By (Engineering Science., Trinity University) - abroad from 07/05/2014 to 11/18/2014 with

IFSA: Auckland - University of Auckland

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned basic life skills for living on my own--budgeting, cooking, cleaning... I have never really had to do any of this independent of my family or school. It was an eye opening experience.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The staff was friendly and approachable.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in a brand new apartment complex for University of Auckland students. It was clean, safe, and close to campus.

* Food:

Food in New Zealand was very expensive. I spent most of my money on groceries.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Kiwis were so friendly and welcoming.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I never needed to use my health insurance, but several of my friends did. The University of Auckland's health services were very accommodating and helpful.

* Safety:

I always felt safe walking alone in Auckland; however, I would always recommend that students, especially girls, walk with a group since crime is not unheard of. I knew two people who had their bags stolen while walking home, so I never took bags out to town with me at night.

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? $150-$200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Take school supplies and toiletries with you if you have space in your suitcase. The school supplies and toiletries in New Zealand were 3x-4x as expensive as they are in the states.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

Not applicable. We learned a few words in the Maori language; however, it was not necessary to get around the country, rather it was part of the cultural experience.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? None

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local 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?
  • Great support group
  • Fun premade travel plans
  • Great friends
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How to manage my money more efficiently.

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.