A wonderful place to spend time outdoors Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 07/06/2019 to 11/09/2019 with

University of Otago: Dunedin - Summer School

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about New Zealand culture and the landscape. It was a worthwhile experience to live in another country that isn't too culturally different, but allowed me to feel comfortable enough to make local friends and participate in local clubs.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

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:

Difficult to provide for own 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

Loved the housing experience and outdoor activities


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 150


* 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

  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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?
  • People
  • Housing
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • Preparation before arriving
  • grants to make it more affordable
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I went with a program instead of directly enrolling

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

environmental history of new zealand

Course Department: ENVI
Instruction Language:
Credit Transfer Issues: