New Zealand: A Growing Experience Past Review

By (ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS., University of the Pacific) for

USAC New Zealand: Massey University - Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Absolutely. I made some really good friends here and I'll be sad to leave them.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Massey University
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.

Workload was well balanced with free time. The grading system was different and that was hard to adjust to.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Support services were good.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

There were restrictions on how much food you could have.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Watching the rugby world cup

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

It's a safe country

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? $50
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? The cost of living in New Zealand is high.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The friends I was able to make
  • The experiences I had
  • The available support
* What could be improved?
  • More contact with USAC
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Be open to everything. You never know what opportunities and experiences will come your way. Surround yourself with good friends and you'll end up not wanting to go home. I had a wonderful, life-changing time here and I have absolutely no regrets.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Victorian Novel

Course Department: 139.307
Instructor: Steer
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Essays were challenging but were the material and emphasis taught were similar to courses at UOP.
Credit Transfer Issues: