An Amazing Adventure! February 10, 2020

By (Stonehill College) - abroad from 09/04/2019 to 12/06/2019 with

CAPA Sydney: Study & Intern Abroad

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a lot of independence, and I also added a unique attribute to my resume because of my international internship. It was definitely worth it!

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.

The classes were thorough enough that I was able to learn a lot, but professors clearly understood that we were in the country to travel, and we certainly had enough time to balance school and fun activities!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

We lived in a spacious hotel/apartment setting that was in an excellent location to our classes, as well as grocery stores and the beach.

* Food:

Food was not as tasty as it is in the US, but it was cheap if you bought food at the grocery store to cook at home.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

People were willing to chat with you about American and Australian culture and were very welcoming.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not personally have any experience, but a friend of mine needed to access a hospital because he was sick. He was treated very well and CAPA took care of the bill.

* Safety:

It was a very safe place to live! Friends and I could walk around at night without an issue, but obviously advising certain safety precautions is a must, as is in any country.

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

I loved my program, so if I had to make the decision again to study abroad I would love to go through CAPA again! I just might be swayed to pick a different location now that I have been to Sydney.

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)

Sydney is an expensive city, but paying for things wisely will help you save money. I was spending roughly 100-150 a week on food

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I was there for three months and probably spent about 2k on food for the whole time.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Learn to cook! Cooking food at home saves you tons of money, because eating out frequently will add up.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • CAPA excursions
  • CAPA covered transportation expenses
  • We had a break-week where we were encouraged to travel
* What could be improved?
  • The classes were relatively easy, but everything was piled on at the end of the semester.
  • We were brought on a tour of our living areas and a brief tour of the city at the very beginning of the program, but I think we should have been brought on another tour because I got lost frequently for the first week
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I spent more money on souvenirs and on trips! I was trying to be smart with my money, and I still went on trips and bought myself things, but I wish someone had told me to just spend the money because its a once in a lifetime opportunity and I might as well do it

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!