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University of Waikato

27 reviews
3.98 / 5 based on 27 reviews
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Monalisa T
National University of Samoa, Apia, Western Samoa
Geography, Undergraduate, scholarshiop
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
It is pretty nice everyone speaks english and they are really helpful if you are don't speak english. They provide tutorials and all.
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Monalisa T
National University of Samoa, Apia, Western Samoa
Geography, Undergraduate, scholarshiop
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Government assistance
Other sources of funding:
Family
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
Because back home everything is kind of old fashion unlike here they keep up with all the latest fashion and plus back in the Pacific Islands things go slow and i stayed with my family and plus we live on our own land unlike here we have to pay the rent and things. One thing about New Zealand is that it has four seasons so people need to buy the clothes and stuff. Back home the fares are really cheap going by bus is just $1.00 anywhere unlike here its more expensive.
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Nightlife, Travel, Food, Overall, Housing, Telephone:
was less expensive than at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Computers / Internet
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
Yeah don't overspend your money.
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Monalisa T
National University of Samoa, Apia, Western Samoa
Geography, Undergraduate, scholarshiop
Academic
Course recommendations
Yeah when trying to sort out your courses there are people who you can approach if you are confused with what you want to take. They are really good in helping people out.
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
They should provide more rooms for study groups and they need more than one hour to be in a room.
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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Monalisa T
National University of Samoa, Apia, Western Samoa
Geography, Undergraduate, scholarshiop
Overall
I wish I had known...
NO because all the informations about the university was provided.
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In my opinion:
Most people loved it.
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
4
Culture
1
Costs
2
Activities
3
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
The campus life is really nice you will meet all different people from other countries and you get to learn about the local culture. Having to live in a Hall of Residence provides you with the stable platform in your academic success.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
4
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
4
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
If you wanted to travel by coach you can use your student i.d card to get a discount.Travel agents sometimes have low fares due to seasons or events happening in areas where you want to go.In the begining of the year the international student office offers trips to other parts of the country where you can experience the New Zealand life and you can travel for free.
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Monalisa T
National University of Samoa, Apia, Western Samoa
Geography, Undergraduate, scholarshiop
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Travel: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Nightlife: Takes place mostly outside the university/student environment
Activities: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
The University have two bars for students and one of them THE HILLCREST is one of my favourite night spots my best cafe would have to The Bank in Hamilton there are lots of events that takes place all throught out the year there is also the Balloons fesitival its great one interesting place that you should not missed out is the Hamilton Lake really nice.
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Monalisa T
National University of Samoa, Apia, Western Samoa
Geography, Undergraduate, scholarshiop
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
Because i can get the feeling of being in a study environment
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
The accomodation is good people are so nice and you get to be more settled with all the help and the friendliness that you will receive.
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