By Tom Westcott.
London, 27 August 2013:
A Libyan student who came to the UK to study English astonished teachers by taking his . . .[restrict]language exams a month early and breaking the college record with his high results.
Anis Rtemi, an anatomy technician at Tripoli University, scored an overall mark of eight in the IELTS exam, with a nine for the listening component, which is a record among students at the City of Bath College.
“It’s a great success for him,” PR Officer for the college, Sirkka Huish, told the Libya Herald. “He did incredibly well overall and the score of nine is the highest grade we’ve ever had at the college.”
Rtemi, who is 30, had studied English for just six years at school in Libya and it had not been one of his favourite subjects. However, returning to language study this year, he was driven by the need to achieve a minimum IELTS score of 7.5 to be accepted onto a post-graduate course in England.
Rtemi said he was “absolutely thrilled” with the result, which means he can start a Masters degree in anatomy at the UK’s Bristol University in September.
The course will set him on his chosen path to eventually become an anatomy professor, and he hopes to do a PhD once he has finished his Masters. Both his English language study and Masters are being funded through a scholarship programme from the University of Tripoli.
Rtemi described the historic city of Bath as “beautiful” and said he was very pleased with his experience at the college.
“It’s the first time I have been overseas and it was a great experience for me,” Rtemi said, “everyone was very helpful and I made friends with people from all over the world.” [/restrict]