The Best Part of My Undergraduate Education Past Review

By (Florida Atlantic University) - abroad from 02/08/2018 to 06/21/2018 with

The Education Abroad Network (TEAN): Dunedin - University of Otago

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to be proud of my own country while falling in love with another. I also learned to value life's beautiful moments and appreciate the Earth. Studying abroad was absolutely, 10000% worthwhile.

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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 class structure in New Zealand is quite different than in the States. Most course grades are made up from one or two essays and a final exam. This method is good for when you want to travel and put school on the back burner (shhh!), but can be somewhat stressful if you are one to rely on multiple items to make up an overall grade.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

TEAN's on-site staff exposed us to a few excursions around the city and were always available to give us tips throughout our travels!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved living with people from other countries! It was so much fun learning about the differences and similarities in our cultures and lingo. I lived with 2 Kiwis, 2 Canadians, and another American.

* Food:

I was able to cook any meal I wanted because we had a full kitchen in our flats. I was happy to have this arrangement because I like cooking and did not have to rely on a meal plan. The grocery store was a short and scenic walk through the botanical gardens from my flat. Dunedin is also home to the world's best (and cheapest) curries! At lunchtime, you could get a delicious butter chicken curry, naan bread, and a drink for only $10 NZD!!! Thanks to my diverse flatmates, I was able to try numerous foods that I never would have tried before at home, and now I'm obsessed with those foods and can't imagine living without them (i.e. sweet chili sauce, curry, cheese rolls, etc.)

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Living with locals allowed me to meet more people than I would have if I only lived with international students! Dunedin also offered numerous cultural events, from their Chinese New Year celebration to their ANZAC Day memorial.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The University of Otago provides Campus Watch officers to patrol the student area. You can always find them walking people home if they feel unsafe or if it is late; they are very friendly, helpful, and prioritize student safety.

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

TEAN was a great program! They offered pre-semester excursions and insights into my host country's history and culture. I really like how they're so environmentally concerned and promote earth-friendly ways of living. They greatly prepared us for what was expected as students in New Zealand. I loved the opportunities and support this program gave me throughout my time abroad.


* 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)

The U.S dollar has more value than New Zealand currency, so you actually spend less than you think. This can get tricky and things add up pretty quickly, especially excursions and trips. However, New Zealand is great because most things are free, such as hiking, visiting museums, visiting national parks, seeing wildlife, etc.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I got by on less than $20 per week for groceries.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* 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?
  • Available excursions
  • Promoting earth-friendly ways of living
  • Staff support
* What could be improved?
  • Better availability for coffee catch-ups
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew TEAN gave out water bottles so I wouldn't have had to pack one in my suitcase.