Experience New Zealand April 15, 2015

By (Environmental Science, University of Vermont) - abroad from 06/26/2015 to 11/09/2015 with

IFSA: Dunedin - University of Otago

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Definitely worthwhile. I experienced things outside of my comfort zone, made new friends, and had so many once in a lifetime adventures.

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

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Housing was standard; however very cold in the winter months with no heating or insulation.

* Food:

I made most of my own meals.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Lots of opportunity.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Finances

* 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? Around $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Prioritize what you are willing to spend your money on.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Staff was amazing and always so helpful. Sian, our program director was such a motherly figure that was nice to have so far from home. IFSA Butler had a fabulous staff that I cannot thank enough.
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Weather, what to pack.

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.