The Way of the Kiwi Past Review

By (International Marketing., University of Vermont) - abroad from 06/28/2012 to 11/20/2012 with

ISA Study Abroad in Christchurch, New Zealand

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about myself as well as how people perceive me and where I'm from. It was well worth it!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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 on-campus apartment style. Very close proximity to everyone so it's easy to meet people when you first arrive

* Food:

Bought my own

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The accidental health care in NZ is amazing! They cover everything

* Safety:

If you don't mind earthquakes...

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)

Despite the exchange rate the cost of living is a bit higher than what I'm used to

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try out a new diet to accommodate for cheaper food


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
  • Hostel
* 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?
  • Bridging Cultures Week
  • How laid back kiwis are
  • Driving around the country
* What could be improved?
  • Better coordinate courses/credit
  • More leniency on housing choices
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish that I knew how much I love traveling and meeting new people from various cultures and backgrounds because now its all I want to do...

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'