Student exchange student from VIA University College, Aarhus, Denmark
He decided to go on a student exchange to see the world, says Christoffer Viby who came to AUT as an exchange student from VIA University College in Aarhus, Denmark.
“I decided to study in New Zealand because I've always wanted to visit the country and its beautiful nature. And very unoriginally I’m a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings, so the student exchange was also a great chance to see some of the locations where the movies were filmed.”
Christoffer managed to make the most of his time in New Zealand and visited a number of places while he was on student exchange.
“What I enjoyed most was being close to the wonderful nature. It's always easy to go on an awesome hike in New Zealand. My favourite place of all was the Mavora Lakes region on the South Island – this was one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to.”
An excellent learning environment
He was attracted to AUT’s creative technologies programme, says Christoffer who is studying multiplatform, storytelling and production at his home university in Denmark.
“I liked that AUT’s creative technologies programmes offered some courses that weren’t available at my home university, like game and play design.”
Christoffer would highly recommend the creative technologies programmes to other students.
“The creative technologies programme provides a good learning environment with a learning-by-doing approach. I would definitely recommend taking a closer look at the creative technologies programmes, if it fits with your studies of course.”
Advice for other exchange students
Now back in his native Denmark, Christoffer has some great advice for other students considering coming to AUT on a student exchange.
“My advice would be to pack sufficient clothing, because the weather is not always what you might expect. When we Europeans travel south, we always think it gets warmer, but New Zealand can actually get a little cold.
“I would also suggest finding a place to live in the city or in the outer parts of the city, and not necessarily the student accommodation.”
AUT makes it easy for international students to find their way around Auckland, Christoffer says.
“I liked that the orientation period at AUT included some walking tours that were a good ‘first step’ to exploring Auckland.”