A once in a lifetime opportunity Past Review

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 08/21/2017 to 12/06/2017 with

Boston University: Sydney - Sydney Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about myself while abroad. I am typically very shy and I very reserved, but this helped me come out of my shell. I made a lot of friends abroad, and got to network with some very cool people. This experience was definitely worthwhile.

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?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Healthcare was easily accessible, but a lot more costly than expected.

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I would love to do this program again. I got a lot out of this experience. The ability to travel abroad is something that everyone should take advantage of, and having an internship in Sydney was truly rewarding.


* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $250
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try not to go grocery shopping on a day to day basis. Try to buy as much as you can for the week. Also think about the trips and activities you want to do before getting there so you can start budgeting early on.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • The people in my program
  • The city
  • Everyday life in Sydney
* What could be improved?
  • Scheduling of classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had better prepared for factoring in the money that would be spent on different activities and travel.

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 Social Policy

Course Department: Sociology
Instructor: Christopher Sheil
Instruction Language: English
Credit Transfer Issues: