Summer Program: The cost of accommodation is included in the expedition program fee. Students will be staying in hotels and hostels in the various cities included in the program. Students will also stay in the shearer's quarters of a sheep station and at an agricultural camp, as part of the expedition and internship. Some meals included.
Semester/Year Program: Housing is provided on all ISA programs in the Pacific region, at an additional cost. There are a range of housing options and costs vary according to host university, accomodation selected and session.
A Housing Commitment Fee of $1,000 must be paid by the Final Forms and Payment due date. This fee is nonrefundable after the payment due date and is applied to overall housing costs. The total housing cost will be billed 3-4 weeks prior to the program's departure, once a housing assignment has been allocated.
ISA Housing provides the opportunity for students to experience aspects of the New Zealand lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor of New Zealand. All ISA Housing options are either within walking distance or conveniently located to public transit routes. Travel times to the various university buildings are generally between two and fifteen minutes depending on housing and class locations.
ISA students studying at Victoria University of Wellington have the opportunity to live in one of the university's student apartment complexes. These apartment-style dorms are fully furnished, self-catering co-ed apartments with four to five single-occupancy bedrooms. Bed linens are included, though towels are not, and laundry facilities are available on site and may require payment. Internet access is available, though not necessarily included in the housing price, and connection and rental involve additional charges.
A $500 refundable security deposit will be charged to students living in ISA arranged housing. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the case of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount.
Independent HousingStudents may opt to secure housing independently. Students who select this option will be responsible for their own housing during the program and will forgo any ISA assistance for housing matters.
The experience of living in another culture will be both educational and rewarding so long as you stay open-minded and reasonable at all times. There are differences in culture and lifestyle between life in New Zealand and the U.S. Remember: the key to a positive experience is flexibility.