Things in New Zealand are never rushed Past Review

By (Communication Disorders Sciences and Services., University of Arkansas - Fayetteville) for

ISA Study Abroad in Auckland, New Zealand

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, I learned so much about myself and have changed in more ways than one. I have a better understand of how sometimes life just needs to be taken slower- New Zealand never has the "rush" aspect to life. It's different yet amazing.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks
The term and year this program took place: Spring 2010

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I took a class that made me evaluate myself so differently and shape me into a better person.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very helpful during the first weeks we were here, and embraced out cultural experience when we went to Rotorua, New Zealand for our cultural and adventure program.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

It was a 5 person flat, and every one had their own rooms. It was co-ed, and we all shared the kitchen, living room, and bathroom. <br /><br /> WSA student apartments- Very spacious and close to campus

* Food:

Long walk to the grocery store

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Loved it!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Safe and if someone got sick, on campus doctors helped, and it was included in our student fees!

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? At least fifty dollars a week...
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Bring more money than you think


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
Language acquisition improvement?


Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You will love it-- go to anywhere in New Zealand

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Te Ara Pou

Course Department: Te Ara Poutama
Instructor: Jason King
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Best course I have ever taken! You learn so much about life and how to take full advantage of every opportunity it brings you.
Credit Transfer Issues: No, it was an elective. Take this course!
Course Name/Rating:

New Zealand Culture and Society

Course Department: Te Ara Poutama
Instructor: Teena Brown
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Interesting and based off of projects
Credit Transfer Issues: No, I had it approved for a humanities credit.
Course Name/Rating:

Asian and Pacific Issues

Course Department: Social Sciences
Instructor: Jane Verbitsky
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Pretty hard but learned a lot
Credit Transfer Issues: No, it was an elective. If you don't have to take it, it's not worth the effort.
Course Name/Rating:

Family Violence Theory and Practice

Course Department: Human Sciences
Instructor: Caroline Day
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Loved this course- group discussions were a lot of the class time.
Credit Transfer Issues: No troubles transferring.