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Student Story: Chuong’s Experience in VGC’s University Preparation Program

By Chuong Tran

Here at VGC we have helped thousands of students to reach their English language goals. Our students come from a variety of different countries and have diverse backgrounds. We are excited to share some of their stories on the VGC Blog.

Chuong Tran is a 23 years old student from Vietnam. He studied in VGC’s University Preparation Program from September 2017 to January 2018 and is now taking the VGC Pathway to Douglas College.


Hi, what’s going on guys?

I really appreciate if you happen to read this, hope you have had a great ride. Mine has been a little bit rough, long story short, I was struggling to find a school that has a transfer program to College or University with my main goal to support my personal profile while I was in Vancouver and also to enhance my English skills. Luckily enough I bumped into VGC International College while was walking on Hastings Street. I went in and met Matt, who was very helpful and then decided to apply to the school. And then history began.

My first course at VGC after my placement test was University Preparation Intermediate – level 6. My class was held by Jas Gill who is a relatable teacher that values the connection and communication between everyone in the class, both between teacher and student as well as student to student. She also allowed me to explore my curiosities as much as I could while I was in class, which gave me a lot of useful information. You will also always find people who have a different ethnicity and nationality than you and with the incredibly involving environment, you will learn a lot about each other. As for me, as someone who is quite curious and passionate about life and everything happening around the world, this was like a playground. In my next level, I was taught by Ryan, who is a native born and raised Canadian. With his spontaneous personality and immersive knowledge, he is willing to help student adventure more to various aspects of life. In class, there is no gap to feel burdened between you and others, just go with the flow and faster than you realize you are already in the club.

Compared to other fundamentally academic programs, VGC gives a very well-constructed system for your skills in English. As for my level 6 and 7, they helped me construct from basic to advanced in my writings which are an extremely required skill for my major in my College. Besides that, VGC International College also teaches IELTS and actually they have a course for learning IELTS only, but for me, it was enough to learn about IELTS with my course. I took an IELTS test here in Vancouver and had a major improvement since the first test I took back in my country. My overall score is now 6,5 which is not bad and it did help me get accepted into Douglas College. With the friendly environment, they also help you in your presentation, and you will get more confident in your speech after your experience in VGC.

VGC’s programs give you many intensive exercises for practice, rough tests to qualify your ability to understand the meaning of new words or articles, help you read faster and more professional… Of course, those are necessary works that are needed for you to improve in English, but that does not mean it will always be work and discussion only in class. You will have break time between sections and watch many productive videos, information or simply just chat with each other. The school has developed facilities and devices that support you guys along your study, microwave for your meals, elevators, air conditioners, computers… all are important and well reserved. Also, they give you free Wi-Fi too, wonderful right? Joke aside, VGC International College is actually a school that is worth to study and spends time in. All thanks and appreciation to VGC, without them I would be in deep trouble and might not even be in Canada right now.

Chuong Ngoc Trong Tran