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Virtual language classes – are they worth it?

Sleeping in, chilling out and doing nothing for a month and a half? Or doing classes five days a week during the uni break? The better option might seem obvious, but it’s a bit more complicated than that.

Photo by Emily James, who completed a Virtual Global Short Program with CREIPAC

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have experienced more stress and disappointments than we have for a long time. From the closure of cinemas and bars to state and national borders, our outlook for our studies and our future in general has certainly shifted. And with travel anywhere outside your house having become far more difficult over the last few months, it’s very tempting to simply throw in the towel for a little while and hibernate in your room until everything blows over. But even though COVID-19 has limited many of our opportunities, it has caused new and exciting ones to open up. In this year’s winter session, UTS and its partnering institutions have put a range of Virtual Global Short Programs on offer. Whether you want to engage with a country or culture you missed out on experiencing due to the cancellation of the In-Country Study, need some academic credit or want to undertake a totally new yet enriching experience in the uni break, there’s a Global Short Program for you.

“Whether you want to engage with a country or culture you missed out on experiencing due to the cancellation of the In-Country Study, need some academic credit or want to undertake a totally new yet enriching experience in the uni break, there’s a Global Short Program for you.”

Emily

From French Language and Culture classes run from New Caledonia to virtual internships with businesses in Jakarta, the range is enormous, and the content enriching.

Having undertaken a three-week online course with New-Caledonian organisation CREIPAC, I’ve met students from the University of New Caledonia, participated in debates in French and discovered New Caledonia’s rich and complex environment, history, culture and education – and there’s still a week of the course to go! By learning about this exquisite territory, I’ve learnt more about my own country, and how Australia has more in common with its small neighbour in the Pacific than I once thought.

So, if you’re stuck for ideas for your next elective, missing the fun of travelling abroad or looking for some excitement these holidays as everything slowly returns to normal, a Virtual Global Short Program is the perfect unique experience for enhancing your studies, job prospects and holidays! Get ready to connect with people and culture and be transported to another world from the comfort of your own home. What could be better? 

“Get ready to connect with people and culture and be transported to another world from the comfort of your own home. What could be better? “

Emily

Emily James
Diploma in Languages

Learn more about Think Global opportunities

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