Everyone should study abroad if they are given the opportunity. Past Review

By (Business Administration, Management and Operations., Providence College) - abroad from 02/13/2013 to 06/30/2013 with

Arcadia: Sydney - Macquarie University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a whole new perspective of the world.

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.

Certain classes were very challenging but the diversity among the students in each class was great.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Everyone had their own room and bathroom which was great, but the houses were not cleaned before we arrived.

* Food:

The food is not much different than in America. Houses had kitchens so you were able to cook your own food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I wish there were more Australians in the village where we were housed - majority of the houses were filled with exchange students.

* 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)

Australia is extremely expensive.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If your housing includes a kitchen, use it instead of eating out and try to avoid taking taxis.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • 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?
  • Program leaders were great
  • Housing
* What could be improved?
  • Orientation (more activities)
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Do something every day you are abroad. 5 months seems like a long time but it flies by.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.