Absolutely amazing experience but pretty pricey! Past Review

By (Geosciences, Trinity University) - abroad from 07/15/2013 to 12/21/2013 with

Arcadia: Sydney - University of Sydney

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was worth while for sure. I gained more confidence to meet new people.

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.

I had an awful experience with my Geology class. I could not get outside help from my teacher and ultimately the department chair and Arcadia had to get involved. It was a horrible experience and I learned very little. On the other hand most of my other teachers were pretty nice and helpful but it was not very challenging academically.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Sydney University Village was absolutely awesome in every way. Wish I could live there forever.

* Food:

There was a lot of really bad food and some really good food but all of it was very expensive.

* 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


* 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)

It was difficult at times for me to live on 200$ per week

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?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people I met
  • The housing options
  • The free trips
* What could be improved?
  • Getting you set up
  • Helping with taxes if you work there
  • Helping you find a job
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Not to let my boss take taxes out of my paychecks because I lost a lot of money in taxes.

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Fossils and Tectonics

Course Department: Geosciences
Instructor: Patrice Rey
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The teacher was a very smart and intelligent guy, however he was absolutely rude and unhelpful and refused to give me help in any way shape or form when I didn't understand something or needed additional explanation on a topic. It was extremely frustrating and ridiculous.
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