I left New Zealand more independent, more confident and with the greatest friends. Past Review

By (Education and Psychology, Rutgers University - New Brunswick/Piscataway) for

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was the best experience I have ever had. If I was to go abroad on an American program again I would chose The Education Abroad Network however, I would rather go without a program next time, which several of my friends did. Doing this would save hundreds of dollars but I only recommend that for people who have already gone abroad though. After my semester abroad I spent two months traveling through Southeast Asia and India which I would not have been prepared to do before my semester in New Zealand. I became a real traveler and want to spend the rest of my life traveling.

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.

At my home university I am a pretty big book warm and I also tend to have very overloaded schedules. At Auckland University I was only taking four classes and they three of them were at the first year level. Therefore my classes were not very difficult however I did find the grading system to be more difficult then my home university. The work load was very manageable and I was still able to receive a B+ in all of my classes even though I spent almost every single weekend traveling. I would not have been able to get those grades in America with out working every weekend but then again I was only taking easy level courses. I enjoyed having more than one lecturer for each course in New Zealand because it made the classes more exciting.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Orientation was a great way to make friends and the program size was small enough to connect to people with out feeling too intimidated. There were students from the program at universities all over New Zealand, it was great being able to have a place to crash when we traveled. The leaders were incredible knowledgeable about everything from social life in New Zealand to New Zealand academics to American higher education. They were incredible helpful before I left America but once I was settled in I did not need support or services from my program.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The housing arrangement was the best part pf my entire experience. I loved living with people from all over the world. All items were provided for me, sheets, cookware, tv and internet. The one complaint I could think of is that it was a far walk to nightlife. We had plenty of parties in our flats to make up for not going out but because of housing rules and noise complaints the parties had to end early. It was also twenty minute walk from university was annoying when it rained.

* Food:

We had to buy our own food which I was happy about because I enjoy cooking and it made me feel more independent. I never went out to eat because it was too pricey but I loved the weekend farmer markets and i did most of my food shopping in the Asian markets.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The presemester trip to Fiji and the orientation in New Zealand was great. We had an option to do a spring break trip however by then I had made plenty of friends who I chose to travel on my own with.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

New Zealand is an incredibly safe city and I never felt unsafe.

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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  • Apartment
  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? New Zealand is an amazing place if you love the outdoors. It is a very different experience than you will have in Europe because it is all about the outdoors rather than cities.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Kapa Haka

Course Department: Maori studies
Instructor: Angie
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This was a really fun course. I could never take anything like it at my home university in the States. It was a fun cultural experience and it was also a good way to make other American friends. It met once a week for three hours and we had a dinner break in the middle of the course. We also had a recital at the end which my friends came to watch.
Credit Transfer Issues: It is not transferring as a liberal arts class and is just being transfered as empty credits. I'm the only person I know having these issues though.