Best dang decision I ever made. Past Review

By (Trinity University) - abroad from 02/06/2017 to 06/13/2017 with

Arcadia: Dunedin - University of Otago

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about myself, and what I a capable of.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

the best hands on experience of my life in the field I hope to go into.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Well done, very organized

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Eh, its a place to sleep. Wish I was not housed with all Americans.

* Food:

So yum, just expensive

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

They kiwis are a bunch of fun. No problems there.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Never really had to deal with it. The drug stores were good for most things.

* Safety:

Very safe. Campus security also does a very good job, and enen offers rides home.

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

The program I could care less about. I fell in love with the country and the university.


* 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)

New Zealand is expensive.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eat local, don't eat out, buy your own beer instead of going to a bar.


* 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
* 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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Nature
  • hands on
  • Dunedin
* What could be improved?
  • Less americans, more international
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? New Zealand summer is not a warm summer. Pack for all 4 seasons, and always always carry your raincoat.

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.