Unforgettable cultural experience experience. Past Review

By (BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES., Brandeis University) - abroad from 08/19/2013 to 11/25/2013 with

Boston University: Sydney - Sydney Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Because Sydney is a multicultural city, every individual gains a sense of the cultural differences it offers. The Australian culture is completely different from any other in the world. They are full of happiness, passion, helpfulness, etc. Moreover, it was worthwhile! If it were for me, I would have stayed in Sydney for several more years.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Great staff. They are available always for any issues or concerns.

* 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? 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)

Sydney is an expensive city. But there are always places to go were you can find less expensive things.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200 per week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? There are several big markets to go near the program's property. Padi's market, Chinatown.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

Since I come from a Central American country, my first language is Spanish. Hence, english was heavily spoken among the program and Australia itself.

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Intermediate
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Advanced
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? None
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? You need to learn English. If, however, you are not a fluent english speaker, the Sydney Internship Program will help you a lot.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Apartment
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Amazing staff
  • Internship
  • Location of the housing
* What could be improved?
  • Housing: it was quite small for four students
  • Workload: too much work for the time given
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That it was winter and not summer.

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.