Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oye Oye Oye! January 19, 2011

By (Psychology, Oklahoma State University - Stillwater) for

University of Adelaide: Adelaide - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

Would return abroad with the same program
What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I don't regret one single thing and I would have stayed in Adelaide South Australia for the rest of my life if school permitted. I honestly want to return for my Masters Program. I see myself living in Australia and loving it for the rest of my life.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: University of South Australia
How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The courses are 4 hours of credit, and you have all 4 hours of class time in one day. If you have any electives available, UniSA has a great art program and learning more about psychology (as I am a psyc major) was amazing! My professor was very knowledgeable and a fantastic professor

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The weak point of their program isn't in the program its self but because of the way their campus is set up. UniSA is separated into City East, City West and Magill Campuses and they are all a fair distance apart, especially Magill.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived for the first 4 weeks with a host family to have a little bit of time to figure out the in's and out's of Adelaide South Australia, then moved into a share house with 3 housemates from around the world! I chose the home because the rent was reasonable and fully furnished which is always a plus for an exchange student with nothing but a suitcase of clothes = D

* Food:

YUM! 2nd largest Greek population in the world (besides Greece lol) and lots of great Indian food as well as American, Asian, BBQ and of course McDonald's and Hungry Jacks (burger king). Aussies LOVE their beef and chicken Parmie's, fish and meat pies.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Attended an Indian Dandiya, traveled the coast up to Melbourne, flew to Sydney, drove the Great Ocean Road, learned to surf, picked fresh lemons from the tree in the front of the house, traveled around with the band The Holidays, visited Flinders Range in the outback, saw wild koalas and kangaroos! Everyday, experienced something new and wonderful.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

No sickness what so ever! thank goodness

Finances

* 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)

Language

If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
  • Other
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students
  • Host Family

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Any student looking to find strength in his or her self! You have a lot of time to think, decide on the type of person you want to be and live with integrity. Its incredible, but absolutely the most challenging process I've faced to date.