Many people choose to study abroad to learn a new language or as part of an international relations or business degree. As an English major, you you may not consider studying abroad an option — after all, you already speak the language you’re studying, and you likely live in a country with a rich English language heritage. But take it from someone who was an English major and studied abroad during undergrad — doing so is a great idea, not only personally but as a way of furthering your studies.
Neighboring New Zealand provides another example of the meeting of British culture and indigenous people, through language. New Zealand experienced very different patterns of colonial migration to Australia, plus the indigenous people, the Maori, are totally unrelated to Australian Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders. New Zealand authors like Witi Ihimaera and Patricia Grace show what it’s like to live as a Maori in New Zealand.
This difference is also reflected in New Zealand English. In New Zealand, you’ll also learn how strongly the local Maori language has influenced contemporary New Zealand English — you’ll need it if studying there, as the locals’ everyday language is peppered with Maori words like kia ora, whanau, kai, and much more.
New Zealand is a thinly populated country, and there are only a handful of universities across the two main islands. Studying in Auckland and Wellington provides a biggish-city experiences, whereas the smaller city of Dunedin is a fun place to study because of its large student population. In all of these places you can take courses in New Zealand literature and poetry.
While Australia and New Zealand are a bit too far for a quick weekend trip (the closest cities, Auckland and Sydney, are a three-hour flight apart), many students who study in one country like to spend some time traveling in the other. It may be the only time you’re down in this corner of the world, at least for a while, so it makes sense to make the most of it while you can.
The islands of the Caribbean use English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Caribbean Hindustani, and European Creoles, so there are a range of study abroad opportunities possible in the region.
The Anglophone Caribbean is a multi-cultural place, with people of African and South Asian origin. This lends a distinct cadence to the language, and the nations’ colonial history provides a fascinating setting and themes for literature by writers such as Jean Rhys, V. S. Naipaul, and Wilson Harris.
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