New Zealand is a second home now July 25, 2017

By (Washington State University) - abroad from 02/11/2017 to 06/23/2017 with

The Education Abroad Network (TEAN): Auckland - AUT University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My experience was a million percent worthwhile. I love New Zealand so much and I think about my experience, the country and all my friends everyday since being home. I learned so much about myself that I would not have learned without going abroad. My sense of adventure was cultivated in NZ and I am so happy with all I said 'yes' to in New Zealand regarding experiences and adventures. I am more thankful for the opportunity to go to New Zealand than I could ever express in words.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Location was good however for what I was paying to live there the amenities were old and getting things replaced took way too long for important items. The amount they did for free food was nice though.

* Food:

I loved the food in Auckland.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

TEAN took care of so much for us, introduced me to my life long friends at orientation, as well as provided a solid amount of mid-semester activities for us to participate in and these activities were some I would not have thought to do on my own which I really enjoyed.


* 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? 100+
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Pack your own lunches on out of town trips because that is where I spent the most money.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Meeting the best people through TEAN
  • Mid-Semester "free" outings
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
  • Integrating with the locals
  • Course Selection
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It's important to put your health first. Another important thing is to try your best to make your living space feel as much like home as you can. I wish I brought more personal items to decorate my room to remind me of home/surround myself in a personalized environment. You are only given the basics so sometimes it's hard to adjust to going from having your life all put together after 3 years of living at your home university going to a new place with a new room and common area.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.