Summer Vacation Abroad Past Review

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/15/2018 to 05/02/2018 with

Boston University: Sydney - Sydney Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Real world work experience in a new industry in a new country. Feeling confident doing things on my own.

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.

Good range of course options. Content was interesting but many professors were kind of a mess.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Best administration staff!! Love them all

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Super clean. Everyone gets a single. Just know before that the kitchen is small and there is no oven

* Food:

No food provided - cook for yourself

* 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

The staff was very supportive. The location and facilities were amazing.


* 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)

each week was different. It's very expensive to travel around Sydney and the country. You can find the margins!

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? do research before, always bring snacks with you!


* 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?
  • Internship
  • Location of dorm/school
  • Being in Australia
* What could be improved?
  • Better orientation! BU kids did not want to become friends with people they did not know
  • Clear academic expectations
  • Options to take classes somewhere else
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That most BU students came to Sydney in large groups with no interest in making friends.

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.