Time of my life- but make sure to spend wisely Past Review

By (Health and Medical Administrative Services., Providence College) - abroad from 02/13/2012 to 06/30/2012 with

Arcadia: Sydney - Macquarie University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was definitely worthwhile and I got a lot of cultural experience. I met a lot of awesome people that I hope to stay in touch with.

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? 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)

Transportation and food add up very quickly! Cook at home and save some money!

* 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
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? cook at home, don't take cabs (if you can help it), and make sure to know your bus and train routes the first week you get there!


* 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?

Select all that apply

  • 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 Jervis Bay trip when we went surfing and camping
  • When we went to Melbourne the first couple nights in Australia
  • The free dinner at Cargo Bar where we got to meet up with all the other students in our program
* What could be improved?
  • The food- I HATE sausages
  • I think we should have gone up north for orientation
  • the food
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew the bus system because taking the train and cabs added up very quickly. I also wish I knew how cold it actually gets for their winter- bring a lot of warm things!