Best 6 months of my life Past Review

By (Marketing, Trinity University) - abroad from 07/04/2015 to 11/12/2016 with

Arcadia: Wellington - Victoria University of Wellington

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I matured a lot. I didn't use my parents as a crutch. I was an individual.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

would have liked to live with more kiwis

* Food:

I cooked my own.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

met very few kiwis

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Absolutely amazing. Socialized health care is the way to go. It was all free and I had to go to the hospital due to a bad case of the flu.

* Safety:

Wellington is super safe

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


* 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? roughly $50-80 USD
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Go to the farmers markets. Buy your eggs there you can get near 16 eggs for 5 NZD and other veggies are cheap there too. There are 2 one by the Te papa museum and one on the Buller St. Hill


* 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
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • The City
  • Cooking for myself
  • The Professors
* What could be improved?
  • Live with more local students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That the classes are good and most recorded. Skipping is frequently done but it is also a mistake. The professors are super cool.

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.