Best Time Ever Past Review

By (Religious and Environmental studies, Eckerd College) - abroad from 06/26/2012 to 11/30/2012 with

ISA Study Abroad in Dunedin, New Zealand

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned too much to put in words, you will have to go find out for yourself! All I will say is that my core values are the same, but I am a new person who has grown and matured in my time away.

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.

awesome school, a bit too big for my liking, but I passed all my classes and got the credit and had a wonderful experience in a new place!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt apart of the culture, but wish I tried to make local friends more!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I always felt safe in the city of Dunedin

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 living is more expensive, but our dollar is worth more. It can get expensive when you go on trips every weekend and do extra curricular activities but it is soooooo worth the money.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make money before you come! It is well worth saving each penny so you can do amazing stuff in New Zealand


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • 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?
  • People
  • Places
  • New Adventures
* What could be improved?
  • more integration with locals
  • intro to extra curricular school activities
  • nothing else
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I don't think I could change anything, maybe that it was SO cold!

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.