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Student Story: My Study Abroad Story

I’ve been studying Engineering in Wellington in New Zealand for a year now and I’ve loved every part. I arrived in New Zealand and everyone was really friendly, the induction week made me many friends and I enjoyed the activities that were available. My friends at University are from around the world and I have met friends from New Zealand too who always help me with any problems I have. We went to Te Papa museum which was really interesting to learn about New Zealand and the history.

Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand and has some really nice bars and things to see. Outside of lectures, me and my friends like to travel round the city exploring different areas. We have been to the top of the botanical gardens on the cable car and sat and watched the crazy water fountain, but last break we wanted to do something more adventurous. We looked on the map and saw Nelson wasn’t too far and that we could travel on the ferry quite cheaply as we are all students, so we booked our tickets and travelled to Nelson for five days.

We arrived, and it was raining, but I still loved it. The weather was very similar to my home in Denmark, but it got sunnier. We were staying in a small hostel, which even gave out free cake every evening! We spent a night in the hostel before heading out to the Abel Tasman National Park, where we planned to do one of New Zealand’s ‘Great Walks’. The walk took us 4 days, travelling along the coast of the national park. The wildlife was incredible, and the animals just didn’t seem to be phased by humans; a small mouse came up to my feet and posed for a couple of photos before lying in the sun. It was a really fun experience and I met more people along the way that are now good friends of mine. It was a very different experience to being at home in Copenhagen.

Studying Abroad in New Zealand has been a really great experience. All of the staff at university are very helpful and I love all my new friends. I think studying abroad is great and I would recommend studying in New Zealand to all my friends.

This story was submitted on Facebook by Jakob.

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