An experience I will always cherish Past Review

By (Bachelor of Arts, Communications, San Diego State University) - abroad from 07/15/2013 to 11/13/2014 with

The Education Abroad Network (TEAN): Palmerston North - Massey University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
So many personal experience that is so hard to explain in just this review. So worthwhile and amazing!

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

Anita was so helpful and patient with all of the international students. Very welcoming and positive to all abroad student at Massey University Albany.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Buildcorp has it's positives and negatives. The Resident Assistants were pretty cool and friendly. Some of the maintenance could be improved, but overall the housing and everyone living in it were easy to get along with and live 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?

Student Verse is awesome with any pre conditions. With my asthma I received free inhalers.

* Safety:

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you are applying to an independent program that your host institution is not collaborated with financially. Apply for loans and scholarships in advance!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local 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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Pre Excursion trip
  • Students I met in the program
  • Staff were very helpful and friendly
* What could be improved?
  • Program fees
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I knew I needed to apply for loans for the program fee but didn't know how much. Wish they would have sent out the invoice sooner.