beach to unwind from studies.