The beautiful New Zealand 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?
gained more independence. yes it was 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.

Education system did not seem beneficial for me

* 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:

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

The arcadia staff was helpful in every way and made the entire experience of being so far away from home easy and comfortable


* 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? $150 USD
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy sale items, book activities through 3rd party discount sites (bookme, groupon)


* 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?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • exploring the country
  • trying new foods
  • learning the culture
* What could be improved?
  • prior knowledge of their education system
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? explore as much of the country/other near by countries as possible with all of the time you have