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How UC made Rachel’s Parisian dream come true

Rachel Liao is excited to be embarking on the experience of a lifetime as she prepares to study at Science Po Paris, thanks to the UC Student Exchange Programme.

“I’m stoked to be living in France. Learning French has been a passion of mine since high school and my high school trip to France in 2015 really motivated me to keep going with the language. I have been itching to go back!” Rachel told us.

Sciences Po is an international research university, ranking among the finest institutions in the fields of humanities and social sciences.

And, as Rachel explains, “it’s also one of the top Political Science universities in the world.”

Which for a political science major like herself, is an incredible opportunity.

“From areas of study to ways of teaching, Science Po’s courses differ widely to what’s available at UC, and I’m particularly looking forward to a methodology workshop on Diplomacy and International Negotiations this semester.”

In addition to her studies, Rachel is eager to immerse herself in the French culture, spend time exploring another part of the world and taking her language skills to the next level.

Rachel sees her exchange as a great opportunity to both finish her undergrad degree, and get her OE experience. It also gives her the chance to diversify her degree by experiencing a global perspective on her studies.

And the free return airfares UC offers to eligible students didn’t hurt either.

“While I’ve always wanted to go to back to France, the UC Student Exchange programme made the decision much easier and the financial and institutional support I could receive as an exchange student was really appealing to me.”

Rachel will depart New Zealand in late August, ready to begin her two semester stint at Sciences Po in early September 2018. Keep an eye out for more on Rachel’s Parisian exchange experience during her student takeover of the ucnz Instagram account, later this year.

If you’ve been wanting to see more of the world then the UC Student Exchange programme, with over 60 partner universities worldwide, could be just what you’re looking for.

To find out how you can apply for Semester Two 2019, follow this link>

UC doctoral student wins Kate Sheppard Memorial award

Congratulations to Ngāi Tahu Research Centre doctoral student, Kelly Tikao, who has won the Kate Sheppard Memorial Trust award for 2018.

Kelly will be presented with her award in September at a celebration dinner honouring 125 years of the Kate Sheppard Suffrage movement in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Crusaders triumph shared with SPCO students

Congratulations to the UC Sport Coaching students and graduates who were this year involved with the Crusaders across their Performance Analysis and Strength & Conditioning areas.

These guys have taken advantage of the opportunity to intern with a successful franchise, and are primed to continue succeeding in the future.

Pictured with the Super Rugby Trophy are (L-R) Vaea Peterson (SPCO – PA, Year 3 Student 2018), Oliver O’Connell (SPCO – PA, Graduate 2017), Hamish Dewar (SPCO – PA / S&C, Graduate 2017) and Arran Hodge (SPCO – PA, Graduate 2016).

2016 Graduate Arran Hodge has been also been the performance analyst of the Canterbury Tactix and the Black Ferns, and will be aiding the latter in the test series against Australia later this month.

2017 Graduate Oliver O’Connell’s next adventure will take him to the United States for his Graduate Assistant position as performance analyst/video coordinator with The Ohio State Men’s College basketball team.