NZ is amazing Past Review

By (Geography, Middlebury College) - abroad from 02/18/2015 to 06/16/2015 with

University of Otago, New Zealand: Study Abroad Programme

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
gained experience hiking, camping, planning trips, finding my way around a new place, figuring things out without help from my parents.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Big classes, sometimes rotating professors, light workload, not that much class time

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

my kiwi host was great - helped us find our way around campus, advised us on classes, etc. host program was usually responsive to requests/concerns about our flat. they hosted some social gatherings for international students.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

stayed in a 6 person flat. got pretty cold in winter because of bad insulation.

* Food:

cooked for myself. food can be a bit expensive.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

pretty similar culture to the U.S.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

required insurance is around $200. student healthcare covered by insurance. much better than the U.S.

* Safety:

pretty safe city.

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)

depends on how much you travel.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $300-$400 (including buying a car, gas money, camping equipment)
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? extra weight for airplane luggage is expensive and so is shipping so don't bring too much


* 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
  • 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?
  • school wasn't stressful
  • lots of time to travel
* What could be improved?
  • housing
  • more integration with kiwi students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? wish i had known more about new zealand culture and people

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:

Roman Social History

Course Department: Classics
Instructor: Jon
Instruction Language: English
Comments: interesting class. professor was very knowledgeable about subject. no participation required - lecture only. assessed by 1 paper and 3 exams (including final).
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Environmental History of New Zealand

Course Department: Environmental Studies
Instructor: Tom Brookings
Instruction Language: English
Comments: some interesting topics, but overall kind of boring class. rotating professors, all knowledgeable on specific topics. can participate in discussion sections, but not really required. assessed by papers (best 2 of 5) and final exam. learned a lot through writing the papers.
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Resource Evaluation and Planning

Course Department: Geography
Instructor: Sean Connelly
Instruction Language: English
Comments: 3 main professors, all knowledgeable on their specific topics. lecture style. labs required participation but were very easy.assessed by two papers and one final exa.
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Music Technology

Course Department: Music
Instructor: John Egenes
Instruction Language: English
Comments: easy class, but required lots of time to create music clips/remixes. assessed by one test and three independent music projects. teachers weren't that helpful.
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