The Saudis are Back!

You know that you are doing something right when people refer their friends – and how much more when a Saudi student brings his brother back all the way from Saudi Arabia to study at the same college and share their friends (here Mansuar and a friend from Korea).


Welcome back Koochi (pictured in the middle with 2 friends) and welcome Saif –  we will support you to achieve your study goals at Canterbury College.

The smiles say it all!

Over the last two weeks, quite a few Saudi students have returned to study at Canterbury College, after taking a break overseas or elsewhere in NZ over the last 3 months.

Now things have somewhat settled (insha Allah!) the international students’ focus is turning again to their study. In the final analysis, the three-fold recipe of a good college, good teachers and good friends means stickability to achieve their study goals.

At the college, we always value the expressive ability, humour and persuasive negotiation skills of our Saudi students, and we are happy that so many have won scholarships from the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission to learn English and then attend University in New Zealand.

Koochi (Abdulrahman) earned our thanks and admiration in the minutes after the February quake when he forced open the lift doors at our Worcester Street building to help a students from our own and neighbouring colleges to escape. Like many Canterbury College students, Koochi has also had a very brief appearance in the April 2011 Study Christchurch video published on Youtube! Go Koochi!!

Do you know:

insha Allah (إن شاء الله) is an Arabic term. It expresses hope for an event to occur in the future. The phrase translates into English as “God willing” or “If is God’s will”.

In Arabic speaking countries the term is used by members of all religions. See the words in Arabic script below:

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