What an Adventure! Past Review

By (Emmanuel College (Massachusetts)) - abroad from 02/08/2016 to 07/01/2016 with

The Education Abroad Network (TEAN): Wellington - Victoria University of Wellington

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Through my study abroad experience with TEAN, I learned that the world is a much larger place than I imagined. I learned about entirely new cultures that I had never learned about in America and I actually learned a lot about the States as well. I got to do so many exciting and adventurous things that I wouldn't have been able to do otherwise, like zorbing or piloting a plane!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

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?

New Zealand was the first time I ever lived in an apartment, and it was nice that TEAN essentially handled it all for me while I just had to focus on getting there. I had two awesome flatmates from different parts of the world and it was a great way to meet people.

* Food:

New Zealand food is great, especially their deserts-- I basically lived off of Whittaker's chocolate the whole time I was there. They also have farmers markets around the city year round!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Everyone is very nice and welcoming toward foreigners in Wellington!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Although I never had any health issues in NZ, I had a few friends who did and TEAN was very helpful in getting them the support they needed.

* Safety:

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

I can't imagine studying abroad with anyone but TEAN. They were so helpful through every step of the process and the website/application is so easy to use. They gave me all the tools I needed to be a successful student while 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)

Living on an island country can be expensive at times, but I did most of my grocery shopping at the farmers market and that was always super cheap!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • 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?
  • Accessability of staff members
  • User-friendly website/application process
  • The help and support that was given to me as my departure from the US got closer
* What could be improved?
  • Adding even more activites for students once in the host city
  • Introducing a host family stay
  • Providing more information on the effects of coming back home
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had known how much I would desperately want to stay in NZ forever (or at least for an additional semester).

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.