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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>

Opportunity for PhD student, Flanagan Lab – Biological Sciences

An opportunity is available for a PhD student to work on sexual selection and evolution in pipefish in the School of Biological Sciences. The PhD student will be fully funded for three years and will have the opportunity to conduct field, laboratory, and computational research.
 
The group studies how and why complex traits and behaviours evolve, with a focus on sexually selected traits. A number of different methods are used to address these broad questions: studies of relevant traits and selection on those traits; genomic studies of signatures of selection; and theoretical simulation studies. The immediate focus of the lab concerns uncovering the evolutionary processes that have shaped the sexually dimorphic traits in the wide-bodied pipefish, a native species to New Zealand. This PhD position offers the flexibility for the PhD student to decide on the direction of the doctoral studies within the framework of my research programme.
 
Sarah Flanagan, PhD, Lecturer School of Biological Sciences

Did you take a gap year?

A growing number of students are taking a gap year before starting university. Were you one of them?

  • What challenges did you face after taking a year out?
  • How did you get back into study mode?
  • How did taking a gap year help you succeed at uni?
  • What do you wish someone had told you before you started your gap year?

One tip we’ve heard is “don’t throw away your Year 13 study notes as they can be a useful refresher before starting uni.”

Do you have other tips, advice or experiences to share?

UC’s Liaison team is compiling a list of tips so we can share these with students starting uni in 2019 after a gap year or with those taking a gap year in 2019.

Please share your tips and advice by clicking ‘leave a comment’ under the heading of this blog or by emailing liaison@canterbury.ac.nz

If you submit your tip before 26 June 2018, you will go in the draw to win a $50 Westfield voucher.

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