Taking a Plunge in New Zealand Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 02/24/2020 to 06/17/2020 with

University of Otago, New Zealand: Study Abroad Programme

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned to really go out of my comfort zone and be open to try anything.

Review Photos

University of Otago: Dunedin - Direct Enrollment & Exchange Photo

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 loved my study abroad experience even though it was cut short!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

My program was very helpful and was always there if I needed help!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The housing was great and if there was something broken they would quickly fix it! Also, roommate selection was very good!

* Food:

We bought our own food, but since the grocery was nearby it was delicious!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The New Zealander's were very welcoming and I was able to join a few clubs!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Health care was really accessible. When my flatmate hurt her hand we went to the hospital and she was stitched up and given meds really easily with just some paperwork. No cost!

* Safety:

I felt very safe!

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

I loved it and I had so much fun!


* 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)

If I wanted to join outdoorsy clubs, the trips were rather expensive. If that wasn't something that I wanted then I could've lived off of a student's budget.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I think I would spend like $100 every week if I didn't eat at restaurants or not go on outdoor trips, like camping. Sometimes I would spend over $150.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you want to go on adventures than you will have to be willing to spend some money. Since I am a big advocator for exploring the region you are studying, I am all for spending a little extra money.


* 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?

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  • 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?
  • The people
  • The canoe club
  • my religion and behavior class
* What could be improved?
  • If I had more time there
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that there would be so many options for exploring the region because then I would have saved more money.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Religion and Behavior

Course Department: Religion
Instructor: Professor White
Instruction Language: English
Credit Transfer Issues: