A lot of fast food, dancing, and rowing Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 02/20/2016 to 06/24/2016 with

University of Otago, New Zealand: Study Abroad Programme

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I met Jordan, he's from Nelson. He said I can come back and visit him again some time soon. Yes, I enjoyed getting to know new people.

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:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I was not in need of any healthcare

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I did not chose a program, I enrolled directly to the university.


* 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? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Avoid KFC. Use coupons at Dominoes. $4.99 to $3.50 with coupons goes a long way.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+

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

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Other
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?
  • I could do what I want
  • I did not have to pay
* What could be improved?
  • courses should be Pass/Fail
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It's colder than you'd think down here in Dunedin.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Maori 108

Course Department: Maori Culture
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was a good course to understand the Maori society and it was a great course to get to know the people around campus. We were actively learning about the culture and the important events in maori history, as well as engaging in performing arts
Credit Transfer Issues: