Windy Wellington and Student Budgets Past Review

By (HISTORY., Austin College) - abroad from 02/19/2012 to 07/05/2012 with

IFSA: Wellington - Victoria University of Wellington

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained self-confidence, independance and great friends and adventures. It was definately worthwhile, even the dealing with homesickness.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The courses were very indepth and the library resources for research were particularly amazing.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were always nice and organized and willing to help.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

the international housing was impressive. the only downside of our house was that the dryer was not always cooperative.

* Food:

It was self catered. So, quality realy depended on the mood of the chef.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

We had a fantastic kiwimate (native new zealand host) who lived with us but being isolated from other Kiwis was problematic.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

the campus system was effective.

* Safety:

We had no issued.

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)

The hardest part was figuring out how to budget food. Take advantage of the weekly farmers markets.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $75
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try not to eat out or go drinking too often. It really puts a dent in the budget.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the planned trips
  • the ability to plan trips for myself
  • orientation
* What could be improved?
  • information on housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That AIFS gives their students money for food, but less support and fewer trips.