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What are your expectations of studying abroad?

Youeng Seyha, a student in Israel

“If you don’t come from a rich family, how can you study abroad? You have to study hard and get good grades. Moreover, English is the most important language for people who want to study in other countries. Students have different expectations of studying abroad. I am an intern studying horticulture in Israel. This subject will give me the know-how to set up a sustainable agricultural operation that meets international standards and delivers produce of good quality. I will also gain more experience in areas such as land management, irrigation systems, plantations and protection from pests (root, tree, branch, leaves and fruit).” 

Leang Lina, a scholarship student in New Media (Cartoon 3D) at Mahasarakham University in Thailand

“I love my major so much, and it’s a priceless opportunity to gain a scholarship to study here. But I had problems with my studies during the first year because there were lots of new things I’d never learned about or even seen before. I had to get my head around Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, InDesign, Zbrus and Autodesk Maya. ​After studying here for four years, I will hopefully become a popular animator. I want to create Cambodian cartoons for Cambodians, and I hope our country will develop its own cartoon industry. Finally, as a Cambodian studying abroad, I suggest young Cambodians study hard so they can take advantage of good opportunities that arise.”

Mang Chanda, a science student at Lone Star College, in Houston, Texas

“From the time I set foot in the US, I knew my life would be changed somehow. Here, there are a lot more opportunities. I graduated from high school with a good GPA and started college right after that. Now I’m studying for my Association of Science degree in a community college. Having a science degree will help me gain my pharmacy degree when I transfer to another university later on, but I have to focus on my studies. After graduating, I will have specific skills in that field and be able to work. Anyone who wants to study abroad shouldn’t be afraid to do so. You will soon realise your future is brighter than you expected.”

Him Thideth, a scholarship student of film at Dongseo University, in Busan, South Korea

“I applied for a film major and won a scholarship to Dongseo University when I was a year-one student of the Department of Media and Communication. In film, everything boils down to creativity and the art of story-telling. Sometimes, I’m in trouble because I can’t come up with a story line on time. Moreover, making movies is a very complex process that involves a lot more than just cool action movement or special effects. After I graduate with a bachelor’s degree, I will be employed by the Pioneer Cinema Institute for two years.” 

Run Reaksa Sambath, multimedia-IT and marketing director at the Beijing International Academy

“I’ve really liked art and technology since I was a high-school student, so I decided to learn about IT, graphic design, coding, animation, decoration, web design and everything related to those areas. Since June 2010, I’ve been in Thailand, taking an advanced professional photography course at the Bangkok Photo School. I’ve been able to work in many international-standard industries since I was 17. Now I have a really good job and I can apply myself to a wide range of tasks without any problem.  ‘Learn more, know more’ is my motto.”



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