I became more myself in New Zealand Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 02/18/2018 to 06/15/2019 with

University of Otago, New Zealand: Study Abroad Programme

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much about myself: what makes me happy, who I want to spend time with, and how much I love to travel.

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

International student adviser Very helpful when I needed to go home for a week in making sure I would not fall behind in my studies

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

House was good - my flatmates became my best friends. They did a great job in putting us together

* Food:

My first time on my own for food - no dining hall

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Playing on unit soccer team helped , along with kiwi host

* 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

Made my best friends. Learned how to surf. Backpacked all the time. my favorite memories.


* 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? $50 USD
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy groceries wth flatmates


* 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

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local 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?
  • Kiwi host in international student living
  • Geographical access to outdoors
  • The people
* What could be improved?
  • Academic help for international students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Not to stress about seeing everything and traveling as much as possible because your experience is your own.

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:


Course Department: Music
Instructor: Chapman
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Teacher very passipnate
Credit Transfer Issues: No
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Sociology of nz society

Course Department: Sociology
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Grading was challenging but material interesting
Credit Transfer Issues: No - counts for my major too
Course Name/Rating:

Nz cinema

Course Department: Mfco
Instructor: Thornley
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Teacher very knowledgeable and great way to learn about nz culture
Credit Transfer Issues: No
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Gender 101

Course Department: Gender
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Perfect course! Great material.
Credit Transfer Issues: No