An eye-opening and unexpected experience Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 02/29/2016 to 06/03/2016 with

University of Otago, New Zealand: Study Abroad Programme

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Independence, personal growth, practical skills, traveling skills

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.

* 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? $100-200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Go to $3 lunches! Make batches of food that last the week


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
* 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?
  • Friends
  • Classes
  • New Zealand
* What could be improved?
  • Kiwi host
  • Exam period
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It is so necessary to get a car!

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:

Personal Health Education

Course Department: Education
Instructor: Kelli Te Maiharoa
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Not very challenging but standards were unclear
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Psychology of Sport

Course Department: PHSE
Instructor: Ken Hodge
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Great class! Ken is an awesome professor and I learned a lot.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Cells to Systems

Course Department: Anatomy
Instructor: Susan Hammond
Instruction Language: English
Comments: More difficult than expected. Great lab experience with access to human prosections.
Credit Transfer Issues: No
Course Name/Rating:

Exercise Metabolism

Course Department: PHSE
Instructor: Nancy Rehrer
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Challenging course with a lot of information. So interesting! The lab component was awesome and we were our own participants. Nancy wasn't the best professor but she cares a lot about the subject.
Credit Transfer Issues: A little but it was approved in the end