The Most Fun I Never Want to Have Again! December 13, 2018

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 08/22/2018 to 12/06/2018 with

Boston University: Sydney - Sydney Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
This was one of the most rewarding experiences of my entire life. I gained valuable work experience in a legal internship and cultural insights from integrating into the workforce. I also was able to travel a lot and explore the city as well as the country which gave me more confidence in my ability to be self-sufficient. Most of all, I gained some great friends and shared some lifelong memories with them.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

No meal plan provided but nearby food options were great!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

This was the probably the program's number one strength.

* 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? No

While I truly enjoyed this program, if I got to go abroad again, I'd love to try something new.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150 (a lot of this was on travel as we were encouraged to explore as much of Australia as possible)
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Be prepared to spend most of your money on food and travel. Definitely work and save up the semester before if at all possible.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Apartment
  • Hotel
* 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 high degree of social/cultural integration
  • Traveling so much
  • Having an internship
* What could be improved?
  • Length of classes (some were 4 hours long!)
  • Long classes combined with working so much
  • Heavy assignment load
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That I would get very little sleep for the entire program

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.