Top Tips For Students Looking To Keep Busy During Summer Months



Dubai, UAE, 17 July 2019: With schools and universities closing for summer break, there are plenty of productive ways to spend the holiday that can be beneficial for educational and future career purposes. Here are some tops tips shared by The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) professors for students to make the most of their months off.

1. Enrol in short programmes and courses

What is a better time than the summer vacation to expand knowledge and enrol in additional courses? That said, taking time off to learn a new language or pursue a hobby can be relaxing and refreshing whilst allowing you to stay occupied during your months off school.
Students graduating from high school can also make use of this time to apply for IELTS exams or foundation programmes before joining a university. UOWD offers an IELTS package to high school students applying to universities. This includes a two-week preparation course and the exam. Students can also enrol in an English learning programme to help them build their language skills for university.

For those in need of extra credits for college applications, UOWD offers a Foundation Studies programme that helps students upgrade their qualifications. Students taking up summer courses at the university can also take part in extra-curricular activities such as the summer fiesta and student club events.

2. Learn Arabic over the summer
With temperatures rising outside, learning a new language is the perfect solution to keep busy indoors. Those looking to immerse themselves in the Middle Eastern culture can explore and learn the Arabic language.

Those looking to improve their Arabic skills can register for the UOWD's Yalla! Arabic course, taught by International award-winning faculty. The course also allows students to practice their newly-learned Arabic through activities outside of the classroom. The course runs from 28th July until 29th August with a break for Eid. Students can opt for the morning classes from 9:30 am to 11:30 am or afternoon batch between 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.

3. Update your CV and apply for internships
Working on updating your CV and getting an internship can be extremely useful for students to get a head start on their career path. This will help them start gaining experience and achieve a better, and more practical understanding of the course they are pursuing. At UOWD career advisors are available to assist students with CV writing, mock interviews, and hold LinkedIn workshops to guide in creating a good profile and finding suitable opportunities. The university has offered its students approximately 150 internship opportunities through its online portal in the last three months.

Franky Barreto, Manager of Student Services comments, "Internships are a very good way to utilise the summer and kickstart your career. The ideal time to apply for internships would be right before the summer so that recruiters have the time to scan through CVs and conduct interviews."

4. Give back to the community
Summer holidays are the best time to catch up with friends and colleagues through planning activities as a group. A really great way to spend time together and give back to others is enrolling in community activities like clean up drives and volunteer work. Dubai Cares is one of many projects that hosts an educational camp every summer, where volunteers get a chance to help families in need. Six students from UOWD have committed to contributing their time towards this cause and will be volunteering at the literacy Summer Camp organized by Dubai Cares.
About UOWD
The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) is one of the UAE's oldest and most prestigious universities and celebrated its 25th Anniversary of Academic Excellence in the UAE in 2018.Established in 1993 by the University of Wollongong in Australia - currently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world – UOW in Dubai represents a pioneering Australian initiative in the Gulf region. The University has more than 3,400 students and supports a network of more than 11,200 alumni.

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