Wellington is dope. Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 03/01/2017 to 06/16/2017 with

Victoria University of Wellington: Wellington - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I generally got more experience being part of academia in a larger-university context. I felt like I constantly was comparing it to my experience with liberal arts at Middlebury.

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?

Vic's flats in Wellington are amazing. My flat overlooked most of the city which was amazing!

* 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

I really loved living in Wellington--a city with a lot happening all the time. My favorite parts were the random street festivals that popped up, a jumping off deck near the harbor, and biking around the city.


* 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)

2.5. It is easy to spend more $ than you would like to living in Wellington, but definitely also easy to live cheaply.


* 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

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Geophysics class
  • urban setting
  • more applied approach
* What could be improved?
  • Testing/ final exams
  • transparency with evaluations
  • smaller classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had only taken three courses instead of four because I thought I was expected to take 4 not three.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Eploration Geophysics

Course Department: Geophysics
Instructor: Stern
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This course was challenging but fairly applied. We got to use geophysical instruments in the field and also learn data processing and modeling. The exams were fairly challenging. Labs were awesome!
Credit Transfer Issues: Not really (I hope)