Your AOUA donations fund grants for students on exchange at a US partner institution. One award to the value of US$1500 is available per institution, with up to 15 awards being made in any one year. Based on academic achievement and personal qualities, selection is made by a panel of university staff which includes the Manager of the Exchange Programme and the Head of Alumni Relations. To be considered for a student exchange programme, students must have completed at least one semester of fulltime study at Otago before applying, with a minimum B average grade.
Exchange Programme students undertake study at an international partner institution and credit the work they complete back to their Otago degree. The University has Exchange Agreements with 90 institutions around the world, and currently has agreements with the following universities in the USA: Boston College, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, University of California (all Colleges in the system), University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management, University of North Carolina – Kenan Flagler School of Business, University of North Carolina – MBA programme, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Oregon, University of Richmond, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Austin McComb’s School of Business, University of Virginia.
As the following reports and photos from US exchange students show, your donations are making a huge difference for Otago students. We’d love to hear from alumni who are interested in reaching out to Otago US Exchange students attending Colleges near them – contact an AOUA Board member to discuss your interest.
University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management | Fall Semester
With the help of the funding from the Otago Alumni, I was able to complete...
With the help of the funding from the Otago Alumni, I was able to complete a semester at the Carlson School of Management in Minnesota. Through this programme, I took two management classes and one marketing class to go towards by Bachelor of Commerce.
These papers were some of the best classes that I have completed throughout my degree. I thoroughly enjoyed the culture of classes, where students were encouraged to participate and gained extra marks for doing so. I also found the papers, particularly Marketing Strategy and Entrepreneurship, to be incredibly helpful in terms of moving forward with my studies and future career. I feel I learnt many skills specific to my degree, as well as important life lessons that will assist me in any job I may have.
Apart from academics, the exchange really broadened my views of the world. Through meeting many American students, as well as many international students from all around the world, I feel that I learnt so much about other cultures. However, the biggest surprise to me was how much more I appreciated New Zealand culture and our country while being overseas. The number of people who said they wished to visit New Zealand made me realise how special our country is.
Thank you so much to all members of the Alumni, whose generosity has allowed me to experience an incredible and unforgettable exchange in Minnesota. Your donations have given me life skills, knowledge, and some amazing memories.
Exchange to University of California (Berkeley) S2 2013 Summary | Third year BSc (Physics)
I stayed in one of the largest Berkeley Student Co-ops; Casa Zimbabwe (or CZ). Known...
I stayed in one of the largest Berkeley Student Co-ops; Casa Zimbabwe (or CZ). Known for its hippie culture and crazy parties, CZ’s walls are covered in strange murals, extensive bottle cap art, giving the whole place has a strange Alice in Wonderland/museum/opium den feeling. In such a density of clever people from all over America and the world, I learnt something new every day. I’ll dearly miss watching the sun set over the Golden Gate Bridge from the roof with my CZar family.
The physics department at Berkeley is legendary, and I got to hear about a lot of inspiring research from my professors. I didn’t find the work much different than back home, aside from the challenges that come from being in a class with far more students than mine at Otago. I even had time to take a course in Chess tactics on the side.
California is beautiful. I spent a few weekends camping on the coast, or checking out the beaches with my new friends. I’ll never forget the amazing people I met in Berkeley, and I’m endlessly thankful for the experience.
UC Berkeley | S2 2014
Attending Berkeley provided me the opportunity to engage in a world-class academic environment and unique...
Attending Berkeley provided me the opportunity to engage in a world-class academic environment and unique social culture. The physics school at Berkeley is of an extremely high calibre, and being surrounded by students who were the top in their field has pushed me to excel and inspired me to carry on with my studies to graduate level. While studying overseas I met people from backgrounds that were vastly different from my own and this, combined with Berkeley’s extremely liberal political culture has expanded my horizons and introduced me to new ways of thinking.
Many thanks to the donors of the alumni who donated money towards this scholarship, your donations helped me greatly in my travels.
Exchange to University of North Carolina | Semester 1 2014
My name is Keriana Ruru. In Semester 1, 2014 I went on an exchange to...
My name is Keriana Ruru. In Semester 1, 2014 I went on an exchange to the University of North Carolina (UNC) in the USA. I was lucky enough to receive one of the Alumni in America Scholarships. I was extremely grateful for this help in funding my exchange and so I want to say thank you to the Alumni for their generosity. I thoroughly enjoyed my exchange and the opportunities it presented to me to study in different environments and to see another part of the world. Academically, I found classes quite different in the USA compared to NZ with much smaller class sizes and different assessment styles. I took classes in Economics and Physical Geography whilst at UNC. As part of my Geography class in Hydrology I got the opportunity to go away on a field camp to the Nantahala National Forest and Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina.
I think I have benefited greatly from my experience on exchange and going overseas. It has helped to enhance my understanding of the world through getting to interact with a slightly different culture from our own in NZ and also through meeting other fellow exchange students who were at UNC and hearing stories from their home countries across the world. Travelling around the USA, my eyes were opened to extreme ends of the social scale as I saw a lot more poverty then I expected in parts of the country.
Academically, my exchange has helped me to look at the way I study and what I am studying from a different perspective. Personally, I was benefitted by my exchange as it has helped me become a more confident person. From having to make new friends to talking to people who could not understand what I was saying simply because of my accent to the experiences I had and lessons I learnt through travelling, it all helped me to grow as a person in some way or another.