One of the universities with which our International Relations office liaises is the Australian Catholic University in Stratfield, near Sydney. Martin Harris, a third year Bachelor of Commerce student spent six months at ACU in the first semestr of 2012. See below for his comments.
Bongani Mchunu, a Bachelor of Commerce graduate, was awarded a scholarship to the Wenzao School of Languages to experience Chinese culture and language.
Nollen Jimu has commenced his Pre-Masters degree in Economics at Radboud University in Neijmegen, Netherlands.
Sheldon Rose-Reddiar, a third year Bachelor of Theology student, received a scholarship for Ludwigsburg University to focus on his interest in Church history. See his comments on this page.
At the April Graduation in 2012 our first incoming international student, Judith Schall from Germany, graduated with a BCom (cum laude).
We look forward to welcoming more international students to study with us in future.
Foreign students wishing to study at St augustine College, or St Augustine students wishing to study abroad should contact the International Office.
Mrs Beverly Holzinger
I am currently studying for the Bachelor of Theology Degree at St Augustine College. I have enjoyed my years at St Augustine during which I have learnt much on the road to becoming an academic. The standards of the college, as well as its structures and qualified lecturers that really went the extra mile, greatly contributed to me becoming one of the top scholars in the Faculty of Theology.
It was this academic success that earned me a scholarship at the Evangelische Hochschule University in Ludwigsburg Germany to attend lectures and also work on a research thesis in Church History. I have been in Germany since 9 April 2012 and will be returning at the beginning of August.
I have travelled around Germany to many places associated with events in Church History. I chose Germany since it used to be the Holy Roman Empire with many events taking place here from a historical point of view in the academic field of Church History, such as the Reformation of Martin Luther in 1517.
Apart from studying, I also work at a Catholic School, the Dominican Convent School in Belgravia, taking what I have learnt at St Augustine and putting it into practice by teaching Religious Education.
I hope to achieve my goals with integrity, through hard work and dedication. I hope to reach my goal of being an academic scholar, a well-distinguished theologian within the Catholic Church and to teach theology at a university. I finally hope to reach my ultimate goal of being a Catholic Priest in highly respected order of the Society of Jesus also known as the Jesuits.
Martin Gabriel Harris
I have recently returned from living and studying in Sydney, Australia as part of a study abroad programme facilitated by St Augustine College. I studied towards a Bachelor of Economics at ACU (Australian Catholic University). ACU is the fastest growing university in Australia. It has six campuses and is becoming a prominent commerce, law and science university in Australia.
I studied on two separate campuses in Sydney with a 35 minute train ride between them. The course is slightly different from what I was doing in South Africa, simply because the university is not able to offer the same range of courses in Sydney. My courses included: econometrics, economic policy analysis, business finance, accounting and politics.
Academically I was nervous going to Australia because of the possible risk of failure. An inferiority complex about whether the standard of work would be abnormally high compared to South Africa was my great fear. This was however soon quashed, and I believe the standard of St Augustine academics is possibly better than what is received in Australia, simply because of the individual attention received. The difference between the teachings, primarily in economics is that in Australia they are very Asia/Australasia-centric in their studies, whilst St Augustine has a more euro-centric focus. It was, however, harder for me to achieve there because it took me a long time to adjust to the conditions, environment and expectations of Sydney and the university.
Living in Sydney is like living on another planet compared to South Africa. Initially I lived in the suburbs outside of the city, but I relocated to an apartment near Darling Harbour (similar to the Cape Town Waterfront). Sydney, as it turns out, is the seventh most expensive city in the world, with London being number 15, to put things into perspective! The prices of accommodation are absolutely exorbitant and most students, including myself, resort to renting shared rooms. The apartment I stayed in had eight people sharing three bedrooms. Australian students, and especially ‘Sydney-siders’, all work either full or part time whilst at university. I worked two different jobs just so that I could afford to enjoy myself there.
The freedom I enjoyed there is unheard of in Johannesburg. I walked everywhere, caught trains and rode buses late at night. Most weekends you can take a walk through the city at 2am and the place is buzzing with activity. Most of the supermarkets only close at midnight and re-open at 5am. The city almost never sleeps! This freedom to explore provided me an awesome opportunity that I would not usually have in SA. I could take late night walks across the Harbour Bridge to get a drink with some mates, or have a party on Bondi beach till the next morning without any worry.
The experience in Australia has been eye-opening, it has allowed me to live as part of a first class city and it has shown me a direction that SA could strive towards. Academically I have broadened my knowledge base, studying issues that I would never have encountered in American/British textbooks. The exposure to material on Australia and far-east Asia has encouraged a desire to explore more outside of the western world, especially as the markets of Asia continue to grow with a hotbed of investment opportunities.