Australia was great. Past Review

By (Communication and Media Studies., Trinity University) - abroad from 06/07/2012 to 07/21/2012 with

Arcadia: Sydney -Sydney Internship Program Summer

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I enjoyed being able to look at the U.S. and other parts of the world through a different lens and being able to travel to unique places like the Blue Mountains and Great Barrier Reef. It was certainly worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The accommodations were comfortable, but our group was split up into two different apartment-style hotels with one being significantly nicer than the other despite everyone paying the same amount for housing.

* Food:

We were responsible for our own meals so it was up to each individual how well we ate.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The culture was pretty similar to the U.S.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

We had some various health issues with some students, but all were handled very well and everyone stayed well-informed on how to deal with these issues.

* 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)

Australia is a very expensive country to live in, especially in the major cities.

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Americans
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Learning more about the country through the class
  • Traveling to different areas of the country
* What could be improved?
  • Internship placement
  • Equal housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How expensive everything would be.