Life-changing and full of growth Past Review

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 02/20/2019 to 06/24/2019 with

Arcadia: Brisbane - University of Queensland

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Grew as an individual and pretty much needed this to help grow and mature to where I needed to be.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Impossible to do well, but was pass fail so didnt matter

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Not very well organized

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Great place just interesting college

* Food:

Meal plan requirement was pretty bad

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Im halfway to Australian

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

No health issues

* Safety:

Couldnt be safer

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

Everyone thinks their location was the best, but mine was actually. Great location, better looking university than any of my other friends who came to visit or who I visited on their exchange experience. People were all great. And housing we pretty solid.


* 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)

I didnt really have to as I had a job

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Get a job


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Friends
  • Travel
  • Environment
* What could be improved?
  • Meal plan requirement
  • More program activities together
  • Cheaper costs
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Everything went fine

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.'