3rd-year student, Bachelor of Business in Accounting & Marketing, Advertising, Retailing and Sales
Deciding to study at AUT as an international student was easy, says Man Gong who came to AUT from China to study business and dreams of becoming an accountant.
“AUT is one of the best universities in New Zealand, and I feel inspired by its open and active atmosphere.
“What I like about studying in Auckland is that it’s a very international city and you can meet interesting people from different backgrounds. Equality, respect and trust are important values that are followed here.”
Supported to thrive
She feels that her Bachelor of Business is giving her a strong foundation to pursue a good career in the future, Man says.
“I would definitely recommend AUT’s business degree. If you want to create your own business or have a career related to business in the future, AUT is a good choice as you obtain both fundamental knowledge and practical skills.”
Studying in a new country and in a different language has had its challenges, she admits.
“As an international student, I couldn’t avoid language problems, especially since I’m studying at a higher level which requires more writing and reading skills.
“Fortunately, AUT has given me continuous support for this. For example, I often used Studiosity – a free, online after-hours study service – to help check my assignments. I also appreciated the peer mentoring service for face-to-face help with my studies.”
A European adventure
The opportunity to go on a student exchange and spend a semester in Europe has been one of the highlights of Man’s studies.
“I went to the School of Business and Social Sciences at Aarhus University in Denmark for a semester. I really learned a lot and had a lot of fun during my student exchange.”
As well as enjoying the new learning environment, Man also managed to make the most of her time in Europe.
“During my student exchange, I travelled to many countries in Europe. Experiencing a new culture and a new lifestyle is attractive. There were of course some small challenges, but I learned a lot during the process.”