Just take me back already! Past Review

By (Engineering Physics., Providence College) - abroad from 02/15/2013 to 07/03/2013 with

Arcadia: Wollongong - University of Wollongong

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
This trip was 100% worthwhile. I wish everyone could have the study abroad experience.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

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?

Overly expensive for the amenities recieved, but a wonderful experience overall. Great people, great times.

* Food:

Little variety for the price. Nothing particularly well cooked... Wish I had access to at least a microwave in my room.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I went to the doctor once. I had to pay the copay in cash upfront, but my health insurance sent me a check to cover the costs eventually.

* Safety:

Just don't do anything stupid and you'll be fine.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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)

Depends how many optional adventures you want to have. And how much alcohol you're going to drink.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save up for a few years beforehand. It'll allow you to travel beyond your new university and really explore a new part of the world.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Katrina & Kendal from Arcadia
  • Wollongong itself, such a uni centered town with tons of people my age around
* What could be improved?
  • I wish we had stayed in Melbourne for more than 24 hours with Arcadia when we first got here, since we had to pay for a flight from Melbourne to Sydney anyways
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? KEEP A JOURNAL!! You won't regret it! And guard your valuables with your life, they're more important to you than you realize.

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.