Living Beyond Limits Past Review

By (Trinity University) - abroad from 02/21/2013 to 07/02/2013 with

Arcadia: Auckland - University of Auckland

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to constantly push myself beyond my comfort zone when it comes to meeting new people, adjusting to a new environment, and traveling so that I can become a stronger individual. Every adventure was worthwhile including the tears, sweat, and laughter.

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 University of Auckland is an excellent school and I felt it was not too intense, but I did have to work hard in the end since our final exams were a huge percentage of our overall grade. Overall, I enjoyed the educational system of lectures and tutorials. Tutorials especially because I could develop a deeper understanding of the subject in a smaller group.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Arcadia is the BEST program any study abroad student can be with. They are very very organized and definitely ahead of the game compared to other programs. The staff were even more amazing and I truly felt loved and cared by them and they often checked up on us throughout the semester. The 4-day trip/orientation provided by Arcadia was by far the best way to adapt to New Zealand and my new friends. Moreover, the additional trips throughout the semester kept me active in traveling and making the most of my experience in New Zealand.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in a student apartment with other international students that was only a two minute walk from campus, a five minute walk from three grocery stores, and only a ten minute walk from the main downtown area. It was the best location I could ever wish for and the apartment itself was beyond amazing. I lived in a flat with two other girls - we all had single bedrooms and shared a bathroom, kitchen, and a living room. Every room was already furnished with a bed AND bedding. The only thing we were required to bring was a towel. The whole apartment is relatively clean and there were many common areas such as a game room with a pool table, study lounges, and a theater room.

* Food:

Because I lived in an apartment, I was responsible for my own food by cooking everyday. I personally loved cooking everyday and because my apartment is conveniently located near several grocery stores including international markets and farmers markets on weekends, I had no problem getting fresh ingredients.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The city of Auckland is very diverse especially the student population at the University of Auckland. Because I lived in an international student apartment, most of my friends were not from New Zealand, but from other parts of the world. I only got to experience local culture by making friends in my classes and when I traveled out of the city and met new people.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not have personal experience with healthcare, but my program constantly told us about our insured healthcare during orientation.

* Safety:

Overall, I felt really safe in the city of Auckland. I could walk around the city by myself for hours during the day and feel completely safe. Of course I would not walk around by myself at night, but with a group of friends, walking around at night was also 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)

It was relatively easy to live on a student budget, but I did have to give up eating out a lot or buying expensive ingredients such as chicken and other meat. I really had budget my money towards what I thought was worthwhile to spend during my time abroad.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About $50/week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan to save a lot money before going abroad. It's not likely you'll have a job while you study abroad so spending money runs out sooner than you think. More importantly, decide exactly what you want to spend money on and stick to it and not splurge on unnecessary things such as things you can buy in your home country. My suggestion is to spend money mostly on traveling and exploring and give up luxury food, eating out, and excessive shopping.


* 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?

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

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  • 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?
  • Organized
  • On-top of everything
  • Truly genuine staff
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing
  • N/A
  • N/A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How amazing the staff was and I did not have to worry so much about anything. Arcadia is the BEST program for students who want to study abroad and I can't stress it enough. I have talked with other fellow study abroad students I met and they are always jealous of how much Arcadia provides and how much knowledge the staff knows about the University of Auckland and New Zealand as a whole.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.