Academics, adventure, environment! Past Review

By (University of Minnesota - Twin Cities) - abroad from 02/22/2017 to 07/04/2017 with

Arcadia: Auckland - University of Auckland

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to be more self-sufficient, how to cook better, and even a little bit of a new language.

Review Photos

Arcadia: Auckland - University of Auckland Photo Arcadia: Auckland - University of Auckland Photo

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Outstanding research university with many opportunities.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The ArcadiaNZ staff were amazing! By the end of the semester, they felt like family to me.

* 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:

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

The Arcadia program staff were fantastic, and New Zealand is a beautiful country.


* 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)

Auckland is a fairly expensive place to live, so naturally it's pretty expensive to study there as well.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $125
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Look for deals when grocery shopping - and get the grocery store's discount card! They're usually free, and save you heaps.


* 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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  • Local 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?
  • Program staff
  • Program activities
  • Advice given from staff
* What could be improved?
  • Communication of the orientation itinerary
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Relax. The transition will be noticeable, but you're completely capable of doing it, and you'll feel more self-confident afterward.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.