New Zealand Adventure Past Review

By (The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 07/01/2015 to 11/13/2015 with

University of Otago, New Zealand: Study Abroad Programme

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?

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.

I really enjoyed the University of Otago. Professors were very friendly and helpful.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I really enjoyed living in UniFlats. They were very helpful and friendly.

* Food:

The food is very similar to food in The United States.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Living at UniFlats really helped integrate with students from other cultures and gave me the opportunity to meet a lot of people.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I didn't need health care during my time abroad so I can not accurately answer this question.

* Safety:

I felt very safe at The University of Otago. There was always security on campus so I felt comfortable walking on campus at any time.

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)

New Zealand is very expensive. You can easily spend 100 New Zealand dollars on groceries a week. However if you get the bare minimum and make a lot of sandwiches/ ramen noodles/ etc. you could save money on groceries.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? about $100 USD. Rent was about USD$750/month (which is about $1000 New Zealand dollars at the time )
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you want to travel in New Zealand I recommend buying an old car with a group of people. You will save a lot of money on travel in the long run if you have a car. You can sell the car when you leave.


* 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? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?