Epic Adventure in the Mountains Past Review

By (Economics, Middlebury College) - abroad from 02/04/2015 to 06/18/2015 with

University of Otago, New Zealand: Study Abroad Programme

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Gained living under a roof with friends. Better understood how to learn productively. And how to make time for the important things.

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.

It was a great university. I learned a lot!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Great the coordinator was incredibly helpful!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Lived in a flat with 3 other international students and one kiwi host!

* Food:

Nothing super special. Just grocery stores (received a stipend every month)

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There wasn't a whole lot of "culture" in Dunedin, but i definitely got in touch with the wild - probably more than ever!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Incredibly safe. Everyone is helpful and kind

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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)

NZ is a bit expensive.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $130
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Find a cheap grocery store and a cheap gas station.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Accessibility
  • The Outdoors
  • The Size of the City (not too big)
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Put yourself out there and go on the trip or do the thing.

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:

Understanding Accounting

Course Department:
Instructor: Nicola Beatson
Instruction Language: English
Credit Transfer Issues:
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Calculus of Several Variables

Course Department:
Instructor: Joerg Frauendiener
Instruction Language: English
Credit Transfer Issues:
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Maori Performing Arts

Course Department:
Instructor: Karyn Paringatai
Instruction Language: English
Credit Transfer Issues:
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Behavioural Economics

Course Department:
Instructor: Trent Smith
Instruction Language: English
Credit Transfer Issues: