An Unforgettable Experience! February 01, 2019

By (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo) - abroad from 07/01/2019 to 11/22/2018 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Traveling abroad taught me to step out of my comfort zone. While in New Zealand, I did things I never thought I would do- from bungee jumping to solo road trips. This wasn't always easy, but completely worth it!

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* 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 made me feel welcomed in New Zealand from the moment I arrived in the Queenstown airport! I had never flew by myself before, and I was worried about navigating in a foreign airport. I was relieved to find a TEAN representative was waiting for me, along with others in my program, and made traveling from the airport to my orientation accommodation a breeze! This outstanding service continued throughout my time in New Zealand; a TEAN representative was always available to answer questions, catch up, and ensure my safety 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • I appreciated consistent programming ad "coffee catch ups" that gave me opportunities to reconnect with people in my program.
  • I am a very organized person, and TEAN was extremely organized!
* What could be improved?
  • I can not think of a part of the program that should be improved
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I knew TEAN was an excellent program that was known for it's orientation program, however I was still worried about the social aspects of first few weeks abroad. I should not have spent all of this time worrying, because TEAN integrated me into the program family immediately, and I never felt alone while in New Zealand!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.