The best semester of my college experience yet Past Review

By (Marketing., Providence College) - abroad from 07/14/0012 to 12/04/0012 with

Arcadia: Sydney - Macquarie University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
A greater sense of who I am and what I want to accomplish in life. Also my world view has been greatly broadened due to the large number or international students.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Was difficult in a different way. More of the struggle came from adapting to a new university system rather than the material itself.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Everything was made very clear and accessible. Everyone involved was very helpful. Due to the number of students at University of Sydney as opposed to Macquarie the attention felt a little more focused on them rather than all participants.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Houses were fine but only the west side village houses were shown on Arcadia's website and their facilities are much more nice than the east side where we were placed.

* Food:

We had to support ourselves in regards to food but the food that was provided during Arcadia events was wonderful

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

There could have been more opportunities to meet Aussies at their homes either inside our outside the city.

* 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)

Everything is more expensive in Australia

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 130-150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cook for yourself, make large meals with multiple people if possible. Buy Tupperware for leftovers


* 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?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • International Students
* 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 people
  • Australia
  • level of comfort
* What could be improved?
  • information
  • application process
  • returning of grades
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How damn expensive beer was in Australia

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.'