New Zealand- Where do I begin? And when can I return?? Incredible and fulfilling. Past Review

By (Equine Business, West Texas A&M University) for

Massey University - Palmerston North: Palmerston North - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes. I grew and changed in so many ways for the better. I also struggled while abroad, which in turn made me even more independent and stronger. A beautiful experience in a lovely country.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

First time I was ever graded on a bell curve- hated it! Much more difficult than american universities.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

My only regret was taking too few clothes. My adviser told me to pack one suitcase that was HALF full. She said I would end up shopping abroad anyway. Well I didn't- it was VERY expensive, so I never had enough clothes :/

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Staying in University provided flats meant roughing it! We had very little provided for us, ended up having to buy a lot of cutlery, pots, pans, and general kitchen items.

* Food:

NZ has FANTASTIC food!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I LOVED our pre-departure trip to Fiji. Absolutely fantastic, one of the most memorable experiences of my life. And local activities such as canyoning, kayaking and rock climbing were amazing.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt VERY safe on my campus, mainly because it was secluded from the main city of Palmerston North.

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)

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Their helpfulness and communication skills.
  • Punctuality and friendliness of staff.
  • Timely help and communication.
* What could be improved?
  • I dont have a single negative thing to say about it.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I think someone who wants to have an adventure would be the best type of person for this program. This program is all about pushing your limits a little.