Study abroad is an incredible experience. By learning in a new country, you grow as a person—but that growth doesn’t necessarily have to happen in the classroom. New Zealand is an ideal location for a study abroad experience because it offers so many opportunities to put yourself out there, both inside the classroom and out, and you are sure to come away with a few new skills that you will always be able to attribute to your international experience. From everyday interactions around the University of Waikato to some of New Zealand’s more extreme activities, here are a few of the things you may learn if you take the plunge to study abroad in New Zealand!

#1 Adaptability

The biggest takeaway from study abroad is the ability to understand and assimilate into a new culture. Even though New Zealand is an English-speaking country, you may find that there are more differences than similarities when compared with your home country. Study abroad forces you to adapt to new situations and ways of life, and can demonstrate to an employer that you will be successful in your role and able to adapt to a new company culture. After studying abroad, you will be able to handle any situation that is thrown your way. Such as…

#2 Conquering Fear

Bungee jumping is an activity taken to the extreme in New Zealand, and it has almost become a rite of passage for travelers passing through this beautiful country. New Zealand boasts some of the highest platforms and deepest jumps in the world, and it is not for the faint of heart. What better way to start conquering your fears than to literally put yourself out there? While it isn’t for everyone, finding the courage to be open-minded and unafraid is a skill that many people develop during an international experience—you will really learn to master your fears and live in the moment.

#3 Intercultural Communication

Part of being abroad and immersing yourself in the culture means interacting with the locals. While there will likely be other students from your home country studying at the University of Waikato with you, make the effort to befriend locals and students from other countries—it will open up a world of opportunity! You will gain friendships around the globe and you will gain the skills to navigate any intercultural situation and thrive on making connections with people from other cultures.

#4 True Pride & Enthusiasm

It would be hard to find a country more enthusiastic about its national rugby team. The New Zealand All Blacks embody the spirit of the nation, and experiencing the passion of both the fans and the plays is an unforgettable experience. Matches begin with the haka, a traditional war cry of New Zealand’s indigenous Maori people, intended to intimidate competitors. What follows is an outpouring of energy and enthusiasm that you can’t help but become a part of, and it will teach you the true meaning of national sports pride.

#5 Perseverance

If we said that going abroad for several months at a time would be smooth sailing all the way through, we would be painting an unrealistic picture. Everyday life in your own home setting has ups and downs and it’s no different abroad. Your international experience will challenge you and may sometimes be difficult, but it is your perseverance and dedication that will push you through and truly help transform you into a better version of yourself. Whether you are combating homesickness or hiking of of New Zealand’s many famous peaks, the ability to keep trekking along and continuously push yourself outside your comfort zone will help you make it through any obstacles that come your way down the road. Your international experience will provide you with a sense of accomplishment, one that you can always look back on and remember all that you overcame.

These are only a few of the incredible skills you will gain while studying abroad in New Zealand, and we can’t wait to hear about the rest. Get started by applying today!

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Posted by World Endeavors on    November 3, 2016

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World Endeavors believes that international travel has the power to change lives, broaden horizons, and deepen intercultural understanding. The world is undergoing rapid changes, with societies becoming more interconnected and environmentally aware; at the same time a more challenging global economy inspires in many a need to reach out and make a positive difference while seeking personal growth opportunities. There has never been a better time than now to travel abroad.

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