Seonghan Lee, NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL)

January 19, 2021

“A balance of study and leisure will make you happy. My time here has been like a dream.”

Seonghan Lee took a sabbatical from the police force to fulfil his lifelong dream to live in another country and improve his English. He studied English Language at EIT for a year and shares his experience before returning home to South Korea.

What do you like about the programme you are studying at EIT?

It is well organised and flexible. The teachers focus on what you want to learn and allow you to choose the study level.

How do your lecturers and learning advisors help and inspire you?

The lecturers chose topics catered to my interests which helped me stay engaged. I like geography and world history and I enjoyed our discussions and seeing the world from different perspectives. It was a very personalised experience, lots of one on one time – like private tutoring!

How will your programme and experience at EIT help you in your future career?

In South Korea I work in the police force. One day I’d like to work for Interpol and a high level of English will be beneficial.

What has been the highlight of your time at EIT so far?

Every Friday we do activities together and learn about Kiwi culture. We have done all sorts of things such as play badminton, lawn bowls, explore Napier and learn about Art Deco history. We even met the Mayor which was a real highlight!

What advice would you give to future students who are thinking of studying at EIT?

Join the class with an optimistic mindset, be engaged and listen to your teachers. Get involved with things both inside and outside of the classroom. A balance of study and leisure will make you happy. I travelled all around New Zealand and Stewart Island, immersing myself in the country and people.

My time here has been like a dream.