When Marina Hall (nee Ivanova) decided to leave Russia to study statistics overseas, she had a list of criteria for choosing a country.
Marina wanted an English-language study destination that was reasonably priced, had a good lifestyle, and would give her opportunities to work after studying. She was also looking for a university in the top 100 QS World University Rankings for her subject.
She found what she was looking for in New Zealand, at the University of Auckland.
The university had an international student centre that gave me the support I needed, including language support.
“There was always someone to talk to, so I didn’t feel alone.”
Marina found the quality of education excellent. She appreciated being able to choose her own papers, and felt the university’s emphasis on coursework rather than just the final exam and thesis helped her stay on track with her studies.
Every other weekend, she and a group of international student friends explored New Zealand. One summer, they bought a campervan and spent a wonderful month travelling around the South Island.
Marina’s student visa entitled her to apply for a 12-month post-study work visa to find a job in New Zealand, and the university careers centre helped her with her CV.
Two months after completing her studies Marina found a job at insurance company Sovereign, where she now works as a qualified actuary.
Marina Hall, Russia, Master of Science (First Class Honours) in Statistics
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