Australia: Never ever leave Past Review

By (Econometrics and Quantitative Economics., Providence College) for

Arcadia: Sydney - Macquarie University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I have become much more independent and can cook for myself now! i made great friends and learned a lot about a culture which i truly love. I am considering trying to move back to Sydney sometime in the future and would love to raise a family there someday.

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.

Grading in Australia is a lot different from that in America. Your GPA will be hurt by your trip abroad so try to find a program that will allow you to take classes pass/fail. Workload wasnt too bad. Around 2 papers per class along with a mid term and a final.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Did not really help that much.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in a townhouse in a "village" of all other students who stayed at the university. There were around 1000 kids in the village all having townhouses. I was very happy with the living situation that i was provided.

* Food:

I had to make most of my food so i ended up cooking simple meals; a lot of pasta and sandwiches. I ate healthier abroad because i was very conscious about what i was buying and eating for food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Going to the great barrier reef was the best thing i did on my trip. It was a 3 hour flight away from Sydney but i spent a week there in the rainforest and exploring what the reef had to offer through snorkeling and scuba diving.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Sydney is a great, clean and safe city as long as you are smart and are with people you trust.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Cost of living is a lot more in Australia. Bring atleast $2,000 more dollars than you budget for if you are staying a semester

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Just go, be open minded and enjoy every single second you are there.