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By (Business Information Management, University of Colorado - Boulder) - abroad from 07/04/2012 to 11/08/2012 with

ISA Study Abroad in Wellington, New Zealand

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained so much. The most important thing is the ability to handle challenging situations as a group, and when I was by myself. I travelled alone for a month, including a week of hitch-hiking alone around New Zealand. I had to handle lots of tough situations on my own, and I'm more mature because of it.

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.

Easy classes, transferred back to CU as pass-fail!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

House with 2 Americans and a "Kiwimate" who was supposed to show us around but didn't do much... It was fine, good size kitchen for entertaining.

* Food:

Eat like a local! There are weekly farmers' markets and some great cheap restaurants. Find Abrakebabra for some delicious kebabs.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Tramping Club (Backpacking) allowed me to make tons of Kiwi friends. Weekly social events and trips were awesome. Don't always hang out with the people you came to NZ with - you're there to meet new people!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

No issues

* Safety:

Wellington is very safe; didn't hear of any issues.

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)

You can live cheaply, but you should travel a LOT while here. Rent a van and cook your own food. Camp. Shop at grocery stores, and make the longer walk to larger stores.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Travel around New Zealand
  • Transitioning into life abroad
  • Making friends from around the world
* What could be improved?
  • Continuing events in first month of program
  • Keeping in touch after program end
  • Other special benefits/perks
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I agonized over where in the world to go, only to realize that it doesn't matter. Travelling is amazing, period. I also learned that you can be whoever you want while abroad, so experiment with a "new you!"