An incredible adventure January 07, 2018

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 06/07/2017 to 11/13/2018 with

Frontiers Abroad: New Zealand Earth Systems

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Very worthwhile. I learned so much about my area of study, and also about living and traveling on my own, far away from home

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.

Terrific experience!! Field camp was absolutely incredible

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Max is so helpful, and it is so great to have professors at the school that are really invested in you

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

I was cooking for myself so this one is tough to answer

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I made friends with college students from NZ, but the majority of my friends were American

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't have any

* Safety:

Seemed very safe. Only nervous about earthquakes!

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

Very organized, met great people


* 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)

Food is more expensive than the US. Gas is almost $9 a gallon which can make travel expensive

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $30


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The friends
  • The place
  • The program
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
  • The city
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't be nervous! It will be amazing!

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Structural Geology

Course Department: Geology
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Definitely challenging. Took advantage of location in terms of examples used in class, but now with field trips. Class was challenging though and comparable to class at Middlebury
Credit Transfer Issues: