Distance Learning Abroad: From au pair to emigrant
After high school graduation a gap year as au pair in New Zealand and then a degree programme in Germany – that was Julia’s plan. Then she fell in love and discovered the advantageous flexibility of IUBH Distance Learning.
Spending a year abroad after high school is common these days. Like many others, after graduation in 2016 I wanted to seek an overseas adventure and flew to the other end of the world, to Auckland, New Zealand. For one year I lived there as an au pair in a fabulous South African family. I spent all my free time exploring the beaches, outback and mountains of New Zealand. The nature’s uniqueness fascinated me. Nevertheless, I could not imagine living here permanently. Until, at least, I met my partner. He is a native, a so-called Kiwi. So there I was, freshly in love and my visa was about to expire.
Study in New Zealand?
Studying was always part of my plan and I was determined to stick to that plan. I had already long since submitted applications to German universities. Studying in New Zealand was definitely not in my budget and student visas are now rarely issued. In July 2017 I had to go back to Germany. That broke my heart but I had not given up yet. I kept trying to figure out a way to study in New Zealand. During this process, I came across IUBH Distance Learning in social networks. Contact with other students instantly convinced me.
Thanks to online exams, I don’t have to travel thousands of kilometres
At the end of July 2017, I enrolled in the bachelor degree course in social work and then booked a flight back to my home of choice for October 2017. In the meantime, I have switched to business psychology, which I will complete with a Bachelor of Science in 2020 – when all goes well. It is not easy to juggle everything, but it is definitely feasible. I integrate time for studying into my daily routine: in the mornings and Saturdays, I study, and in the afternoons, I work as a nanny and pursue my hobbies. For me, the biggest advantage is online examinations. Once a month, this saves me a flight to the nearest Goethe Institute in Wellington, almost 1,000 kilometres away. Other online degree programmes simply could not offer me this flexibility.
Future? In New Zealand
After I finish my degree, we want to move to Europe for one or two years. In the long term however, we want to live in New Zealand. I am even planning on a subsequent master’s degree programme – and thanks to IUBH, it does not matter where I am then living in the world.