Discoring the outdoors in New Zealand Past Review

By (COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES., Brandeis University) - abroad from 02/18/2013 to 07/02/2013 with

ISA Study Abroad in Auckland, New Zealand

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Most definitely. It was a lot of fun and it was great to see so many different cultures together.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Mostly good, but was a bit confusing getting everything ready.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Full kitchen

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Living in international housing so not that many locals

* 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


* 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)

Auckland is an expensive city. But can be done cheaply.

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? don't go out to bars a lot


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Clubs
  • Country
  • ORientation program
* What could be improved?
  • Prepping before we leave
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The country is very expensive for everything

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.