New Zealand: I Will Return Again Past Review

By (Geography and Cartography., Western Washington University) for

ISA Study Abroad in Wellington, New Zealand

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, very much so! I lived in France for 7 month in high school, but this was completely different. I would love to live and work outside the USA now, and hope to potentially study (maybe even go to grad school) aboard again.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Victoria University of Wellington
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The grading system in New Zealand is bassed on an average of 50%, so an A is anywhere from 100% to 85%, B is 85% to 75%, and so on. Instructors also grade more rigorously than those in the US, so it took a little time to get used to getting lower percent grades on assignments but still having about the same letter grade as usual.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The programme at the beginning was wonderful, but they just kind of left us alone once we were in the University setting, whereas a few other programmes had weekly adventures. There are pros and cons to both styles though.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Vegetarian and gluton free options.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

My programme didn't arrange any trips after the initial orientation, but I did travel all over the North Island with friends, and did sections of the South Island with my family.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Wellington was an extremely safe city and the hospital and healthcare system were great as well. I never felt unsafe walking around at any time of day in Wellington.

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)


If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • International Students
  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Flexibility over the term
  • Could go where I wanted and see what i wanted to see
  • No specific time commitments
* What could be improved?
  • Longer orientation
  • More housing with local students
  • At least one mid-semester get together/trip
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? This programme was pretty good, they took care of most of the paperwork and their website was easy to use. I would recommend this programme to more outgoing, independent students who are fairly good at meeting people.


Thanks, Ian, for your feedback! We'll be sure to take this into consideration for future students. We're so glad you LOVED Australia!

Anonymous April 19, 2012