Amazing Australian experience April 16, 2020

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/13/2019 to 12/05/2019 with

Arcadia: Sydney - University of New South Wales

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a great appreciation for that part of the world and the beautiful landscape. I also felt like I lived a very healthy and exciting lifestyle

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* 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? Yes

This program was amazing and balanced the academic component and the cultural component very well. Great classes and lots of free time to learn and explore Australia.


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* 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?
  • Media, Society, Politics class
  • Surfing and Australian Lifestyle
  • Meeting people
* What could be improved?
  • Grading was very different and more difficult
  • More availability in desired classes
  • More explorative class components
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How to travel and plan big trips

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 Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'

Individual Course Reviews

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Sports Law

Course Department: Law
Instruction Language: English
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Media, Society and Politics

Course Department: Psych
Instruction Language: English
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The Making of Trumps America

Course Department: History
Instruction Language: English
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aboriginal sydney

Course Department: history
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