The Adventure of My Life! Past Review

By (Villanova University) - abroad from 02/12/2012 to 06/26/2012 with

Arcadia: Auckland - University of Auckland

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I traveled almost every weekend, plus I spent 2 weeks in the South Island, and 9 days in Australia. I learned how to travel well and I learned all I was capable of through testing myself with bungy jumping, sky diving, etc. I was able to do so many amazing things! I would do it again in a heartbeat!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

One of my engineering courses was more advanced than I should have been in, which was very difficult.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I loved going through Arcadia!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in Parnell Village and it was awesome. But I didn't get to live with Kiwis which was dissapointing.

* Food:

I cooked for myself most nights. Food was fairly expensive.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It was harder since I did not live with Kiwis.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had no health issues.

* Safety:

I felt 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)

Groceries were very expensive. Also, all activities seemed to cost $100+ each.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Bring all of your shampoo, conditioner, towels, sunscreen, etc. It is very expensive.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local 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?
  • Traveling the country!
* What could be improved?
  • Course selection.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The amount of technical knowledge required for ElectEng310.

Individual Course Reviews

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Comments: This course was very challenging given my previous courses at Villanova. It expected a prior knowledge of electronics that I did not have. ElectEng210 would have been more suitible.
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