New Zealand is a wonderful place to explore the history of the world, all while speaking english! Past Review

By (Psychology, SUNY - Buffalo) for

The University of Auckland: Auckland - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
YES! without this experience i would be a different person!

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 grading system was a little different but it was easy to get used to. The University courses were more seminar style courses and involved a greater amount of essays and group work but I found that to be more stimulating.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The study abroad office was very helpful during our first weeks and were always there to help with any questions

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Housing was great. They gave you bedding and pillows so you don't have to travel with them. Everyone had their own room and I shared a bathroom with four or five other people. There was a common area for each floor to hang out. The food was great and the staff was very helpful

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

New Zealand is awesome! I would recommend taking a Maori history class to learn about their native culture. Explore while you are there! I tried to make my way around most of the North and South island. I rented a van with a fellow study abroad student and traveled for two weeks. we even skydived!

* 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


* 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)

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Be adventurous!