The Adventure of a Lifetime Past Review

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 02/18/2016 to 06/28/2016 with

Arcadia: Auckland - University of Auckland

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to be independent and how to travel smart in a foreign country. It was definitely worthwhile.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* 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:

Auckland is safe, but no one should walk alone late at night.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

I had an amazing time in New Zealand. It's a beautiful country. But, it's also very small. I visited Sydney, Australia just before I went home and I was amazed at how big and full of life the city was. I think I would have thrived more in a bigger city like Sydney, and still be able to see many natural wonders in Australia like I did in New Zealand.


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $50


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • program advisors
  • relaxed curriculum
  • traveling
* What could be improved?
  • integration with locals
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How expensive it would be to travel

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!