New Experiences in Sydney, Australia May 03, 2018

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/17/2018 to 05/02/2018 with

Boston University: Sydney - Sydney Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My experience abroad was definitely worthwhile. I learned how to live independently and also about Australian culture. I also had the chance to do some traveling and learn more about the world as well as myself.

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.

The Australian Culture and Society course gave a great introduction to the country and was well taught with guest lectures. The elective courses were great as well!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administrators for the program were very helpful however sometimes could be disorganized.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The living arrangements were great and I appreciated having my own room but also living so close to friends.

* Food:

This was my first time preparing food completely on my own and it was a great experience.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The internship experience made me feel integrated into the local culture however other than that, I felt like an observer of the culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I personally didn't have any health issues while abroad, however, friends that did had positive experiences with accessibility and ease of use.

* Safety:

I never felt unsafe during my time abroad.

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

I really enjoyed this program and being able to take challenging classes as well as participating in an internship.

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)

Groceries and activities tend to be expensive in Sydney.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Keep a spending spreadsheet

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Trip to Melbourne as a group
  • Housing
  • Activities organized for the group
* What could be improved?
  • The program could sometimes be disorganized
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Sydney is an expensive city so budget from the beginning.

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.