Rebecca Betzinger


“The ELC offers great programs, organizes fun leisure activities, and the staff is always trying hard to take care of the students' needs. I had and still have a strong connection to my teachers. They gave me support and constructive feedback when I needed it. Additionally, the Study Centre was a good place for language practice. There I could ask for help with whatever matter was of concern, or simply enjoy interesting conversations with people from all over the world.”

What's it like living in Victoria?

Victorians are welcoming and friendly people, and it was nice to talk to them on the street. I made friends with so many people, Canadians and others, so I was always out clubbing, watching movies, camping, playing games, etc. I felt very at home in the pretty city.

Best advice for new students

Be organized! I always did my homework immediately after class. As every task was due a week after it had been assigned, I could take it to the Study Centre the next day to work on it together with the volunteers. This took a lot of pressure off me and gave me time to think, to learn, and—probably the most important—to be able to enjoy the Coffee Social and take off on Saturdays and Sundays. My grades were always good and I scored very high. With my tiny bit of organization, I did not feel like I was working too hard and felt very happy and free.

Favourite places

  • To meet friends on campus: Coffee Social
  • To study: ELC Study Centre
  • To relax: Downtown and the beach

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Rebecca Betzinger