Category Archives: Student Exchange

Are you ready for a Global Opportunity?

If China’s on your bucket list, then you’ll want to check out the first global opportunity of 2019 from our International Relationships Office (IRO).

Running from 13 – 20 July, the 4th International Summer School on Land-Sky-Ocean is organised by one of UC’s partner universities, China’s Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT).

This exciting one-week programme takes place in Weihai, one of the most beautiful and liveable cities in China, and allows students to experience the highlights of HIT’s expertise in ocean science and engineering, automotive engineering and aviation while receiving a platform to gain valuable insight into the fascinating culture and heritage in Shandong, China.

Five UC students represented UC for the 2018 HIT experience – read all about it, here>

So what are you waiting for? Applications are open NOW, complete your application form here>
But get in quick, as applications close Thursday 21 March 2019.

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Have you thought about doing your OE with UC?

Are you keen to experience a new culture? Do you want to travel without putting your studies on hold?

The UC Global Exchange programme gives you the unique opportunity to study for a semester or a year at one of UC’s partner universities worldwide as part of your UC degree.

With over 60 partner universities around the globe, you can choose to study in some amazing locations including Beijing, Singapore, Spain, France, United Kingdom, United States of America and many more.

With the UC Student Exchange Programme you can:

  • Pay tuition fees to UC, get an international experience
  • Travel and see new places
  • Study at some of the most prestigious universities for teaching and research around the world
  • Meet new people and develop life-long friendships around the world
  • Credit applied to your UC degree (subject to approvals from appropriate departments and Colleges)
  • Receive UC’s economy airfare offer (conditions apply)

Alex Holmes studied for a semester in Austria on exchange at WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) towards his Bachelor of Commerce. He is now a Master of Commerce student.

“Academically my exchange gave me a different perspective through not only my courses, but also through the different perspectives and knowledge that my friends had; I saw it as a really great opportunity to go and experience other cultures while still at UC. There are so many cool places to see and so many things to do so make sure you give it a go!”

Find out more at the UC Student Exchange Fair:

  • When: Thursday 14 March,11.00am – 2:30pm
  • Where: Undercroft

You’ll have the chance to chat with both students from partner universities/countries and UC students who’ve had an exchange experience, who can share their once in a lifetime experience with you.

You’ll also have the chance to find out more about other OE opportunities, like our study tours to China (MGMT228), South America (ECON228) and the Peking University Summer Programme.

UC Student Exchange Information Seminars
Weekly seminars will be held throughout Semester 1 and Semester 2 2019. Please check our UC Student Exchange webpage for up-to-date times and venues.

Anna, Percy, Rebekah and Lyssa
International Mobility Team
International Relationships Office
University of Canterbury

Thailand Internship Programme was beyond expectations for Laura Sahng

My 2019 began with 6 incredible weeks on the Thailand Internship Programme coordinated by UC PACE which offers a unique learning experience by immersing students in a new culture.

Along with 13 other UC students, our weekdays were spent interning in Bangkok and staying at Mahidol University, while our weekends were filled with adventures across rural Thailand and Vietnam!

For my internship, I was placed at a company called HUBBA which provides co-working spaces to tech startups, digital nomads and other small businesses. They have a diverse customer base, who I would interview and collect data from in order to inform improvements to HUBBA’s services. It was such a special experience to learn and adapt to a foreign work culture.

This year we were fortunate enough to be funded by the Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia (PMSA), which aims to strengthen UC’s international partnership connections.

For us as students, being globally aware and open to new cultures is more important than ever before. The range of activities included really gave us a wonderful taste of Thailand. By the end of the programme, we had a greater understanding of Thai culture.

Elephants at Sai Yok National Park

The most memorable moments for me would have to include feeding the baby elephants at Sai Yok National Park, learning Thai boxing, eating all the street food and being welcomed with a traditional ceremony in the rural village that we stayed at. Wherever we went, we were welcomed so warmly, and any language or cultural barriers were overcome with the kindness of the Thai people.

We were also fortunate enough to visit the New Zealand Embassy in both Thailand and Vietnam where we had some fascinating discussions with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade staff, including the ambassadors of each country. 

As I reflect on our time in Thailand, there is really not a single thing that I could fault about this programme. It was beyond any of my expectations. When people say that something will be a “life changing experience”, I tend to be a little skeptical. I was proved wrong and I would recommend you to experience this for yourself.

A big ‘kob kun kah’ to Stephen and Hannah from the UC Centre for Global Experience, Chan & Mahidol University, and to the PMSA.

This will be one to remember forever.