An eye-opening, fun, and cultural experience in a stunning country. Past Review

By (Film and Media, Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/14/2015 to 04/30/2015 with

Boston University: Sydney - Sydney Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My experience abroad taught me that there is so much life, culture, and beauty that this world has to offer. I am so grateful to be a part of its growth and will take every chance I get to live it up.

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.

most education I for was form living in a different culture/country. The resources were all easily available, but the students and teachers did not take the courses so seriously..or at least, did not treat the assignments super seriously, it was relaxed.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

very attentive, prompt, nice.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

beautiful new dorms, spacious, windows, great roommates.

* Food:

nearby groceries, a bit expensive but has everything.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

very. I had a group of girls I know from Sydney, went to my best friend about every other weekend, so got integrated by visiting her family. Otherwise, I am not so interested in night life so didn't meet anyone going out reality, but the locals are sweet.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

N/A thank G-d.

* Safety:

Security guard always there, felt protected and safe.

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)

2.5..this city is expensive.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? about $100


* 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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  • 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?
  • great location
  • leisure time
  • program trips
* What could be improved?
  • more travel time
  • more trips
  • teachers' enthusiasm for subject
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That there is not much time at the end of the program to travel and take it the last bits of Sydney because of the internship. Also, my internship was very expensive and most peoples are a block away. If I knew had to save up $400 for travel and no one else had to spend this, I would have objected.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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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.'