New Zealand: Made me grow and change in a great way. Past Review

By (Sociology., Cardinal Stritch University) for

ISA Study Abroad in Wellington, New Zealand

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was very worth while! I gained confidence in myself. I was able to bring back more information about New Zealand ( I didn't realize how many people didn't even know where it was)

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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.

The work load was manageable and lecturers would put most of their slides/notes online for students to access. The tutorials were new to me. Tutorials are very important to go to; it is where most of the assignments are assigned and review sessions take place. Grading system is a bit different a 50% was a C so that was a bit to get used to. The grading, however, is about the same as it is in the states. The same amount of effort and skill of work is expected out of the students.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

When I arrived at Victoria University I was greeted by the international office right away. They were very helpful throughout the entire transfer and understanding of the situation that I had been in. I arrived at the Uni a week after classes had started and had no idea where I was living. All of that was set up by the time that I arrived. This took a lot of stress off my shoulders. I was very great-full for all the people in the international office that helped me through the process.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

The dorm provided a vegetarian and meat meal at every scheduled meal time. The food is what anyone would expect from a dorm.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Memorable events: I traveled down to Queenstown by myself and I felt so safe there, being a girl I was able to walk by myself at night and not feel insecure. This is a very safe country. Cuba Street and Courtney Place are places that we would go to almost every weekend and on Wednesdays for student nights. I went to Hokitika and went to the wild foods festival with some friends I made during the first week of school and made a new friend on the trip and we remained close friends for the duration of the semester. We all still speak to each other at least once a week to keep in touch. Traveled over to Australia for the two week break from class with some friends I made. While I was in Wellington and Queenstown I took tours of where Lord of the Rings was filmed and I would suggest seeing a film at the Embassy theater. That is where LOTR premiered and it is also a breathtaking theater. A great activity to do with friends and within walking distance from anywhere on campus. In Queenstown I bungy jumped of the Kawarau Bridge (another location that LOTR was filmed).

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Felt very safe and felt secure walking around by myself. There were not any vaccines specifically for this program.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I was on a meal plan at the dorm but for random snacks I spent maybe $15-$20 (NZ dollars. Personal expenses I spent roughly around $30-$60.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Even though the US dollar may be stronger New Zealand is a relatively expensive country. For example a liter of milk can cost between $2.50 - $4. Be aware of how much you spend. Make a list of what you spend each day and keep mental notes of what you maybe can cut out of the expenses.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

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A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The location
  • security- I felt safe walking at night by myself. The program also has a 24 hour calling service if there are any questions or concerns.
  • education offered
* What could be improved?
  • better communication during natural disaster
  • let the student have an option of where they want to live in the case of a natural disaster if it is possible
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Be open minded to all that can occur. I believe this program can benefit all students in any major.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

History and Criticism of Film

Course Department: Film 231
Instructor: Dr. Miriam Ross
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The teacher was very knowledgeable and very easy to get in touch with if there were any questions about assignments. There was minor class participation. It was a three hour class; we would watch a movie for the first have and then have a lecture on the era and the importance of the film. I found it challenging because I am not a film major and intro to film might have helped.
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

Sociology of Power, Knowledge and Understanding

Course Department: SOSC 214
Instructor: Kathy Stuart
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was a challenging enough class that it kept me engaged and interested. The teacher brought in many speakers to discuss the different topics studied; she did lecture at least 3 or 4 classes. She was knowledgeable and easy to contact for questions and understanding about the transfer. I participated in class tutorials that were very helpful for the course and able to get more out of the lecture.
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Sociology of Everyday Life

Course Department: SOSC 216
Instructor: Mike Floyd
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The course was educational and I learned a lot about the mundane activities and conversations that occur on a daily basis. The professor was engaging and lectures were not boring. It was a very relate-able course. I enjoyed it.
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