An Awesome Semester Exploring the South Island June 13, 2017

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 02/13/2017 to 06/22/2017 with

IFSA: Dunedin - University of Otago

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to make the most of my time and to seek out adventure whenever possible.

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.

Rarely did school work on weekends, fewer assignments, large emphasis on finals.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

It was a really nice support network to have in case you needed it, but not sure many people utilized it.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The flats are awesome -- really nice and good experience living with kiwi hosts and other international students.

* Food:

It was fun to cook for myself. The food is pretty expensive, especially produce in the winter.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

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* 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)

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International 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?
  • Travelling
  • Flatting
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew a bit more about the weather in Dunedin! Wouldn't have changed my decision to study here, but definitely need more winter than summer clothes.

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MAOR102

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EURO202

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HIST107

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CRIM201

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