I chose IES Foundation Year because I thought it would be an easier and smoother transition into UQ, instead of going straight to UQ from my country.
There are a lot of reasons why I like studying at IES but the main reason is because of the support system from the teaching staff. The teachers are very helpful and explain the subjects thoroughly, which makes the subjects easier to understand and the lessons more enjoyable.
Brisbane is the perfect place to live and study because it is not as busy as the other major cities in the world and it is very multicultural. There are a lot of places which can accommodate students and many resources available for their studies.
I would strongly encourage someone from my own country (Samoa) to study at IES Foundation Year because the education system and curriculum are slightly different from Samoa’s education system. You also get a chance to familiarise yourself with how the whole system works because IES Foundation Year follows the UQ system. I think I have a better chance of succeeding at UQ and receiving higher grades after attending IES.