Incredible experience of a lifetime. Past Review

By (Economics, Middlebury College) - abroad from 07/06/2015 to 11/06/2015 with

University of Otago, New Zealand: Study Abroad Programme

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was definitely worthwhile. Incredible, eye opening experience.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

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:

* 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


* 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? $125
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Spend wisely on food.


* 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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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Outdoor opportunities
* What could be improved?
  • Classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To bring hiking boots.

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:

International Trade

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Mariah Ehmke
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Not very challenging
Credit Transfer Issues: None
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Maori Society

Course Department: Maori
Instructor: Suzanne Duncan
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Not super challenging but very interesting.
Credit Transfer Issues: None
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Controversial Classics

Course Department: English
Instructor: Damian
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Not very interesting.
Credit Transfer Issues: None.
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New Zealand History

Course Department: History
Instructor: Neil Clayton
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Relatively challenging and interesting.
Credit Transfer Issues: None.