The best semester I've had, I don't want to go home. December 04, 2018

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 07/02/2018 to 11/11/2018 with

IFSA: Dunedin - University of Otago

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was worth wile, gained a lot of really good friends and memories.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* 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

I should have stayed

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)

Food and gas is your biggest expense. Since every ting to see in NZ is a drive from Dunedin you are going to want to spend the money but be sure to budget it out because it will be your biggest expense.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 120$
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Shop at Pack N' Save. Eat beans and ramen.

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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  • 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?
  • The freedom
  • diversity of activity
  • Culture of the school
* What could be improved?
  • Not much
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish i budgeted out money better for especially the first weeks there as I sent more than I thought.

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

The World Economy

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Arlene Ozanne
Instruction Language: English
Comments: I participated less than at home as it was a much larger class and we were assessed from exams.
Credit Transfer Issues: Not yet but everything so far has been fine.