Being able to help Indian athletes enhance their performance is why international student Surabhi Date enrolled in AUT’s Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise.
“As an athlete and former captain of the Indian Women's National Rugby Team, I want to help other Indian athletes enhance their performance. I chose the Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise because the subjects it covers are highly relevant to my future career plans,” Surabhi says.
Surabhi was one of the INZSS students that was sponsored by Education NZ from an initiative started with John Key and the then PM Minister of India, Mr Singh, to try and increase the level of interest from Indian students with Sports Science.
Professional and friendly
The calibre and expertise of the academic staff is one of the highlights of Surabhi’s studies.
“The lecturers are awesome – they are very professional, friendly and extremely helpful. Study here is more independent than in India. Your lecturer tells you where to look for the answers but they won’t spoon-feed the knowledge to you. This makes you find your own answers and build up your knowledge, which I feel is the best way to educate yourself in any field,” she says.
“I also like the fact that everyone is called by their first name, not ‘sir’ or ‘madam’. This makes me feel at ease, and shows off the lecturers’ friendly nature. All of them are brilliant teachers too.”
She says she would highly recommend AUT’s Postgraduate Diploma in Sport and Exercise to other students.
“I would definitely recommend this programme and AUT – what you experience and learn over here is phenomenal.
“Sport, especially rugby, is a religion here in New Zealand. And the people of New Zealand are very positive and supportive about whatever you do,” says Surabhi who enjoys studying in the country that is the home of the All Blacks.
In addition to her studies, she continues to play rugby for the College Rifles Rugby Club, and is proud to have been selected for the Auckland Thunder women’s development squad.
Studying in New Zealand
New Zealand is a strong drawcard too, Surabhi adds.
“The country is beautiful inside out. Wherever you go in New Zealand it is a pleasure to look around, at the beautiful architecture, the well-maintained parks, or the blue sea and the mountains surrounding you.”