Not to be Forgotten March 17, 2020

By (University of Iowa) - abroad from 06/28/2019 to 11/11/2019 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to be independent. My whole traditional support system was quite literally on the other side of the world with a large time difference. If I ever had an issue, I was always able to contact my RA with TEAN and they would always provide a plethora of information to keep me prepared

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?

I had issues with my first flat assignment, and they fixed it right away in a place that I was comfortable in and fit in well with.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

It was super accessible and easy to use

* Safety:

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

Dunedin was amazing, with great access to the reason why I went to New Zealand in the first place: the outdoors. Fiordland is a short trip away, so is Mount Cook National Park. There are plenty of options of hikes around Dunedin, including Mount Cargill which is about a 10 minute drive outside the city center. The Otago Peninsula has so many beautiful beaches and the little blue penguins are the cutest ever.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Find deals, even though eating out is good, you are able to save a lot of money by staying in, and you can make friends and cook together

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
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Orientation and getting to know people who would be all around New Zealand
  • The support staff on ground in New Zealand was always willing to help
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish that I had reached out to my Kiwi Host before arriving, then I could have gotten some non-vital information about my specific flat (ex: culture of the flat, if he tended to socialize with the flats around the one we would be living in etc.).

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.