Otago Polytechnic

Roman Nazarov found himself unable to return to New Zealand when COVID-19 border restrictions came into effect, but he hasn’t let that get in the way of his study.

The postgraduate business student travelled to Turkey during his most recent study break. There he met up with his girlfriend who he hadn’t seen since he came to New Zealand to begin his study.  

“However, my exiting experience was spoiled with the border closure news, so I had to return to my home city in Russia and start my online studying a week later.”

Now Roman takes part in four online sessions each week - two for each of his courses - from his home in Krasnoyarsk.

Despite the tough circumstances, Roman has found plenty of positives in his current situation.  

“Generally, everything is good so far, and I'm quite happy with this format.”

There have been no communication issues, and the timing of his lectures suits him.

One downside of online learning is that he doesn’t have as many opportunities to practise his English as he had on campus.

However, he’s grateful to be able to continue his study while being close to his loved ones during these hard times.


Published on 21 Apr 2020

Orderdate: 21 Apr 2020
Expiry: 21 Apr 2022