Study Abroad student from ZHAW School of Management and Law, Switzerland
She has always wanted to come to this part of the world, says Elisa Reinle who came to AUT as a Study Abroad student from Switzerland.
“I’ve always wanted to visit here because it’s so beautiful. When I was deciding where to spend a semester overseas, Australia and New Zealand were my top choices. I’m a soccer enthusiast and joined as a member of the AUT women’s team. I also enjoy hiking, surfing and other outdoor activities, and studying in New Zealand is the perfect opportunity to combine study with exploring the country on the weekends.”
After arriving in Auckland in July, Elisa has already made the most of her new surroundings.
“I’ve been to quite a few places around Auckland, including Piha beach, Rotorua, and Tiritiri Matangi Island and some of the other islands you can get to on the ferry from Auckland. But there are a lot more places I want to go to.”
A valuable experience
She believes her semester overseas will give her an edge for her career, says Elisa who is studying banking and finance at her home university.
“I think this experience will be a big plus for my future career and life. I enjoy being around so many people from different countries, and hearing them tell stories about their lives and culture. I find that very interesting.”
She already has a favourite paper.
“I really enjoy Te Ara Pou, the paper on Māori leadership. I’ve already started applying what we covered in this paper, and I think it will be very useful for my career later on. Our lecturer, Jason King, is very good at engaging students and bringing the subject to life.”
Far from home
There have been some challenges, Elisa admits.
“This is my first big journey, and it has been hard leaving my family and friends back home and going so far away. When I first arrived at AUT, I didn’t know anyone and didn’t know where to go and what to do. AUT’s Study Abroad team has been very helpful, and it’s been great to have a Facebook group for Study Abroad students, which makes it easy to meet and connect with other students.”
She has some excellent advice for other students considering studying at AUT for a semester.
“Stay at the Wellesley Student Apartments, AUT’s student accommodation close to the City Campus – it’s a good way to meet other students who are in the same situation as you. For example. I’m sharing an apartment with students from Norway and Sweden, which is also a great opportunity to practise my English.
“If you have any questions, contact the Study Abroad team. They’ve given me great advice on how to choose my papers for this semester and how to change papers. I’d also recommend opening a bank account in New Zealand, which makes it much easier to handle your finances. And most importantly, always be open-minded to other people and the local habits.”
Last updated: 29-Aug-2017 9.00am
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