David Tan

UTAS has a smaller student cohort, so not only do you get the chance to meet more people, you get more opportunities to talk to your lecturers as well.

David Tan, Malaysia

Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws

I chose to come to the University of Tasmania for a quality, but reasonably priced education.

The Faculty of Law has a very good reputation, with lecturers who are quite prominent in their fields, and UTAS's fees are amongst the most affordable in Australia.

My sister also completed her Bachelor of Pharmacy in Hobart, so I knew all about it before I came here.

I completed my Year 12 in Adelaide, but I did the rest of my schooling in Malaysia. I am originally from the island of Penang, so I have come from one island famous for its food to another.

My arts degree, with a major in philosophy, has given my studies a nice balance. Law can be quite focussed and competitive, whereas Arts has given me a completely different outlet.

Although my studies have kept me busy, I have had the opportunity to take part in a variety of student services offered by the University of Tasmania.

I was a mentor in UTAS' Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS). The sessions are designed to maximise students' understanding of a subject, in a relaxed environment. It was more of a facilitation role than a teaching role and quite an enjoyable way to learn.

I am also currently a tutor in the Law School's International Student Support Program (ISSP). The program aims to help international students on an academic and a social level. It is unique to the Law School and very satisfying to be a part of. I have led tutorials on contracts and international law. It can be great fun, especially if you get a good discussion going.

UTAS has a smaller student cohort, so not only do you get the chance to meet more people, you get more opportunities to talk to your lecturers as well.

I've left my options open for when I finish my degrees. While I am applying for a lot of jobs, I would ultimately like to do a PhD with a particular focus on legal philosophy. I am also interested in international law.

Tasmania is a lot quieter than where I have come from, but it has the best scenery that I have ever seen. It is a very friendly place and the people are happy to talk to you.

 My advice to other international students is to find a way to make new friends at the beginning.  There are plenty of societies and things to do on campus, so it shouldn't be too much of a problem. If you are willing, the opportunities are there.

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January 2014