Past Review

By (Physical Therapy/Therapist., University of Hartford) for

IFSA: Auckland - University of Auckland

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was without a doubt one of the greatest things I have ever done.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: University of Auckland
The term and year this program took place: Spring 2009

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The academics were good overall.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The apartments were decent but the staff of the building were rude and unhelpful.

* Food:

We lived in a city and therefore had several options for locations to dine. My favorite place is called "Orbit" and is a rotating resturant at the top of the skytower.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Auckland is a generally safe city. I never felt uncomfortable or unsafe when walking.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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? We had no meal plan so food was definitely an expense. Trying not to eat out often definitely helped to save money. Travelling was also a major expense, but staying in hostels or camping helped to keep the cost down.

Other Program Information

* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? If you love the outdoors and amazing landscapes this would definitely be the perfect program.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Pacific Music and Dance

Course Department: Pacific 110
Instructor: Marjorie Boaza
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This course was extremely fun. We learned dances from Samoa, Tonga, and the Cook Islands and music from Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Fiji. It was an amazing cultural experience and easily my favorite class.
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Introduction to Spoken Maori

Course Department: Maori 103
Instructor: Hone Sadler
Instruction Language: English and Maori
Comments: This course was extremely, extremely difficult, but also a great experience. The class was held in the meeting house on the school's Marae and the professor was very friendly.
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Beginners Spanish 1

Course Department: Spanish 104
Instructor: Omar Silverio-Anica
Instruction Language: English and Spanish
Comments: The course was a basic language course and was very similar to language courses in the states. The professor was knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
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Pacific Languages and Worldviews

Course Department: Pacific 105
Instructor: Melenaite Taumoefolau
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The course was not the most interesting course but the professors were extremely helpful and wanted the class to pass. The tutor was great and was very useful.
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