A welcoming experience!!!! Past Review

By (University of Maine - Orono) - abroad from 02/16/2018 to 06/15/2018 with

API (Academic Programs International): Dunedin - University of Otago

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes! a lot of learning how to live minimally.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

My onsite contact was really approachable and welcoming!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The Uniflats through the University was perfect to meet people but also to have your own space. API took care of all of it so you did not have to worry.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt very safe in Dunedin!

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

API was easy to contact before leaving and also while abroad.


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Food was the highest expense for me. Definitely plan ahead!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 150-200 NZD
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan ahead!!!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Approachability
  • Welcomeness
  • Value
* What could be improved?
  • nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How expensive groceries are

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!