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Semester Review: Experiences you cannot Google

By Mads Anneberg, DMJX

Every travel guide and Google search will tell you that New Zealand in many ways is an extraordinary country. Filled with rich nature, beautiful scenery, adrenalin-provoking adventures and hospitable people. But having said that, I will move on and tell you the stuff that’s not so easily googled.

First of all, the IJI programme. It is nothing short of what it is made out to be; a great chance to go across the globe for new opportunities, and study in a programme with a high level of engagement with the professors in Auckland.

Mads1Second of all; the studies. This specific programme has a higher level than you will find in many other places when going on exchange from Denmark. The curse of the Danish education system is that we are slow starters, meaning that even though you are 25, your official level might match that of a 21-year old abroad. In IJI, you will be in class with students who have already finished their bachelor’s, who are your age and your actual level. But that does not mean more studying and less looking at mountains. It means less work that reminds you of first semesters of DMJX and still loads of time to explore New Zealand and its surroundings, both during and after your studies.

The main subjects are the courses Asia-Pacific Journalism and Public Affairs Reporting. They both provide you with excellent professors and unique insights into fascinating stuff you would not learn in Denmark. For me, an even bigger experience unfolded in a Special Topics course, where I was selected to go to Fiji to report on the elections. The level of ambitions at AUT seems endlessly high, which also shines through in talking to the teachers, who are a great source of inspiration.

Mads2And this is the third thing; the country’s great location. To the west, you have Australia, which is pretty lucky if you’re the urban type. The truth is that even though Auckland often is named as one of the most liveable cities in the world, that is pretty much the only thing people do there. Live. The vibrancy that you know so well from Copenhagen and even Aarhus is strictly limited to summertime in Auckland and will have to be pursued in Australia or even the smaller capital city, Wellington.

To the north, you have an indefinite number of exotic and at the same time journalistically interesting island nations such as Fiji. Places that in some regards are third world-ish and in others delightfully joyful and optimistic. In other words, there are great experiences awaiting you just inside the walls of the university. Because only few people would want to settle for New Zealand once they’re in the area.

I would wholeheartedly recommend this programme and am happy for you to contact me if you have any questions.

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