New Zealand was actually fairytale August 26, 2019

By (University of New Hampshire) - abroad from 02/09/2019 to 06/30/2019 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?

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.

Grades are heavily weighted on few assignments. Professors are super lenient on extensions and understanding. You can tell the professors truly have a passion for the subjects they are teaching.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

We would meet around once a month for some social events to catch up and they made it clear they were there to help and encouraged a good time.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The University Hall housing conditions varied dramatically. No house is the same, but I feel like it adds character. You have to realize you are in college and are not going to be living luxuriously.

* Food:

I mostly cooked in my flat, but the few times I did go out to eat were great. There are loads of cute windows and hidden gems to discover. Food trucks are great too!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

My time mostly revolved around other international students with the exception of a few kiwi-mates and RAs.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

There were no vaccines that I needed for this program that I did not already have.

* Safety:

I always felt safe in Wellington. It is a city so it is always important to be cautious, but I never met anyone who had any incidents.

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

The close friends I made outside of my program told me about how jealous they were of the TEAN Program. TEAN gave us such a tight-knit crew


* 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)

Being smart about money was important. I would save money by cooking at home. I probably spent around $60 per grocery store run.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Walk when you can even though the hills are brutal. Try not to uber eats even though it is tempting. Cook most meals at home when you can!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

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