Australia- my absolute favorite place! Past Review

By (Arizona State University) - abroad from 01/15/2018 to 04/20/2018 with

CEA CAPA Education Abroad: Sydney, Australia

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about myself and how I travel as well as about other cultures. It was very worthwhile.

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.

Courses were not difficult but the internship was what was professionally challenging (in great way)

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

Fed myself but some nice meals were included with the program

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I loved the culture of Australia but I didn't get to meet many locals.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The program included health insurance and it was a reimbursement process. It was pretty simple!

* Safety:

I felt very safe in Sydney.

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

The money I spent abroad was more than expected and the academics were not rigorous but I learned a lot from my internship and I absolutely loved Australia and am planning to move back as soon as possible.


* 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 a pretty expensive city!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? not sure.. maybe $100 AUD- $150 AUD
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eat at home when you can!


* 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?
  • People
  • Culture
  • Sites
* What could be improved?
  • Interactions with locals
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I would have saved more money before going! (this was more to do with the city I chose, not the program)

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.