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Muhammad Reefath Rahman - “Our rooftop garden”

University life isn’t all about study. Every now and then, you get a chance to stop and re-energise. One way to do this at UniSA is to get involved in the Community Gardens. The Community Gardens helps students learn about gardening, share their knowledge and have some input into greening the camp… read more

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Jenny Chang - “Embrace”

In previous blogs, I’ve talked about how making new friends is so exciting and fun, this time, I also wanted to point out why these people are SO important – not only in a “study abroad” sort-of-way but also a live changing way. (Yes, it is that magical!) The language barrier is imaginary … read more

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Calu Malta - “The Feminist Society”

I was continuously told that coming to University would be an amazing experience, but there was one particular aspect of it that took me by surprise: how important the University of Bristol’s Feminist Society proved to be to me, both in the sense that I strengthened existing friendships, and in th… read more

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Natasha Madhavan - “A visit to Howth”

My friend and I wanted to have a relaxing weekend and wanted to explore more of Ireland. So we decided to take a train to Howth, which is known for its beautiful seaside views. We got off to a not-so-pleasant start, to be frank! This was because the train was absolutely packed that day for some unkn… read more

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Natasha Madhavan - “My trip to Barcelona”

One of the advantages to studying in Ireland is just how close are the other European countries! And since I wasn’t going back home for the holidays, my friends and I decided to visit Barcelona for the vacations! And it was absolutely amazing. I’m not going to be able to recount the whole trip a… read more

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Rachel Goh - “Coping with homesickness”

The year 2017 signals the start of my 8th year in Dunedin. Time really flies by, huh? It feels like yesterday when I was this shorthaired little girl wondering what a cheese roll tasted like and not knowing how to get to places. And now here I am, shoulder length hair, inhaling cheese rolls (and eve… read more

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Yufei Huo - “Wandering in wonderful Ireland”

 My time in Maynooth University is fleeting, it seems semester 1 comes to an end just overnight. Looking back to these past days, I had lots of good times, also I have many feelings about this experience. Maynooth University actually provides me lots of opportunities, not only in better educati… read more

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Annamae Beeler Sax - “Across the Pond - Christmas in London”

No matter how excited I was to spend Christmas by myself in a completely new city, there was no denying I was also really nervous. The friend I would be with left two days before I did, so I traveled to Dublin by myself to catch my plane. Thankfully it’s a short flight from Dublin to London, just … read more

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Jenny Chang - “What I Like About Maynooth As A Uni”

I could not help but notice the differences between my college and Maynooth University the second I stepped onto the campus grounds. Its spaciousness first surprised me. After I became familiar with the area I would constantly visit, I no longer found it a struggle but an enjoyment walking in Mayno… read more

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Muhammad Reefath Rahman - “How to be a student leader in the Business World”

Since early childhood, I always had a dream to complete my higher education in the field of business from a higher ranked international university and today I am proud of my decision to study at the UniSA Business School.   UniSA Business School Currently, I am in the final semester … read more

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Annamae Beeler Sax - “Finding My Own Way”

Christmas has always been my absolute favorite time of year, ever since I was a child, kind of to a frightening degree. I get an almost violent joy from decorating a Christmas tree and baking cookies, and I start playing my favorite Christmas music November first. (Who am I kidding? I listen to that… read more

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Yufei Huo - “My Start At Maynooth University”

With hope and excitement, I arrived at Maynooth University in September 2016. I am studying for my Masters in Accounting. Ireland is such a beautiful country far away from my hometown in China. So everything here to me is novel and well worth exploring. Ireland’s landscape, its history, its langua… read more

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Felipe Guapo - “Ireland Winter Fun”

Don't let the weather get in your way, you can have fun in Ireland from winter to winter! Another frozen morning If you are in Ireland, you probably noticed that the temperature dropped a few degrees in the last few weeks. To someone like me, that is used to a tropical weather, the cold is not a… read more

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Annamae Beeler Sax - “Halfway There: Making the Most of the Time I Have”

I could have sworn it was just yesterday that I stepped off the plane in Dublin, desert brain reeling as I tried to gain my Irish land legs; yet somehow, (I must have blinked) it’s just about December and my first semester is drawing to a close. It’s mind boggling how quickly my year abroad is g… read more

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Rachel Tan - “My Writing Group”

A writing group: The ‘health’ enhancement for my PhD stamina Early this year, my colleague, Tracy Rogers, initiated a writing group in our department, Higher Education Development Centre (HEDC). The group is attended by most of the HEDC postgraduate students. I am delighted to be part of this g… read more

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Megan Doyle - “Venturing to Vienna”

Austria is known for it’s scenic cities: Innsbruck, Salzburg, Gratz, and Vienna. Vienna is regarded in history for its place in WWI, with large monuments, old buildings that survived the war, and a strong culture.  This city suits international students because of its’ location in Europe, … read more

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Megan Doyle - “Scenic Bratislava!”

Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia, located in between the major cities of Budapest and Vienna. The Slovakian city is known for its picturesque capital but essentially isn’t well known in the vicinity of Eastern Europe. The city is perfect for international students because it is a hidden gem w… read more

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Muhammad Reefath Rahman - “That Winning Feeling”

The feeling of winning the Study Adelaide Entrepreneurship & Innovation Award Hi and welcome to my blog. I would like to start this blog by sharing some good news with you. I am delighted and pleased to announce that, I Muhammad Reefath Rahman am the winner of the “Study Adelaide Entrepreneur… read more

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Wolf Keser - “My Road To Green River”

This is my first vlog about my journey from the Netherlands to Green River College and what was involved in getting here. Find out more about the Green River Gap Year Program in Washington below. See what other international students think about studying at Green River College on WhyStudyHer… read more

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Natasha Madhavan - “Kayaking on the river Liffey”

So I had yet another boring weekend ahead of me. And I just couldn’t bare the thought of the eventless hours doing something mundane to pass the time away. Thus, I ended up signing up for kayaking with Maynooth University’s International and Erasmus Society and I’m so glad I did! Maynooth … read more

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Chelsea Messan - “Introducing Chelsea”

My name is Chelsea and I’m from a country you have probably never heard of before: Gabon! (It’s in central Africa on the west coast). I am 22 years old and have been in the United States for almost 4 years. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Computer Science and have two more years … read more

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Calu Malta - “São Paulo, Brazil To Bristol, England”

When I found out that I had gotten the grades needed to attend the University of Bristol in mid-July in 2014, I felt a strange mix of excitement and fear. The excitement was there because it had been years of working towards this; I now had an opportunity to experience a completely different culture… read more

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Felipe Guapo - “Calling for some countryside adventure”

When you think about going to the beach you might rarely consider a country with moderately cold weather as your ultimate destination. That is probably due to the fact that most times we think about beaches, we are actually thinking about swimming in the sea and sunbathing. Now what else could we d… read more

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Annamae Beeler Sax - “An Object In Motion Stays In Motion”

As predicted, my time here in Ireland is flying by. Without realizing it, I’m already approaching my two-month mark, which is simultaneously exhilarating and heart-breaking, if those two feelings can conceivably share a space. My friends and I like to point out little things we’re picking up su… read more

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Jenny Chang - “On the Road”

Before coming to Ireland to study, I’ve been on short travels with family and friends but I never went alone. I’ve enjoyed the planned journeys rather than happenings on the roads, uncertainties and adventures; this time last year, I told myself to try backpacking travels, with new friends or by… read more

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Rachel Tan - “Volunteering at the Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival”

It is here again, the Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival is taking place on 12 November 2016. Otago University Student Association (OUSA) has been organising the festival for the local community at the indoor Forsyth Barr Stadium since 2013. I experienced the family-friendly event last year and re… read more

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Felipe Guapo - “Ireland and I”

September 2016 marks the third anniversary of my first trip to Ireland. Back then, in 2013, I was an undergraduate student that had just been awarded a Science without borders (CAPES) scholarship, to study abroad for 15 months. Ireland was one, in a list of more than 7 countries that I could have c… read more

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Natasha Madhavan - “The Big Gig”

So as we all know, it’s back to school time. Well, University in my case. And what way to celebrate coming back (and maybe repressing the stress of upcoming lectures) than to attend Freshers' week events. While I really am not Fresher myself, it doesn’t stop us second-years from having fun! My … read more

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Annamae Beeler Sax - “From the Desert to the Emerald Isle”

Being born and raised in the Sonoran desert has its pros and cons; on one hand, temperatures soar above 100 degrees Fahrenheit with ease in the summer and you find yourself hibernating during the afternoon like a snake under a rock. On the other hand, the people of Tucson, Arizona are people who kno… read more

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Courtney Windju - “Where are you now? - i-studentglobal Follow-up Blog”

Two years ago I was embarking on one of the most unexpected, yet life-changing journeys of a lifetime – a semester abroad in New Zealand. Surprisingly, of the many things I was uncertain of heading into my University experience, studying abroad was not one of them. Although I did not know where at… read more

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Janet Leung - “The Sports-made Sports-mad Nation”

Mid-semester break is over but the first week resuming back to lectures wasn’t turned out to be an exhausting one. The live streaming sports at school’s common had made an energising kick off. They were rugby matches on screens and were definitely easing the Monday blue. I am not quite a sports … read more

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Rachel Tan - “A Motivator for My PhD Journey: Attending the Graduation Day”

The Graduation Day at the University of Otago is an eventful day filled with three main events; a brunch, a procession and a ceremony. Although it was not my graduation yet, I was pleased to attend the August Graduation Day with my friends. For me, it was not only to congratulate our friend’s succ… read more

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Jenny Chang - “Friends”

To me, being able to meet so many good friends in my year abroad is the most amazing thing. Just as I’ve mentioned in my previous blog, international students community in Maynooth is really like one big family. The only difference is that in this family, the “relatives” all come from differen… read more

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Rachel Goh - “What can you expect?”

Read more about the International events at Otago. Jump to: International Food Festival, International Welcoming Night & International Sports Day, International Cultural Carnival & International Gala Night.  My friends describe me in a multitude of ways. Some are nice ad… read more

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Janet Leung - “World War S”

S for shivers. S for snowflakes. S for scarves. While every single person is complaining about the humid hot weather in my hometown, I am striving so hard to survive through the chilly winter here. In childhood, when it’s summer time and mom doesn’t let you turn on the air conditioning, I bet ev… read more

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Felipe Guapo - “Maynooth and the Rio Olympics 2016”

Bounce as high as you can!! Maynooth and the Olympics As everybody knows the summer Olympic Games edition of 2016 is being held in Rio de Janeiro - Brazil. The games, which date back from ancient Greece, have become the world’s preeminent sporting competition, counting with the participation … read more

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Rachel Tan - “A Tour Around the Oldest University in New Zealand”

Last year, I joined a tour, organised by Lizzy Lukeman from the alumni office, to learn more about the University of Otago. The tour started with a little history of the university, which was the first university in New Zealand. It was founded in 1869 and started with three professors and 81 student… read more

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Jenny Chang - “Ireland - My Serendipity”

Two years ago, my pet dog passed away. She was my friend, and coming home to her furry embrace and wagging tail always gave me indescribable joy each day for the past twelve years. Without her company, I grew very sad and lonely, so I tried to pull myself together by taking different part-time jobs … read more

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Felipe Guapo - “Dublin Pride Parade 2016”

After taking some considerable time to think. I decided to start this week with a post about acceptance. A concept, that is going to be used here, in a very broad definition and that will help me to describe the events that took place a month ago on the 25th of June in Dublin, Ireland. The day star… read more

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Natasha Madhavan - “A Weekend With Friends at Carlow”

I had an unexpected trip to Carlow with my friends, as one of them lives there. It also happened to coincide with my 19th birthday! So you can imagine that it was quite a fun weekend and I’m going to tell you all about it in this blog. My weekend at Carlow began with a long drive on the Irish roa… read more

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Janet Leung - “The Beginning of Everything”

The beginning is always stiff. But who can tell the rest will not be a bliss? It has been exactly a year since I started my life in New Zealand. Planning my study here has been one of the weightiest plans in my life so far. Not at all a spoiled kid that grows up in comfort zone, leaving home to m… read more

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Rachel Tan - “My PhD field work at Zanzibar”

My PhD on globalisation in higher education provided an exciting field trip to Zanzibar in January 2016. My research looks at how globalisation has impacted on an emerging university in the developing world. I interviewed the staff at the State University of Zanzibar (SUZA). It gave me two lessons. … read more

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Amit Doshi - “THE NEW ZEALAND DIARY 1.0”

With graduation in Biomedical Engineering and seven years of work experience in the Medical Devices Industry, I had planned to do my MBA. After a lot of research and consultation, I zeroed down on doing my MBA at the esteemed University of Otago, which holds the reputation of the best full-time MBA … read more

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Jessica Tomlinson - “Adjusting to Life Back in Canada”

Wednesday morning when I got to the Dublin airport for the last time was really hard. It was once I was sitting on the plane it felt real that I was leaving. I was lucky to have beautiful weather for my flight so I was able to see all of Ireland till the plane got to the edge and it disappeared from… read more

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Kelsi Hattaway - “How To Pack Like A Pro”

The idea of packing can be quite daunting, especially if you’re packing for a semester, a year, or even longer. For anyone who hasn’t travelled much, there can be this need to over pack. Trust me, if I could have packed the kitchen sink when I first moved to Ireland, I probably would have. I lan… read more

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Rachel Goh - “Why I chose to pursue my dreams at Otago”

1st July 2015 was the day I realised “Oh my I am a PhD Candidate” and it was also when I realised I have a loooooong road ahead of me.  Were these withdrawal symptoms from my fun and carefree undergraduate days? Perhaps. Doing postgrad is a whole different ball game, and you have to be prep… read more

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Natasha Madhavan - “A Visit to Wicklow!”

  This month I had the opportunity to visit one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen: Wicklow! It is absolutely gorgeous and I have never seen a place that is so filled with greenery and fresh air. I am lucky enough to have relatives there who invited me to their beautiful home. &n… read more

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Felipe Guapo - “Time To Go Hiking!”

Ireland is without a doubt one of the greenest countries I have ever been to. That is definitely one of the only perks of having so much rain throughout the year. I remember my first day in this country and how amazed I was by the blue of the sky and the green of the plants, that  somehow looke… read more

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Jessica Tomlinson - “Preparing To Leave But Not Ready”

I know everyone says that time goes by fast when you’re having fun, and I can definitely attest to this! It feels like yesterday when I was wondering what this adventure was going to be like. All the scenarios I planned did not prepare me at all. I had a difficult time leaving home and now I have … read more

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Kelsi Hattaway - “How To Beat Homesickness”

No matter how outgoing or adventurous you might be, everyone gets homesick sometimes. For some, like myself, it can be worse than you thought possible. I remember before I left for Ireland how excited I was. I was ready to be independent and I laughed at my mom when she told me I would miss Califor… read more