Perfection Past Review

By (Health, Brandeis University) - abroad from 03/03/2014 to 06/20/2014 with

Arcadia: Sydney - University of Sydney

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I've learned to challenge myself in ways I've never thought possible. I went camping, hiking, mountain climbing, surfing. It was perfect. I didn't know what I was capable of until I went abroad and found myself in the middle of this beautiful land.

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

Arcadia is absolutely amazing in terms of administration. Always there for you, to listen to you.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Being a part of a college, it taught me so much. I've made friends to last me a lifetime.

* Food:

A little expensive, and not a lot of choices at the meal plan in college.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Loved learning about Australia's background.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I got into an accident, and to this date I am amazed at how smoothly everything was handled. Hats off to Australia on the health issue side.

* Safety:

Travel in groups, don't be silly. True for everywhere in the world.

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 very expensive.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150, easy.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't blow all your money on drinking.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local 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?
  • Fun
  • Eye opening
  • Challenging
* What could be improved?
  • More trips
  • More get togethers of american students
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Traveling options.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.