Kevin's Story

Introducing Kevin

Tell us a little bit about where you’re from and what you’ve been up to?

I'm originally from Indonesia and I’m living in Wellington now. I started off at UCIC in the UTP Science programme, then completed my Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 2022. I now work as an Analyst Developer at FNZ where I focus on maintaining and developing features for a wealth management platform that is used by some of the most prestigious financial institutions in New Zealand and around the world.

So tell me about your time at UCIC?

It was truly exceptional. The lecturers were amazing, not just academically but also in forming meaningful connections. Plus, with small classes, I felt like I was part of a tight-knit community, which helped keep my GPA high across all subjects. Plus, I got invaluable insights into Kiwi life!

What drew you to New Zealand, Christchurch, and UCIC?

Well, there were a couple of factors. Firstly, starting at UCIC made sense financially for me, compared to diving straight into uni. And secondly, the smaller class sizes were a big factor in making my decision. With English not my first language, I thought smaller classes would mean a more engaged start to my studies.

Can you share your experience transitioning to UC and UCIC?

If I had jumped straight into UC, it would've been a much bigger adjustment. There's so much to take in, from the language barrier to a heavier course load but with the smaller classes at UCIC, it allowed me to ask more questions and better understand the materials. So, when I moved into second and third year, I could focus on developing my technical skills directly related to my major.

That's great to hear! Did you face any challenges along the way?

Initially, the language was a big challenge for me. I hung out with Indonesian students when I first arrived, but as time went on and we got busy with our studies, I start to make friends with people from all over the world which was cool. UCIC is really inclusive, and I found New Zealand welcoming too.

It's awesome to hear how inclusive the community is! What about living arrangements?

I started off in a homestay for the first three months, which was a fantastic experience. My host family were lovely. But then I moved into a flat with some mates, which was a whole different (and fun) vibe.

And what about life outside of study?

Christchurch is ideal if you are looking for balance. It’s a really calm place which is great for focusing on your studies but at the same time, if you want to get out of the city or do something a bit more energetic, you're so close to amazing places like the Rakaia Gorge or Sumner for a bit of surfing. It's like having the best of both worlds.

And what about campus life?

Well, I realized early on that learning isn't just confined to the lecture theatre. So, I got involved in different clubs and activities where I also took on executive and leadership roles, to brush up on my professional skills. It's all about pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone and having an open mindset.

And what advice would you give to someone thinking of coming to UCIC?

Just enjoy the ride. It's going to have its ups and downs, but it's all part of the journey. Don't overthink it; New Zealand welcomes you with open arms, and there's a whole support system here to help you along the way. So, work hard, but don't forget to have fun!

UCIC Programmes

Foundation Studies Certificate

University Transfer Programme: Commerce

University Transfer Programme: Science

University Transfer Programme: Engineering