Once in a Lifetime Experience! Past Review

By (accounting, Providence College) - abroad from 02/13/2013 to 06/24/2013 with

Arcadia: Sydney - Macquarie University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a large amount of life skills that I probably should of known before my travels abroad. I learned how to better cook for myself, how to plan extensive trips and vacations, and how to integrate myself into a different culture.

Review Photos

Arcadia: Sydney - Macquarie University Photo Arcadia: Sydney - Macquarie University Photo Arcadia: Sydney - Macquarie University Photo

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.

The required workload to pass each class is pretty low. Right now we have finals and papers due but it is really the first time i have been forced to plan my activities around my schoolwork rather than vice-versa

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

When we first moved in we were shocked that they were not particularly clean. After cleaning and living there I have come to appreciate the arrangements. I guess just as most other dormitories, it comes down to your roommates... if they are loud, not clean, etc., it will be unpleasant.

* Food:

N/A We bought our own food from the local supermarket, we did not have a meal plan of any sort.. not sure what rating that would receive.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Despite being in the country for several months, living with only Americans give you the feel that you are still in America. I have made some Australian friends but none are that close; if I was to live in an American/Australian integrated housing I probably would feel more integrated with the local culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

N/A Fortunately I did not have any experience with the healthcare system!

* Safety:

Overall quite safe, never felt threatened while being in Sydney

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)

Everything in Australia is significantly more expensive than America. On the weeks that I did not travel I tried not to spend much, but when we traveled the expenses were quite high.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $75
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Do your best to buy cheap at the grocery store, 60 cent pasta tastes just as good as $2.50 pasta, things like that add up after a while. Also, plan your travels in advance if you can, you can save a whole lot on flights and hostels if you purchase them early.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • 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 students I met through it
  • The price
* What could be improved?
  • More information about rooming before we left for abroad
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew about the distance Macquarie was from Sydney and the beach. I was under the impression, whether by a fault of my own or false advertising by the program, that we were right next to the city while in fact it takes a solid hour plus to get there from our housing. To get to the beach is even further, close to an hour and a half. For someone who wished to surf a good amount of time I was here, I would probably rather have gone to a school in Sydney or somewhere up the Gold Coast

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.