Why did you choose to study in New Zealand?
I wanted to go to an English-speaking country to improve my language skills. New Zealand drew me in with its unique flora and fauna. I love to be outside, hike and admire the landscape, so New Zealand provides these things for me. New Zealand has a different legal system to Germany, it’s known as the common law system, so my time here gives me the opportunity to extend my academic skills and study in a completely different context.
Why did you choose to study at the University of Waikato?
The University of Waikato has a good reputation. I spoke to friends who have done an exchange previously and they all recommended the University of Waikato because of its individual support for each student. Furthermore, the Law faculty has a lot of opportunities in international law, human rights and sustainability. These are areas which I’m really interested in.
What do you enjoy most about studying at the University of Waikato?
I love the atmosphere at the campus. Everyone is so nice and supportive. It was really easy to meet new people because of all the cultural and social events the university holds.
What places have you visited while here and which one is your favourite and why?
I’ve visited places like Hobbiton, Raglan, Hawke’s Bay, Waitomo, Auckland and other interesting places so far. I really enjoyed the trip with the University to Waitomo. The glow-worm caves were so cool. The Marokopa Falls were also so impressive. I’d never seen anything like this before.
Do you have any advice for students considering studying abroad in New Zealand?
Come to New Zealand! If you’re open and curious, you’ll experience the most beautiful time of your life.
What one thing have you found most different here than from home?
The people here are so friendly and relaxed. Wherever you go, even the supermarket, everyone is up for a quick talk. I really appreciate this. In Germany people are always busy and “efficient”.