Unreal. Past Review

By (Business Administration, Anonymous University) - abroad from 02/15/2012 to 07/10/2012 with

IES Abroad: Auckland Direct Enrollment - University Of Auckland

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
So much that i don't know where to start. I learned how the world views america (politics, entertainment, obesity etc) to learning who I am. You have a clean slate when you go abroad; be yourself and you will make friends who appreciate you for who you are.

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

Andrew Barron was extremely helpful, courteous, and understanding. A very good advisor

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My host family made my experience. They treated me like family; took me out to eat, gave me life advice, and made me do the dishes. I learned so much from my family. I highly recommend doing a homestay.

* Food:

New Zealand likes their meat pies and kebabs. I do too.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

New Zealand is very low risk compared to anywhere else in the world.

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)

Food is more expensive in over there but we do have a favorable exchange rate, which helps.

* 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? 275
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Going out adds up very quickly.


* 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?

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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • My Host Family
  • Traveling
  • Learning from a non-american perspective
* What could be improved?
  • Allow kids to drive overseas (a new rule created after car crash at Tongariro)
  • Allow students to study part-time while overseas
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Don't hold back.