New Zealand: The Most Beautiful Place in the World Past Review

By (Computer Science & History, Providence College) for

Arcadia: Auckland - University of Auckland

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It's had a huge impact on me. I learned how to be thrust into a foreign city with no friends and make a life for myself. Multiple people have commented on how I have grown as a person.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The workload was very manageable, for my classes at least. The grading system somewhat varied between departments- in Physics for example it was fairly easy to get an A whereas it was very difficult to get an A in my History courses. Most of the class marks were earned in big papers and tests, but there were also smaller assignments.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Our hosts were wonderful! They were very knowledgeable of New Zealanad and had a lot of experience adjusting Americans to their country. They were always available if we need to talk or get any help.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Amazing fresh food, though somewhat expensive.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We visited a Maori tourist village.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

very safe

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


* 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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Things in New Zeland cost more, not only because the NZD is weaker than USD but also becuase many things need to be shipped in.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The school was very high quality
  • They really introduced us to New Zealand
  • Our in-country advisors were amazing
* What could be improved?
  • introducing us better to university events and clubs and such.