Eye-opening January 21, 2016

By (International Relations, Brandeis University) - abroad from 08/17/2015 to 12/03/2015 with

Boston University: Sydney - Sydney Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about what it meant to be a black american woman on that side of the world.

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

* 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? Yes

Finances

* 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)

There are many free things to do in the city of Sydney. The program helps to illuminate these opportunities for everyone on the program. The majority of my money was spent on food and alcohol.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $60
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make meals for dinner, lunch, and breakfast. Use your money to go to restaurants every once in a while.

Language

* 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
  • International Students
* 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?
  • Resources on how to explore Sydney were on point
* What could be improved?
  • Try to get internships in more immediate areas so that some students didn't have to spend more money just for transportation while
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish there was more information on what it means to be a student of color in a predominately white area

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:

Australian Cinema

Course Department: Film
Instructor: Ann Finnegan
Instruction Language: Englush
Comments: It provided the opportunity to really analyze films that we watched and understand how it affects society and documents history. Field trips were relevant. The professor was very knowledgable. I always participate in class. We were assessed with papers.
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Australian Mass Media

Course Department: Media
Instructor: Daryl Mildenahll
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was full of information on the ways in which mass media affects the lives of Australians as well as providing an opportunity to compare it to the mass media culture in America. Daryl knew so much information and is in relation with so many influential people in media within Australia. I participated a lot in his class, he is great to talk to. We had exams and papers
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