Time of My Life October 06, 2019

By (University of New Hampshire) - abroad from 02/09/2019 to 06/20/2019 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained so much from my experience abroad. I learned to appreciate and respect so many different cultures and I gained a tremendous amount of independence. I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and grew from that in so many different ways. This experience was more than worthwhile and I left with so many memories that I will cherish forever.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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

Choosing TEAN as my program was one of the best decisions I made. Their staff helped me with every step of the way and made the entire process easy and stress free. If I ever had any questions, I know they were only a quick phone call or email away. They were very organized and truly wanted to give every single person the best experience they possibly could.

Finances

* 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? I spent about $25 on groceries/food every week and about $50 on weekend trips (give or take where we were going). Camping/hiking trips were cheaper than other trips. This accounts mostly for gas and food.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I would start saving your money as soon as you can. It is always better to have more because you don't want to be stressed out about running low. Making a monthly budget is also a great way to save money and to keep track of your spending.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Pre-semester Orientation
  • The monthly lunches and excursions
  • The farewell dinner
* What could be improved?
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The program staff did an amazing job of preparing us for our big trip which left me with no surprises.

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.