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By (Kenyon College) - abroad from 06/06/2017 to 11/17/2017 with

IFSA: Wellington - Victoria University of Wellington

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learned how to live immersed in a new society and culture! Was 100% worthwhile

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Lived in university housing with 11 other international students! Had an amazing time and my flatmates became some of best friends!

* Food:

Meals plan was self-catered

* 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

IFSA did an amazing job from the orientation to the trips throughout the semester to the closing dinner!


* 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)

Join the grocery savings cards for amazing savings and shop at farmers markets for cheap produce!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Look for student deals and try to join membership clubs for discounted pricing at grocery stores!


* 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?
  • Planned Trips
  • Weekly Catch-ups
  • Orientation
* What could be improved?
  • Packing list provided for orientation
  • Clearer information on foreign cell phone options
  • Clearer information on foreign bank account options
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You are not going to get to travel everywhere you want to so make the best of the trips you do go on and don't worry about the ones that never came to fruition!

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.