Australia: A Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience Past Review

By (Marketing., Providence College) for

Arcadia: Brisbane - Queensland University of Technology

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Absolutely, once I got over the stress of work, I was able to go places I'll never be able to go again. I'm very glad I chose to study here.

Personal Information

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.

Not many projects/assessments, but the ones I had were very time-consuming and quite difficult. The grading system is rough and it takes getting used to.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very organized and well-planned. I have no discrepancies.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My own room, bathroom, and shower. 6 rooms per apartment, and we share a kitchen, so we got to know one another.

* Food:

No food provided (besides some BBQs and free dinners put on by Arcadia). I have to shop every week, and cook a couple times a week. Teaches me how to fend for myself though, which is good.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

AFL football game, Byron Bay, Melbourne, Pancake Manor

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Very very safe city! Don't go into the Botanic Gardens at night though.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Budget 100 dollars/week max. You're gonna spend a lot of money, especially on trips.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Housing, activities, guidance
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Go to your lectures and your tutorials! They are very important, and you can easily miss out on criteria on assessments.