My Time in New Zealand January 23, 2018

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 07/19/2017 to 11/18/2017 with

The University of Auckland: Auckland - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much about Māori and New Zealand culture. I also learned about some ways in which the United States can improve, especially in education.

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.

The courses at the University of Auckland were not as intense as the courses at Wellesley since the classes were too large to be mostly discussion based. However, the content of the courses were just as rigorous as the courses at my home university.

* 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:

Auckland and New Zealand in general are very safe! Crime does occur but at much lower rates than most large cities. I always felt safe walking to my classes and back home on my own.

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

I loved my time in Auckland! The classes at uni were so interesting, and I love how close the city is to beautiful places. I also got to travel all throughout New Zealand. which was the adventure of my life. I am so grateful that I got to participate in this program.

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)

Auckland is a very expensive place to live. I paid $500 NZD (about $367 USD) every two weeks for university housing. Groceries were about $80 NZD (about $60 usd) every week.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Budget in advance!

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • 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
  • 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?
  • Travelling
  • Courses
  • Meeting people from New Zealand and around the globe
* What could be improved?
  • Helping students budget
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That Auckland is an expensive place to live.