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By (Psychology; Entrepreneurial Leadership, Tufts University) for

Arcadia: Sydney - Macquarie University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I think that it was definitely a worthwhile experience. There will always be issues when you are abroad but just go with the flow and everything will work out.

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.

Not as many people go to class because all classes are recorded and put online. They grade on a steeper scale, but Arcadia or your home institution should scale them back to the US standards. Work load was average and not overly difficult.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I thought they did a great job of keeping up with us and they offered many trips and other outings throughout the program. They were not however as flexible with my schedule as I would have hoped. I needed to take distribution requirements and nothing for my major and they weren't as helpful as I was hoping they would be.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

I ate in a Dining hall and ate mostly gluten free food. They did a great job accommodating me. Overall the food was pretty good.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I did a great deal of traveling within Australia and I would recommend anyone who travels there to do the same.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Sydney is as safe as any US city.

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? None that I can think of... Maybe I needed a warmer jacket when first getting there in their winter/spring.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Local 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? Take advantage of every opportunity offered to you.