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In New Zealand, student gained a home away from home


Lauren Dunlap displays her exuberance during a backpacking trip in the Southern Alps, a mountain range extending along much of the length of New Zealand's South Island.

“Land Journeys and Ethics” -- one of the classes Lauren Dunlap ’17 took during her Fall 2015 semester at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand -- included two overnight backpacking trips.

hobbiton“The second trip started at 9 p.m. with the students being dropped off in groups at certain points in the wilderness, from which we were supposed to navigate to our campsite by following a compass bearing,” Lauren, a chemical engineering major, recounted.  “After two hours of bushwhacking up and down densely forested hills, getting very lost, and following some over-enthusiastic students on a wild goose chase, we ended up at our campsite. That was definitely the most memorable experience I had in New Zealand!”

 (She also visited the Lord of the Rings Hobbiton movie set, as seen in photo at left.)

 Arranging her trip was “pretty straightforward,” she said. “Once I knew where I wanted to go, I figured out which classes I needed to get approved and my department helped me figure out who needed to approve them. The application and visa application were a little time consuming, but not too difficult.”

 In addition to two electives, Lauren took one Chemical Engineering class and one required physics class while in New Zealand. A Hajim School International Experience Scholarship and another scholarship from University of Canterbury helped cover expenses.

“I learned a lot of independence living in an apartment and arranging travel plans,” Lauren said. “I learned a lot from experiencing a new university, especially in another country.

 “Mostly, I gained a home; I will definitely return to New Zealand sometime, and when I do, I'll feel at home there.”


 More backpacking in the Southern Alps.



You can do it! Think engineers can’t study abroad? Think again. With the flexible Rochester curriculum and specially selected overseas partnerships, Hajim students have a world of opportunities available. We’ve identified more than 200 equivalent courses that apply toward your Rochester degree at 23 universities in 14 countries. We offer scholarships to help you cover travel costs. You'll see the world, gain a global perspective, and build your resume—all before graduating. Questions? Contact Rohan Palma, our study abroad adviser, at

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