Evelyn : 하이 헬로 안녕!! Hi Hello Annyeong!!

Hello and welcome to an introduction to my first taste of life as an exchange student at Korea University (KU) in Seoul, South Korea. 

Flight time to South Korea averages around 12 hours so by the end of the flight I was most definitely feeling it. However, jet lag is non-existent compared to some others I’ve met. Just sleeping and waking up a little earlier. It momentarily fixed my sleep schedule (⁀ᗢ⁀).

It’s the end of summer, going into autumn and I’m not going to lie, as someone who much prefers cooler temperatures and has hardly ever experienced above high-mid 20s, some days just…I…(ㅠ_ㅠ). In all honesty, I feel like I have never sweated so much in my life before. TMI? Sorry not sorry. 

Across the two days of dorm move-in, KU provides a free shuttle bus that will take students from Incheon Airport to the dorms in Seoul. Both CJ International House and Anam International House are foreign students only, hence the ‘International’. Unlike in New Zealand, it’s normal for dorms to house double rooms instead of the singles common in UoA halls.

Orientation was about a week after my arrival and man, exchange students everywhere…probably because it was an exchange/visiting student orientation. Unfortunately, it was raining which meant the campus tour had to be skipped but it was a free lunch(〜^∇^ )〜. During orientation they covered the standard admin including guidelines and expectations of KU life, and also walked us through the process of applying for an ID card with a financial function i.e. can be used as a debit card attached to a Korean bank account. 

Each exchange/visiting student is pre-assigned a KUBA (Korea University Buddy Assistants) buddy and group who are essentially the ones designated to help internationals adjust and get through both the semester at KU and life in Korea in general.

It didn’t take much for me to get settled and used to the way of life here. But neither my East Asian cultural background nor the Western environment I was raised in could prepare me for the lack of public bins or the amount of trust people have to just leave bags, let alone valuables, unattended at tables in cafes (like..???).

Speaking of cafes, as expected, there’s so much food here, good food (^-^). My stomach is thriving, my wallet maybe not so much. BUT, as the conversion rate is so low at the moment, my wallet isn’t crying as much as it normally would be.

With my broken Korean, I manage to find my way around and communicate with most people just fine. Seoul is generally pretty well signposted in English and all the relatively more important aspects of Seoul life such as public transport are very easy to navigate. Locals will do their best to try to communicate with you and if all else fails, whether you be shopping, getting food or just trying to find your way around, body language is a universal language. 

That’s all for now! 안녕!

Oscar: First Impressions

Busy. That’s my first impression of Denmark.

The Copenhagen Airport was packed with people from various countries, speaking all sorts of languages. Even though I am accustomed to different languages, as I speak three languages myself and have lived in two different countries, I was still somewhat unsettled by the foreignness of it all.

My first stop was seven-eleven, a convenience store that sold SIM cards alongside many mouth-watering Danish pastries. After acquiring the SIM card, and calling my parents to let them know that I’m still alive, I exchanged some USD for DKK (Danish Krones) and made my way to the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). DTU has an extensive campus beautified by flowers and trees. Being on campus makes you feel strangely calm, as if you were in a surreal rainforest, which isn’t too far from the truth. To say it’s breathtaking would be an understatement.

The first two days were the most challenging. Unfamiliar with the landscape and the language, I struggled to find my way across town. I knew I had to get transportation organised as soon as possible so I spent the weekend (arrived on Friday afternoon) sorting out my Rejeskort (Danish equivalent of the HOP card) and visiting second-hand bike shops, eventually settling on a second-hand bike for less than $200 which is a bargain in my opinion.

On the first day of Introduction Week, we suffered through hours of welcoming speeches from the DTU executives and even worse, a grueling presentation from an Australian cultural expert named Trent. I still can’t decide what’s worse: long speeches or a cultural talk delivered by an Australian. (Just kidding, he was very charismatic)

Here’re some Danish facts that I found interesting:

  1. Divorce rate is 47%
  2. Tax rate is 36% -> 54% (I’m never complaining about NZ tax rates again)
  3. Population size is 5.8 million, but 1.6 million live alone.
  4. The legal drinking age is 16 years old (restricted to buying alcohol < 16.5%)
  5. A crate of 24 beers costs just under $20, which is what you pay for a box of 12 Asahis in NZ

Throughout Introduction Week, I met people from all across Europe, US, Latin America, and Australia. But I have yet to meet another Kiwi. Everyone was assigned a buddy group and this is the group of people I spent most of my time with. 18 people made up the group and between the 18 of us, there are 17 different languages (the only common language between everyone is English).

As I write this at the end of the week, I’m still amazed at how easily we all got along, despite the differences in appearance, language, and culture. This will forever stay with me and remind me of the beauty in uniqueness.

Esther: Arriving on the Other Side of The Ditch

Welcome one and all to Esther’s guide through one of the most livable cities in the world! You’re only stop for all things Unimelb. Today, we will be covering my arrival in this wonderful city and I’ll be sharing some of my experiences on the first few weeks.

I would like to first start off with a small analogy that my mother would often teach me during her many Chinglish (i.e. Chinese + English) lectures while I was growing up: “What’s below your nose?” Now if all of you answered pimples like me then DING! DING! DING! You would be wrong. She would reply, quite exasperated, with: “Your mouth!” 
To put it in plebeian terms, this was her way of telling me that no matter where I travelled to in the future, I should never be afraid to talk and communicate with others. It may sound pretty obvious at first but when you’re travelling, some of the most obvious things just might escape your mind.

So how does this relate to my arrival in Melbourne? Well, I’m glad you asked. I’m going to warn you now that this is going to be a long story, but I suppose that’s why you’re here, isn’t it? Then let us begin!

It started on a very chilly Thursday night in Melbourne, Victoria. After my unceremonious landing from a 4 hour flight over the Tasman Sea (or as I, and many other Kiwis like to call it, The Ditch), I found myself standing in my dorm room of my accommodation at Little Hall just a little under 30 minutes after I left the airport. My roommate was nowhere to be found, the temperature was 6 °C, it was nearly 12pm, and I had to wake up at 7am tomorrow morning for a compulsory welcome day for all study abroad and exchange students. The room was small yet quaint. A king single bed with a sleek office desk setup, a nice kitchen paired with a clean bathroom.

The next morning came sooner than expected and after a 5 minute walk onto campus, I was swept away immediately into the jam-packed orientation day that they had prepared for us. While waiting for the formal welcome to start, I struck up a terrific conversation with a fellow exchange student from Sweden who coincidentally had chosen UoA as his first option for exchange. It was quite the conversation starter that’s for sure. From there, we were invited to an all-too-familiar sausage sizzle with the classic bread and sausage with onions and coleslaw. Just smelling the sausages and onion in the air brought me all the way back across The Ditch to Aotearoa. It definitely helped me to realise that although I’m in a new country, I can still find intimacy in the little things. 

My roommate turned out to be an awesome girl who worked as a bartender.  She enjoyed my note and even wrote me a note of her own and we hit it off almost immediately. Being an interstate student (i.e. from another state), she had also gone through the phases that I was experiencing and helped me tremendously with exploring all that Melbourne has to offer. She even became my in-person dictionary for some of the regional slangs in Melbourne. Here are some of my favourites:

  • Woolies = Woolworths (basically Countdown)
  • Sanga = Sandwich
  • No wucka’s = No worries

Now, one of the most important pieces of advice that I could ever give to anyone who wants to study overseas is to get your classes sorted! I unfortunately had to spend my orientation week chasing after people to get my classes approved. I cannot stress enough how important it is to take everything into your own hands. Contact the course coordinator personally if you have to, which was something I had to do otherwise the semester was going to start without me being enrolled into the classes I needed.

Easing into the semester, the pressure of my classes started to take a toll on me and where there was once curiosity, homesickness replaced it completely. I’m still feeling the lingering effects of homesickness 3 weeks into the semester, but after pushing myself to go out and meet new people, I feel as though its hold on my mind has loosened significantly. I’ve made friends who are also exchange students and we make sure to check on each other, and I even go to the gym together with my roommate 6 days a week. I’ve successfully become an events officer for a uni society, and I’ve also taken part in a few psychology experiments for PhD students. I know for a fact that had I not done these things, my experience would have been quite different. 

I guess that my lesson for today is to always take the extra step to communicate with others, whether it’s for social purposes or just getting what you need done, especially if you’re travelling abroad. My mother’s analogies were always a 50/50 for me, and even though I took the liberty to expand simply ‘talking’ to ‘connecting’, I still never regretted any of these interactions that I started. Just try it! I guarantee you won’t regret it!

Till next time! 

Your friendly Unimelb guide 🙂

Sophia: Soochow Short Term Programme (December 2021)

I have capitalised on my summer holiday by participating in Soochow University international programme (SCUIP). Soochow University is an AACSB accredited School of Business founded in 1900, the first western-style university in Taiwan.

These three weeks of intensive virtual learning was taught in English with various courses to choose from, both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. It was delivered smoothly through a well-organised virtual learning platform (Microsoft team) and a supportive team of student advisors. Meanwhile, participants can communicate in the group chat. I have chosen to study a stage three International marketing course. It was a relatively small class with a combination of undergraduate and postgraduate students from all disciplines. The course consisted of interactive lectures, tutorials, readings and assignments (a mid-term test + ten-minute group presentation). During this course, I have experienced Taiwanese culture and education and established a global network with lecturers and students.

One of the challenges was the time zone differences. The virtual course was taught based in the Taiwan time zone, which was five hours behind NZ time. However, there’s a degree of flexibility as Soochow University offers three sessions (morning, afternoon and evening), varying on your chosen course. Another challenge was that I had to prepare for a group presentation within a few days. It was very intensive as I was constantly learning new things in daily lectures while applying them to my presentation within a short timeframe. Meanwhile, the time zone differences also fostered a communication barrier between my team members worldwide. However, I have overcome these challenges and achieved excellent performance. I have gained better insights into international marketing and global business operations by the end of the course. Moreover, I learned some basic Japanese cultures and vocabulary through the weekly Japanese culture workshop extra-curricular activity hosted by Kansai University, which is in partnership with Soochow University.

Overall, it was a fantastic experience and I would definitely recommend students participate in this virtual international programme. I have harvested a lot of knowledge and skill within these three weeks. It has opened up broader perspectives and opportunities which would be beneficial for future careers. Lastly, thanks to The University of Auckland for providing me with the funding to attend this programme.

Jolin: National Taiwan University AI Programme (November 2021)

Modern technology is undergoing rapid development, yet it remains unnoticeable for people who do not keep an eye on these updates. NTU AI virtual programme provided me with the opportunity to witness the growth of the new technology – artificial intelligence – which seemed to be impossible to achieve decades ago.

Before attending this program, I thought AI was far beyond my limit and I will never get to understand how AI is built. Therefore, it was astonishing when the professors went through the working logic and processes of AI in the lecture. I now know that AI exists in so many ways which people might not be aware of. This includes but is not limited to, Apple’s Face ID, the identification of real or fake images, the phone camera auto-corrections, and VR and AR applications. There are so many applications we use in our daily life, but we never notice their uses of AI.

I think the program is interesting yet challenging. As I have no pre-knowledge and experience dealing with AI, I have to learn a completely new topic with lots of jargon. It became a struggle to keep up with the lectures as I often forgot some key points from the previous lectures. Yet later I decided to create my own notes and communicate with other students in the program. It is very helpful and interesting to receive responses to my questions and hear everyone’s insight and concerns. From this, I learnt more about staying focused and learn how to note-take. The key is to be efficient and use a short amount of time to record down anything that is important or worth knowing. As a result, I improved my time management skill by organizing my study timetable to spend my time wisely. This skill can be used for anything at any time, but it is especially helpful for studying. It helps me to use my time more efficiently so I can get more things done in a short time span, and use my spare time for other things.

As this is my first time doing a summer programme at The University of Auckland, I appreciate the return I got from this programme. I think knowledge is priceless and this is definitely a worthy experience for a long summer holiday. It is good to use this time to learn something we might have no time or courage to approach before. However, it is important to know that this programme is only enjoyable if you put effort into it as technology is complicated. Although the lectures had already been modified to make it easier for people to understand, the knowledge which you should learn still takes a lot of time and effort to digest. My suggestion is to consider this if it is something you are actually interested in and you are willing to sacrifice some of your time to learn. By doing so, you will get the most out of this programme.

Finally, I want to thank all the staff and professors who are involved in this programme. Although the programme was done virtually, it was still conducted nicely, and everyone was friendly and easy to approach. It was a pleasure for me to meet new people, gain valuable experience and enrich my summer holiday by choosing the NTU AI virtual programme.

Shiprah: Toulouse Business School (January 2022)

Toulouse Business School Online Winter programme was an incredible opportunity to expand my international business knowledge and experience. I participated in the International Human Resource Management course to diversify my postgraduate business management study with a global component. An excellent online experience learning from experts and professional consultants based in France!

I enjoyed the interactive online lessons and practical content with students from multiple countries – Australia, Chile, Morocco, Indonesia and New Zealand! This mix of students and lecturers made the discussions and learning experience culturally rich. I loved learning about how each country’s natural culture influences business practices and how this must be a key consideration when exploring new international business opportunities. It was a two-week intensive course in Central European Time (CET) which consisted of interactive, live Zoom classes (Mon – Fri CET but Tues – Sat NZT) and four cultural / industry webinars with experts in the aviation & Occitane wine industry, work in France/ Europe and a virtual tour of Toulouse. This virtual tour was a creative way which felt like you were really immersed in the history, culture and environment of Toulouse (as close as it can be virtually).

The programme started with a virtual, informative and fun orientation via Zoom. The course staff were super helpful and responsive with easy to follow enrollment steps and learning management systems. The group project was one of my favourite aspects as I collaborated with students from Chile! It was an enriching experience as we shared about each other’s country, cultures, business practices, languages, education system, history and societal challenges. I even learnt some Spanish which was enlivening as a multilinguist. This demonstrates the amazing cross-cultural connections you can make. We also had a personal coaching session to consult about our presentation and report. The topics highlighted the significance of cross-cultural management, the importance of a global mindset and international socio-cultural awareness to be better positioned to comprehend and enact international business practices. A key learning was around HR Management practices in various nations, my group project was a great way to apply this in a practical way. The project focused on Italy, COVID-19, challenges with international business considerations and International HR recommendations for the scenario of an American aerospace company moving into the Italian business market. International collaboration, online presentation and case analysis skills relate to my current area of work and future goals of working in consulting or government.

One of the key challenges was around the timing. Classes were from 1-3AM NZT, expert webinars 11PM – 12AM NZT and group work sessions location dependant. Time zone differences with my team were tricky to navigate at first but once established worked well. It was difficult at times to stay awake/ wake up but the enthusiasm and genuine comradery with my lectures and classmates made it an enjoyable experience. It was worth the sacrifice of time and sleep for me as it was a fun challenge, exciting to be part of something new and was inspired to learn at a tertiary institute in France (albeit virtually) – a dream come true as a previous French major! This course is all taught in English so even if you haven’t learnt French before this will work well for you. I’d recommend having a reliable support system and plan in place for these two weeks to ensure you focus on your wellbeing while enjoying this virtual experience. Overall it was invigorating, fulfilling and intellectually stimulating course which I would highly recommend, not only to business students, as you can bring your own areas of expertise and see the connections international business has to almost any industry.

Madeline: Diversity Abroad Global Inclusive Leadership Certificate (June 2021)

I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to be apart of the 2021 cohort for the Diversity Abroad Global Inclusive Leadership virtual programme. The world around us as well as the people within it are constantly changing and the ways in which we can identify and express ourselves are evolving ever so rapidly. I decided to participate in this programme as I knew there was so much about the world that I was unaware of.

This course provides you with the opportunity to not only meet and become friends with fellow students from around the world, but it also teaches you how to best understand, utilise and embrace one’s differences. This course teaches you that there is no set and “correct” way of being a leader, but that everyone has the potential to become a leader. We are all given a different set of weaknesses that put us at certain disadvantages, but we are also all given a set of strengths that if utilised can take us to places we never thought possible.

Throughout the duration of this course, I was able to identify the leadership style which I have, my own weaknesses which I was able to improve and turn into strengths as well as always remembering to look at things from a different perspective. My personal journey throughout this course taught me that for one to be an effective leader, they must be able to take a step back and look at situations in someone else’s shoes. An effective leader should have the ability to display empathy and avoid personal bias within the workspace. An effective leader should be able to notice when there is an opportunity to push those around them to reach their full potential and when to allow individuals to take a step back and breathe. An effective leader tries their best to be fully aware of the culture and atmosphere set in the workplace and should always aim to find ways for improvement in all things.

Thanks to the valuable content I was able to learn through this course, I am confident that I am on my way to taking the necessary steps to ensuring that one day I am able to become an effective leader. For any future students who are considering this course, I highly recommend it. It is not overly time consuming where it puts your studies and current commitments at risk, but it is also not a course which does not provide enough engaging content and material. Diversity and inclusion of it in all aspects of life is the future. Diversity and inclusion is the only way to success.

Fiza: Diversity Abroad Global Inclusive Leadership Certificate – The 360  International Blog

Carter Huang – My UNNC Experience (English version)

In April 2021, shortly after I entered the second semester of my freshman year, I had been taking online courses in Jiangyin campus of Nanjing University of technology (NJUST) for nearly a year. The life there was also very good and the students were very familiar with each other. By chance, I found an opportunity to do an exchange offline in my home country on the 360 International website. Without any hesitation, I chose to apply for an exchange study at University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC). This choice may change my later life.

I also applied for PwC internship after this semester, and got an offer, with an internship period from June to August 2021. As Auckland is in winter at this time, the holiday is only one month. I must get the exchange opportunity to achieve both these two things. To this end, I also spent a lot of time on the selection and approval of these exchange courses. When everything was completed, I also had a great sense of achievement in my heart.

Mooncake from the school

When the time came to the beginning of September, finally I can enter the campus of UNNC. Everything here is very fresh to me. There are helpful volunteers, spacious and comfortable rooms and a clean and tidy campus. The most important thing is the enthusiastic people around here. We don’t have classes in the first week of school. The first week here is called i-week (introduction-week) in UNNC, two junior students will take us to register and be familiar with the campus. They will also take us to eat, drink and have fun around the school, which makes us very familiar with the life here. At the end of i-week, there will be a special Gala Show for freshmen, which you can regard as the show of many clubs and community.

As the first week goes by, we should focus on our studies. I found that my living habits have become better here. Because the lecture of online class from UoA is recorded, I can watch it at any time. But in UNNC, I have two classes at 9 a.m., which means I have to get up at 8 o’clock, which makes my daily work and rest more regular. We can have more participation in offline classes, and we also have more opportunities to talk face to face with professors. We will also be divided into different groups to complete the tasks, and there will be the same tutorial or office time as the UoA to help students solve their learning problems. However, it should be noted that the score ratio of courses here is different from that of UoA. In most courses, the final score will account for 70% – 80%, while the usual score is not very prominent.

IWeek walking around the campus

In addition to learning, the campus life here are also can’t be missed. The Global Engagement Office organizes various activities for international students to help them better integrate into or learn local culture, such as going to the cinema to watch movies, going to downtown to learn traditional culture, etc. Club activities are also one of the highlights here. There are variety of clubs and organizations for students join freely. For example, I joined SCDA (Student Career Development Association), in which I acted as a consultant. Through my previous experience and my international vision, I can help young people who are studying here find their own career development direction. On Monday and Thursday nights, I also signed up for the zero to hero 5km challenge, that can help ourselves achieve the goal of 5km running through continuous training. There are many similar activities, which are voluntarily organized by teachers. Among these activities, what interests me most is the  enterprise school recruitment activities. Every year, various large and medium-sized enterprises come to UNNC to carry out recruitment publicity, such as PwC, Byte-Dance, Ctrip, etc., which will be of great opportunity to students of all grades and enable them to understand and prepare for their career life in the near future.

Being able to do an exchange in my home country is an experience I have never thought of, it’s might be a choice of fate. This is also one of the few universities in China that can experience full English teaching, which is very helpful for students studying abroad. At UNNC, I met students from all over the world. Some of them are Chinese exchange students from other universities like me, such as the University of Melbourne and the University of Connecticut. There are also international students from other countries, such as Korea, Tajikistan, Burundi and so on. I like such a diversified and inclusive environment very much. Most importantly, you don’t have to worry about no Chinese food here! There is no curfew in this school. You can come in and out of the university campus freely for 24 hours. When you are hungry, go out for a barbecue or Hotpot. Go out for a driving tour with friends on holidays. In UNNC, you are the main character!

For my future career development, I still aspire to be an entrepreneur or business man. However, in this process, I will choose to work in different industries to help me better understand this society. At present, while studying, I also work as an intern in an international consulting company, so my daily life is very full. In the future, I also plan to take the conjoint-program of BCom/BArts, because I have always had a goal in my heart, which is to do something that can change the current social situation, such as helping the Chinese government improve the popularization rate of higher education, so that more children from poor areas or rural areas can contact the outside world and learn more skills. Therefore, I need to do more research and make more contacts to help me practice my goals. In UNNC, there are several special career planning teachers to help us plan for our future career. There are also some students with the same goals as me. This is one of the reasons why I think UNNC is very suitable for me.

In the future, if there are any students from UoA who want to do an exchange in China. I will recommend you take UNNC as a host university. It is not only the culture and philosophy here, but also the open and inclusive attitude towards all people here. Each student will have a personal tutor from the same school. They will provide you with solutions to difficulties in life or study. Although there are still many things not mentioned, if you come here, you will not regret it.

At present, there are five students from UoA studying here. I hope that more our students will choose to come to UNNC to start a brand-new journey and a different life experience.

~ Carter

With other UNNC students

Carter Huang – My UNNC Experience (Mandarin version)

在2021年的4月份,也就是我刚刚进入大一的第二个学期不久,当时的我在南京理工大学江阴校区已经上了快一年的网课,虽然那里的生活也很不错,同学之间非常熟悉,但是线上课程对我而言还是缺少了很多的机会,。没有任何的犹豫,我选择了申请去往宁波诺丁汉大学交换学习,这样一个机遇也许改变了我之后的人生。

由于今年的暑假,我还同时申请了普华永道的实习并拿到了offer。实习期限是2021年6月到8月,由于奥克兰这时候是处于冬季,假期非常短,只有一个月。所以我一定要拿到交换的名额才能够实现我两全齐美的想法。为此,我也花费了很多时间在课程的选择及审批上,当所有事情完成后,我的心里也有了很大的成就感。

时间来到9月初,我也如愿以偿步入UNNC的校园。这里的一切对我而言都十分新鲜,乐于助人的志愿者,宽敞且舒适的房间,干净整洁的校园。最重要的,还是那人间烟火气。在入学的第一周,我们不会上课,这一周在UNNC叫做i-week(新生入学周),会由本校的两名学生带着我们办理注册登记并了解校园,他们也会带着我们去学校周边吃喝玩乐,这让我们非常迅速地熟悉了这里的生活。在i-week的末尾,还会有一场专门开放给新生的演出,你可以将其视为很多个社团的表演秀。

随着第一周的过去,我们也要开始将心态调整到学习的方向上。在这里,我发现我的生活习惯变得更好了。因为之前上网课的讲座都是录像的,我可以在任意时间观看。而在UNNC,我有两门课的讲座是在早上九点,这意味着我八点钟就要起床,这让我每天的作息变得更加规律了。此外,在线下上课,我们能更加有参与感,我们也有更多的机会和教授面对面交谈。在这里,我们也会分成不同的小组来完成任务,也会有和奥克兰大学一样的tutorial或office time来帮助学生也解决学习上的问题。不过需要注意的是,这里课程的分数比例和奥克兰大学不太一样。大多数课程,Final的分数会占到70%-80%,而平时成绩则显得不太突出。

除了学习,这里的校园生活也是不可错过的。Global Engagement Office会为国际生组织多样的活动来帮助大家更好的融入或学习当地文化,例如去电影院观影,去宁波市区学习传统文化等。社团活动也是这里的一大亮点之一,各种各样的社团和组织令人挑花了眼,学生可以自由选择。例如我加入的SCDA(学生职业发展协会),我在其中担任着类似于顾问的角色,通过我之前所学习到的经验以及我所具有的国际化视野来帮助在这里的学习的年轻人更好地找到自己的职业发展方向。在每周一和周四的晚上,我还报名了Zero to hero 5km challenge活动,我们会通过不断地跑步训练,来帮助自己达到5km跑步的目标。这样类似的活动还有很多,都是由老师自愿组织的。在这些活动里,让我最有兴趣的还是企业校招活动。每年各种各样的大中型企业都会来到UNNC开展招聘宣讲,例如普华永道,字节跳动,携程等等,这对各年级的同学都会有很大的帮助,能够让他们尽早的了解职场生活并为之做出准备。

能够在自己的祖国交换,本身就是一种我从来没有想过的体验,这也就是命运的选择。这也是在中国,为数不多能体验到全英文教学的大学,这对在海外学习的学生非常有帮助。在UNNC,我结识了来自世界各地的同学。他们有的是和我一样来自其他大学的中国交换生,例如墨尔本大学,康涅狄格大学。也有来自其他国家的国际学生,韩国,塔吉克斯坦,布隆迪等等。这样一种多元化且包容的环境是我非常喜欢的。最重要的是,你不用担心在这里吃不到中国的美食!这所学校没有宵禁,24小时你可以自由出入大学校园。深夜学习饿了的时候去外面吃一顿烧烤或者海底捞,节假日与朋友一同出门自驾游,在这里你可以主导自己的生活。

对于未来的职业发展,我仍然是向往成为一名企业家。然而在这个过程中,我会选择先在不同的行业中打拼来帮助更好的了解这个社会。目前我在学习的同时也在一家国际咨询公司担任实习生,所以我每天的生活非常充实,偶尔也会有些疲惫。未来我还打算就读双学位课程,因为在我心中一直有一个目标,就是做一些能够改变社会现状的事情,例如帮助中国政府提高高等教育的普及率,让更多来自贫困地区或乡村的孩子去接触外面的世界并学会更多的技能。因此,我需要做更多的调查并结识更广泛的人脉来帮助我实现我的目标。在UNNC,这里有专门的职业生涯规划老师来为我们答疑解惑,也有怀着同样目标的同学与我共同进步,这是我为什么觉得UNNC是非常适合我的原因之一。

在未来,如果有奥克兰大学的学生想要到中国来交换。我会第一个推荐UNNC作为交换学校。不仅是这所学校的文化和理念,更是因为这里对所有人开放包容的态度。每位学生都会拥有一位来自相同学院的个人导师,不管是生活还是学习上的困难,他们都会为你提供解决的途径或方案。虽然还有很多地方没有提到,但如果来到这里,大家一定不会后悔。

目前,我们奥克兰大学一共有五门学生在这里学习。希望日后会有更多的奥大学子选择来到UNNC开启一段不一样的旅程,收获不一样的人生。

John: Campus B Indigenous Rights & History in Brazil (June 2021)

My experience during the Campus B Indigenous Rights has been nothing short of amazing, I had some expectations on what to expect these expectations were based on my own experiences regarding indigenous rights here in New Zealand and what we had been taught through the New Zealand education system. I also had my own view on issues regarding Indigenous rights and the topic of Indigenous rights.

The Campus B Indigenous Rights program educated me on the issues and harsh realities that the indigenous people of Brazil face every day, the program included guest lecturers from Brazil who are both experts in their academic fields but also activists for the Brazilian Indigenous Rights movement. These lecturers and guest speakers were not your typical mundane lecturer, these were people passionate about the fight for Indigenous rights, these were people speaking to us mid protest, these were people who wanted to make a positive change.

All speakers and lecturers provided us with a full insight into the multiple fronts of the fight/movement for Indigenous Rights. This ranged from the preservation of Indigenous Art and Culture, Land, Indigenous Women, Indigenous Influencers, Politics, The Education System and many more. All speakers provided us with great insight into all topics and challenged my existing views on indigenous rights and corrected my assumption that the time of colonisation ended. This was very moving for me as I assumed that all countries had implemented a base level of legal rights and protections for Indigenous people that are equal to non-indigenous people. I was wrong, the speakers educated us on how Indigenous people in Brazil had limited Rights and little to no protections, this raised many concerns.

One of the best things about the Campus B Indigenous Rights program is that I was not alone, I was part of a larger group of students from both Brazil and New Zealand. Having people from all different backgrounds, opinions, assumptions and views made this program that much better because we all supported each other, We learned together, we worked together, and we laughed together. This program is an opportunity to see not just how we can improve Indigenous Rights in Brazil but also an opportunity to see how we can improve the world, working with all these amazing people both staff and students from both Brazil and New Zealand was an experience that I will cherish. Special thanks to Gabriela, Sara and Talita for being there for us every step of the way.

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