Otago Polytechnic

Making it internationally

James Willocks got more out of his Study Abroad experience than he ever could have imagined - including securing his dream job and meeting his wife!

James Willocks

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I 100% recommend this experience: look at where it gets you and the opportunities it presents.

In what he describes as "a tremendous experience", James Willocks has secured his dream job as a result of a Study Abroad opportunity.

While studying for his Physical Conditioning programme, James was offered the chance of a lifetime to complete part of his studies in the United States and undertake a one-year internship coaching athletes at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New England.

“It is this hands-on experience - delivered on by Otago Polytechnic - that my previous university study lacked," he says. "I actually got to do the work rather than just learn about the theory. It was a privilege gaining real-world experience and seeing the students that I coached grow as athletes and as people."

James has since been offered a permanent job at Dartmouth College - and, he has now married an American woman he met while on exchange.

During his time abroad, James got to explore a lot of the United States. He visited Texas and Ohio and every state on the East Coast from Maine all the way down to Florida.

“I 100% recommend this experience: look at where it gets you and the opportunities it presents. The professional and personal relationships you create last a lifetime."

Bachelor of Applied Science

Are you passionate about sports, exercise or health? Do you like working with people? Do you want to help others improve their lives to reach their potential? If you answered yes to all of these then this contemporary degree is the pathway for you.

Student

James Willocks

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Bachelor of Applied Science

Are you passionate about sports, exercise or health? Do you like working with people? Do you want to help others improve their lives to reach their potential? If you answered yes to all of these then this contemporary degree is the pathway for you.