A non-stop adventure Past Review

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 02/13/2018 to 06/21/2018 with

Arcadia: Dunedin - University of Otago

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to be much more independent. I also learned that I thrive on adventuring, and do not like to be stuck in the same place for a long time. This experience was very worthwhile, and I honestly wish I could do it again.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Easy to navigate and figure out.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Fun and clean.

* Food:

Expensive but good.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Had a lot of American friends but also some Kiwi friends.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Was never an issue for me.

* Safety:

Always felt safe.

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

Arcadia helped me easily transition to life in New Zealand without being overbearing. The program facilitated friendships but allowed me to create my own relationships outside of it.


* 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 quite expensive and I should have budgeted better.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $80-$100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make a budget and stick to it.


* 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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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International 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?
  • Communication
  • Trips provided by the program
  • Friends made
* What could be improved?
  • More interaction and activities at the end of the semester
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that I would have to work very hard to keep in touch with all of my friends at home. I got distracted by everything that was going on in New Zealand and forgot to stay in touch with my friends.