Incredible Past Review

By (Merrimack College) - abroad from 01/18/2017 to 04/22/2017 with

CAPA Sydney: Study & Intern Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
So worthwhile. I learned a lot about myself and the U.S. from studying abroad. I improved my time-management skills, gained confidence in travelling and meeting new people, gained a lot of independence, had amazing trips and experiences, and had so much fun.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

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:

I always felt safe and do not remember a time feeling uncomfortable. With that being said, it is always important to travel with a buddy and be aware of your surrounding.

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


* 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? 50-100 dollars depending on the week/activities
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Definitely plan to save a lot of money before studying abroad, and make a budget for how much you want to spend per week while you are there.


* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The excursions that CAPA provided
  • My class building was close to my apartment
* What could be improved?
  • Strict rules on not missing classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How ethnocentric the United States is-students rarely learn about other countries

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.