A most incredible six months! Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 01/07/2012 to 06/25/2012 with

Frontiers Abroad: New Zealand Earth Systems

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I had so many amazing experiences traveling and hiking in the incredible country that is New Zealand! I was also able to push myself academically in my major which was somewhat unexpected but definitely great. It was one of the most worthwhile experiences I've ever had!

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Through this program, I took classes at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand
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 academic experience was surprisingly rigorous. I had heard from previous students that this was not the case at other New Zealand universities. Part of it was that 3 of my courses were upper-level/graduate-level geology classes.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Program was very organized and well run!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Pretty good, main downside was having to pay for internet.

* Food:

We had the freedom to choose our own food options, so I cooked for myself.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Most students in our housing block were international students, but was able to meet many New Zealand students through my courses.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

No health issues came up

* Safety:

Felt very 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)

Everything is expensive in New Zealand, especially groceries and all of the touristy stuff

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100-150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make sure you save up money before you go abroad!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* 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
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?
  • 5-week field camp component
  • Special research methods class that resulted in a major project
  • Ability to see and do everything I wanted in the country
* What could be improved?
  • It's a bit expensive
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You will spend all of your money!