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Student looks to move down under after studying in Australia

Posted on 05 October 2016

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An English student at Leeds Trinity is hoping to move to Australia, after spending a semester of study in Perth.

Nieve Boyd spent four months at Notre Dame University in Fremantle, Perth, and is now keen to pursue a career there after her degree.

She said: "My time in Australia was amazing. It really was a life-changing experience and it has completely changed my career aspirations.

"I've always wanted to work as an English teacher in this country and that was still the plan at the start of my degree. However, following this experience, that's definitely changed. I still want to teach English but I'd love to be able to do it in Australia." 

As well as traveling the country and visiting various parts of South East Asia, Nieve formed valuable relationships that will undoubtedly help should she decide to move to Australia in the future.

"Since I was young I've always loved the idea of visiting Australia, so spending a semester of study in Perth sounded perfect, but I never thought I'd want to stay and build a career there. Now that I do, my experience in Perth has made this more realistic and attainable," said Nieve.

"It has given me so much. I made a lot of good contacts inside and outside of Notre Dame, and more importantly I made some really good friends that I'm still very close with now. We are planning to meet up and see each other soon so we can travel again. These relationships that I've made will help me out a lot when I eventually decide to make the move permanently and develop my career there."

Nieve is the first student from Leeds Trinity to study in Australia through its Study Abroad programme – and is one of many students who have taken up the option to study abroad at Leeds Trinity, where most degrees now include an opportunity to study in another country.

Tom Kyle, International Development Officer at Leeds Trinity University, said:

"Nieve's experience shows the value of studying abroad. Not only has she been able to broaden her academic knowledge by studying at another excellent university, she has also had the opportunity to travel, and make some good friends and some amazing memories. 

"Students who study abroad tend to do better in their final degree and often earn more after graduating than peers who don't go overseas, so the benefits are clear. Leeds Trinity offer a range of study abroad options, from week-long cultural excursions to full semesters abroad at our partners in Europe, Australia, Canada, Malaysia, South Korea and the USA."

Now in her final year at Leeds Trinity, Nieve is looking to complete a Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) qualification alongside her degree – and is hoping to make the move down-under after she graduates.