Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi Oi Oi! Past Review

By (PSYCHOLOGY., Providence College) - abroad from 02/12/2013 to 06/26/2013 with

Arcadia: Brisbane - Queensland University of Technology

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that you can meet amazing people anywhere you go.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Arcadia was amazing! I would recommend Arcadia to any student who was looking to study abroad in any country.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Urbanest management was greatly disorganized and hard to deal with. Also, specifically in my apartment the living conditions were unacceptable and they did not do anything about it.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not have to use the health care in Australia. Although, I was completely covered by Australia.

* Safety:

There is no crime in Australia compared to America.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes


* 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)

Australia is VERY expensive compared to America.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy and cook your own food instead of eating out all the time. Try websites like Groupon and Living Social for daily discounts.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Australia itself
  • Arcadia provided complimentary trips
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Just how expensive Australia was.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'