Unforgettable! Past Review

By (Providence College) - abroad from 02/22/2012 to 06/30/2012 with

Arcadia: Sydney - Macquarie University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Studying abroad has helped me to mature into a more responsible and independent adult. I learned a lot about different people and cultures that I had not previously seen at Providence College. I believe this experience was very worthwhile and I would recommend studying abroad to any college student.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? No
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100-150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try your best not to eat or drink at restaurants: they can be very over-priced. Also, try to take the buses rather than taxi's or the train!


* 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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  • Local Students
  • Americans
* 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?
  • The orientation
  • My housing situation
  • The people that I met
* What could be improved?
  • More information on "getting around" Sydney - bus and train information
  • More organized trips around Sydney
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how fast this experience would go by! I would have taken much better advantage of my time at the beginning of my trip - as I feel like there are many places I would have had loved to go to but did not have time!