Incredible Experience! November 16, 2020

By (University of Arizona) - abroad from 02/09/2020 to 03/29/2020 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
What made this experience worthwhile was the people I got to know. Even though my program was cut short I still made some life-long friends during my two months in NZ.

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?

* 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

Even though my program was cut short due to COVID-19, I still had an amazing time in Wellington. The people are super friendly and Vic is a great school to study at. The city of Wellington is amazing and the food/cafe scene is incredible. Wellington is also is home to the only professional soccer team in NZ so even though rugby is king there, I highly recommend going to a Wellington Phoenix match. TEAN did an amazing job catering to the students and I always felt like if I ever needed anything I could count on them. After we had to go home early due to the pandemic, they were very transparent and made sure we got back home safe. Best part about this program is the week long orientation in Queenstown. Not only do you get a chance to get to know other students in your program, but you have the opportunity to explore one of the most beautiful places on earth. If you're thinking about studying abroad in Wellington, or anywhere in New Zealand, I highly recommend going through TEAN.

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)

Food can get a little pricy but if you have 3-5 flat mates like I did, communal dinners are a good way to save money

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
* 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?
  • Orientation in Queenstown
  • Living in Wellington
* What could be improved?
  • N/A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How good the cafes are in Wellington. Would have brought more money for coffee and lattes

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.