Study Abroad should be mandatory for all students!! Past Review

By (University of Rochester) - abroad from 02/14/2012 to 06/26/2012 with

IES Abroad: Auckland Direct Enrollment - University Of Auckland

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
We only have so long on this earth, so make the best of every moment, and experience as much as you possibly can!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Classes are a bit easier than they are at home.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Great! We went on multiple field trips with our program administrator. He was always available to talk to as well.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I opted to live in a homestay. This is a great way to get the authentic experience, and I also have made a lifelong friendship with my host family.

* Food:

The food in New Zealand is--in general--better than the US. Vegetables are fresher, meat is more flavorful, and of course Kiwis love their sweets!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It was not a huge cultural transition. People are just a little more laid-back in New Zealand.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Auckland is a relatively safe city, and I never felt in danger at any time.

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)

Auckland is not the cheapest city, especially if you like to go out and get a drink on weekends. But overall, I would say the trip didn't cost much considering I was there for 5 months.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? Yes
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About $50 a week on lunches, and maybe another $50 on things to do during the weekend.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Homestays are cheaper. Also--get a bike for cheap transportation!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
* Who did you live with?

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  • Host Family
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Simply experiencing a new culture and way of life
  • Meeting new people from all around the world
  • Exploring the countryside and hiking!
* What could be improved?
  • Maybe some more opportunities to meet locals (I tend to be a little shy)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing, really