Language study opens international doors

Bachelor of Arts in French and Political Science graduate Gregor Thompson has left Wellington behind to continue his studies at Sciences Po, Paris—a top-ranking Social Sciences University in France.

Gregor will be studying a two-year joint Master’s in Journalism and International Affairs come September.

“Learning French obviously influenced me to head towards France and probably gave me the confidence to do so. The French lecturers at Te Herenga Waka also have stories of their own experiences in France that are inspiring in their own right,” says Gregor.

“My academic skills increased immensely during my time at the University too. I didn't know how to write an essay or even really know what a citation was before I started. The BA taught me how to learn, and I need that where I am going.”

Gregor is excited for the opportunities that come from studying abroad, something he had a taste of last year with the University’s Study Abroad and Exchange  programme.Everything is new and interesting, which means I am never bored. Sciences Po is also extraordinarily diverse, I'll get to meet people with a variety of opinions and perspectives.”

He is hopeful he will master the French language during his studies and that the Master’s programme will set him up well to pursue a career in journalism  in Europe. We wish him the best as he begins his study.