Life Changing! Past Review

By (Finance, University of Tulsa) - abroad from 02/16/2015 to 06/30/2015 with

IFSA: Auckland - University of Auckland

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Definitely worth while, but it made me appreciate the american school system so much more. TU definitely has a much better sense of community

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.

Great school, rigorous courses but do-able courses, help available if needed! Auckland Uni was a commuter school which did make it more difficult to meet locals

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

IFSA Butler is the BEST program to choose if going to New Zealand. All my friends wish they had been with my program!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved flat life! If going to auckland, do NOT choose Unilodge- Parnell is the place to be! All the locals live there! Unilodge is 100% american.

* Food:

NZ is not known for their food...

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Lots of things to do, but can be hard to meet people as Auckland is a commuter uni.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I got strep during, and getting treatment was super easy. Right on campus!

* Safety:

Super safe!

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 was actually cheaper than here.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 50


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • International 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?
  • Meeting new people
  • Traveling
  • Taking classes from different persepctive
* What could be improved?
  • None
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known that you can only take 4 classes in NZ before hitting max credit hours... That would have been nice to know....

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!