2018 Semester 1 (Current)
Tec de Monterrey – Mexico
¡Hola! I’m Lauren and in early January I will begin my third year of a Bachelor of Commerce at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Guadalajara, Mexico! I have always wanted to go on an exchange and Mexico is the perfect destination to challenge myself and spice things up. Guadalajara is known for mariachi music and tequila, and I am so excited to experience the exotic and colourful culture. Looking forward to sharing my adventures with you!
National University of Singapore – Singapore
Hey guys!! I’m John and I’m a second year BCom student majoring in Accounting and Finance (yay. numbers.) I chose Singapore as my exchange destination because it is what I feel as the central business hub of Asia and having experience in Singapore would be great for me. Also, taking a one semester exchange would be like a treat for me to take some pressure off (e.g. GPA) and enjoy my life. Tbh, I’m half excited and half afraid to experience a different lifestyle in a country where everyone would be strangers. Still, I look forward to making new friends there so I hopefully don’t end up crying in my dorm all day 🙂 I aim to make the most of my experience at Singapore and I’m looking forward to share with all of you what it’s like to live in the city/country.
University of Southampton – England, UK
Hi there! My name is Atharva and I’m a first year doing a BSc Double Major in Biological and Anthropological Sciences. For my second year, I will be studying at the University of Southampton in the UK for both Semester 1 and 2 of 2018. Southampton is a small city (a bit smaller than Auckland) and sits along the English Channel coast. The city has a rich maritime past with vessels such as the Titanic setting sail from its port. In my year at Southampton, I hope to explore its history, sights and the local food. So, I heartily invite you to watch me trip and stumble through my adventures and then recover smoothly (its all about the recovery), as I write a pretty casual and totally relatable blog, recounting the haps (and the odd mishap) of my year abroad.
Yonsei University – Korea
Hi! My name is Lucy and I am a third year student studying a Law and Commerce Conjoint degree! I decided to grab the opportunity to go on an exchange to Yonsei, Korea next semester! I am Korean born and New Zealand raised. So I really look forward for this opportunity to revisit Korea and experience the diverse culture that I am only vaguely familiar with. I plan to take advantage of a lot of travel opportunities during my stay in Korea. Although Yonsei is located in the central area of Seoul, I want to travel to a lot of rural and historically significant places where the deep roots of Korean history originates. I can’t wait to share many exciting stories that I hope will spark your interest in not only Korea but also the idea of studying and travelling abroad!
University of Glasgow – Scotland, UK
Heya! I’m Cathy and I’ll be spending semester 1 of my 4th year at the University of Glasgow in Scotland! I’m studying a Bachelor of Health Sciences/ Bachelor of Science conjoint, and while all my friends are graduating, I thought this would be the perfect time during my degree to jet off to the other side of the world. My interests include hiking, rosé and board games involving trivia. Watch this space for all my travel adventures, antics and possible Loch Ness Monster sightings.
Trinity College Dublin – Ireland
Hello, hello – I’m Tate! I’m a second year BA/LLB conjoint student majoring in English and European Studies – and I’ll be embracing the Arts side of things at Trinity College Dublin this semester. I’ve visited Ireland before and am so glad to be calling it my home for five months, so stay tuned for all the craic, unparalleled scenery, and insight into central Dublin life!
University of Chile – Chile
!Hola todos y todas! My name is Caitlin and I’m off to spend 6 months living in Latin America, in the vibrant city of Santiago, Chile! I am halfway through a BMus/BA degree, majoring in Classical Performance and Psychology, and I thought what better way to prolong entering the world of real adult jobs than to spend half a year exploring the rich culture of South America. I am super excited to share with you all my experiences of seeing new places, meeting new people and (hopefully) learning some Spanish while I’m there!
2017 Semester 2
Jean Moulin University – France
Salut everyone, I’m Harriet! I am in my third and (hopefully) final year of a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in French and FTVMS, and am heading off to spend my last semester at Jean Moulin University in Lyon, France. I have always been passionate about (read: obsessed with) French culture and language, so finally having the chance to live there is an absolute dream come true for me. Lyon, from what I can tell from my avid google searches, is a stunning city on the banks of two rivers, and is often labelled the capital of gastronomy, so I can tell I’m in for a treat! I can’t wait to share my experience in Lyon and adventures elsewhere with all of you!
Fukuoka Women’s University – Japan
Hiya I’m Rena! I am currently a second year majoring in English and Film, Television and Media Studies as well as taking a Diploma of Language programme in Japanese. This September, I will be studying at Fukuoka Women’s University and staying at the International Friendship House Nadeshiko. I am so excited to explore this city’s rich culture and I can’t wait to share my experiences with you all!
McGill University – Canada
Hey everyone! My name is Shirley and I am so incredibly excited to share my exchange and travel memories with you to hopefully inspire those who want an experience like this. As a third year BE Honours student doing Civil and Environmental Engineering, writing and photography is completely different to my academic skills but has always given me the motivation to capture any amazing moment which comes by. It gives me a creative outlet to share those stories not just with others, but for me to later look back and reminisce to. If you’re interested in more, take a look on my personal blog (http://pageparisienne.blogspot.co.nz/) and keep checking back here for more updates on my adventures at McGill University in Montreal, Canada for Fall 2017.
Seoul National University – Korea
Hey, I’m Marie. I’m currently in my third year of a conjoint Bachelor of Engineering/Commerce, and for Semester Two of this year I’m heading abroad to study at Seoul National University in South Korea! I love to travel, so join me on this next adventure as I experience this insane, 24 hour culture. I’m so excited to experience a semester abroad, and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you all!
University of Oviedo – Spain
Hi there! I am Bianca, I am in the middle of my second year of a conjoint Arts and Science degree. I am off to Northern Spain, home to Cider houses, fresh seafood and an incredible coastline. Follow me as I get to grips with a new country, culture and language!
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – USA
Hiya! My name is Matt, and I’m currently a third-year BA/BCom student at the University of Auckland. This semester, I will be heading off to the USA to study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am very excited to start this new chapter in my life as I will be finding out what it is like to experience a true American college lifestyle. I can’t wait to share my experiences with you guys and I hope you will enjoy every bit of my journey.
University College Dublin – Ireland
Hi, I’m Tim! Hailing from the mighty south in Dunedin I moved to Wellington for high school and then the University of Auckland to study a conjoint BA/BE in Civil Engineering and French. Being half way through my 5 year degree I thought there was no better time to run away to University College Dublin for the second half of 2017! My interests include playing in a Pipe Band, participating in Model United Nations, and getting lost off the beaten track. I hope to share with you some of my adventures across Ireland and Europe, and we might just find a pot of gold along the way!
Nanyang Technological University – Singapore
John is living the life of an exchange student in Singapore at Nanyang Technological University. John decided to go on an exchange because he strives to go on new adventures and face exciting challenges. That is also one of the reasons why he chose Singapore. It’s a fast-moving, multi-cultural and exciting island located at the warm equator. Usually, you will find him exploring new subjects, music, towns or mountains either by himself or with his friends. Knowing John, he likes to be in control of his finances. That is why he is studying Commerce, majoring in Accounting, Commercial Law and Taxation. If John could only have one tool for the rest of his life, it would be his camera. The camera is an extension of his eyes, enabling him to show others the exciting and wonderful moments that otherwise will be gone forever.
Queen’s University – Canada
Hey there, Lin here! I’m a fourth year BA/BCom conjoint undergraduate majoring in Psychology, Asian Studies, International Business and Management. I’ve been putting off going on exchange for so long and am finally going to Queens University in Canada. I’ll be doing mostly International Business papers whilst on an exchange. Join me as I satisfy my foodie cravings with Tim Hortons, poutine, ice wine and so much more! I’ll also be updating my personal IG: linsayshi (feel free to stalk) and feel free to let me know if there’s anything, in particular, you want to hear about!
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University of Virginia – USA
Hi everyone! I’m Daryn and I will be studying Economics abroad at the University of Virginia’s College of Arts and Sciences for the 2017 Fall Semester. I am in my fifth year of a Civil Engineering and Commerce conjoint degree. Join me as I explore the UVA grounds (America’s first and only college World Heritage Site) and the university town of Charlottesville, named the United States’ happiest city!
2017 Semester 1
The University of Edinburgh – England, UK
Hi! I’m Zofia. I’ve just finished my second year at the University of Auckland, studying a conjoint Bachelor of Commerce/Science degree. In the New Year, I’m heading across the world to Edinburgh, Scotland for my semester abroad. Join me as I learn to love tartan, haggis and whisky in the depths of a Scottish winter! Everyone I’ve spoken to who has been to Edinburgh fell in love instantly, so I’m excited to experience it myself and share that with you all.
Sophia University – Japan
Hi everyone! My name is Bryar and I’m on exchange in Japan from April 2017. I’ll be living in Tokyo for a full year, studying commerce at Sophia University and staying in Soshigaya International House – a university dorm. A little bit about me; I was born and grew up in Auckland but lived in Japan for a year during high school – that year really gave me my interest in culture and love of travelling. Since then I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Spain and South Africa and hope to see many more places yet. In my spare time you’ll probably find me reading, writing, gaming or chilling out with my earphones on. I’m really looking forward to the year ahead, the people I’ll meet, the places I’ll go and the new experiences I’ll discover, and I’m especially excited to share my adventures with all of you guys!
King’s College London – England, UK
Hi! I’m Courtney and I’m a fourth year BA/BCom student majoring in Marketing, Managment and Psychology. I’ll be heading over to King’s College London in England in January 2017 for a semester! Join me on my travels through London, the UK and Europe as I share my experiences with you all!
The University of Amsterdam – The Netherlands
Hoi! I’m Freya, a fourth year Law/Arts student, majoring in History and Politics. I’m going to be heading over to University of Amsterdam to study History. Follow me as I get stuck into campus life, navigate Dutch culture and cuisine, and visit all the amazing attractions that make Amsterdam famous (that’s right, the canals and galleries)!
The University of Amsterdam – The Netherlands
Hallo! I’m Olivier and I’m about to start my sixth and final year of University. I’m a law and engineering conjoint student and I’m off to the bright lights of Amsterdam on exchange in January 2017! I will be studying International Law at the University of Amsterdam and I simply can’t wait to get started! Check in with me as I travel across Northern Europe and learn to live in one of the most liberal countries in the world!
The University of Nottingham – England, UK
Hi everyone, I’m Elizabeth! After several years in Auckland, I’m off to start my fifth year of a law/arts degree at the University of Nottingham. I’ve wanted to visit England for as long as I can remember and am beyond excited that I get to live there for six months. Nottingham is home to Robin Hood, Wayne Manor from The Dark Knight Rises, and (if the university’s Instagram account I’ve been religiously stalking is anything to go by) an absolutely stunning university campus. I’m so excited to be sharing my experience eating and laughing my way through England with you (and maybe learning something about the English legal system while I’m at it)!
Hong Kong University – China
I have Chinese parents and was born right here in Auckland, but I went back to China when I was just several months old. I grew up in China until about third grade before I moved back to New Zealand, so my mother tongue is actually Chinese and English is my second language. The main reason for moving back was my parents felt that they wanted to give me a proper childhood with the added benefit of being able to learn English in a beautiful environment. I thank my parents very much for their decision, as I cannot imagine having a better childhood than growing up in this lovely country.
My hobbies include reading, playing computer games, travelling, skiing and playing my guitar as well as badminton. Films and music are also my thing, and I’m especially into Tarantino movies and old rock music at the moment. I would say I’m a pretty quiet, somewhat shy person that likes to keep to himself, so naturally activities such as reading and writing appeals to me profoundly. I’m hoping that this exchange can challenge me to be more social and open to new and unknown things, and make plenty of new friends along the way.
Lund University – Sweden
A nineteen year old girl who has definitely caught the travel bug. Studying my conjoint Marketing and Film Production degree in Lund, Sweden. I have a passion for filmmaking and photography so tune into this blog for regular GoPro travel videos and more! Bring on Europe 2017!