I got the incredible chance to spend one exchange semester at Unitec and it was the best experience ever. I've enjoyed every day of my time abroad and I can only recommend to go and apply for it now. Yes, you might struggle in the beginning. Yes, it might be hard to start a new life in a totally different country. Yes, you might feel lost because you don't know the teachers yet and don't know what they expect from you. But Unitec provides a lot of help to make exchange students feel welcome. Leslie, the study abroad programm coordinator will help you with anything and welcomes you very warmly. Unitec also offers a lot of support services for all kinds of academic challenges. I got the chance to choose freely from any courses I'd like to attend during my semester at Unitec and, altough the administration was a bit chaotic and overstrained in the first week, it was no problem to switch or drop courses. The online system of Unitec might be a bit confusing in the beginning - there are a bunch of different platforms you are supposed to check regularly and grades, sometimes, were not put up until more than a month after the assignment. Classes, in general, were interesting and not too hard. But what made these couple of months so awesome, were the friendships I made. So don't be afraid to put yourself out there, because with good friends, your time will be so much more fun and you got someone to explore every beautiful square metre of New Zealand and share all the memories with. During orientation week, Unitec offers a bunch of events on campus and during the semester, the CLV Campus Living Solutions, offers some more activities for the students living on campus. Living on campus was very relaxed and convenient. The Crockers apartments on campus were a bit run-down and, in my opinion, overpriced, but it was all made up by the community that we built. If you're living on campus, also check out the fitness centre there. I really enjoyed the boxing fitness classes! And definitely go to the little creek with a waterfall behind the 310 Apartments, and I loved doing my weekly shopping at the Avondale Sunday market ;-) There was a lot of construction on campus, but the plans look pretty cool, so I'm sure that's something to be excited about!
Don't think twice and apply for your semester abroad now! Unitec is definitely a good place to explore the beauty of New Zealand from.