Australia: No Regrets Mate! Past Review

By (Rehabilitation Services, Wright State University) for

CISabroad (Center for International Studies): Newcastle - Semester in Newcastle

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My experience in Newcastle was more than worthwhile. I have learned to appreciate the small things in life and not to stress out over everything. I have definitely adopted the Australian "no worries mate" attitude. Life is too short to sweat the small stuff. I definitely hope to come back some day and am motivated to see more of the world.

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.

Personally, I thought the classes here in Australia were much more difficult than the classes I took at home in Ohio. I took three classes and all three were essay based with no tests or exams and very little homework. I also thought that the teachers graded much more critically than what I am used to. However, all of my professors were very approachable and will to help with any questions I may have had.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Getting to my college was a little unnerving, but once I was here everything settled down and has been going smoothly. I was upset when I first got here because I felt a lot of things were very unorganized. My pick-up from the airport was cancelled and I was not notified until I was in the airport and that made me pretty annoyed.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I loved living in Evatt. I lived in a dorm where I had my own room, 5 of us shared a bathroom and 10 of us shared a full kitchen complete with two fridges, two freezers, two stoves/ovens and two microwaves, and we also shared a common area complete with a TV and dining tables. There were ten more people with the same set up below us. There are more than 10 buildings similar to this in our area. I only needed to provide personal items. Everyone was so accepting and willing to show me around. Made for a truly great experience.

* Food:

I made my own food so of course it was delicious.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

My first week in Australia was spent in Cairns and it was an absolute ball. They gave us the ultimate Australian experience in one very quick week. We went to the Great Barrier Reef to scuba dive and snorkel, went to Rainforestation where we pet and fed kangaroos, saw an Aboriginal dance, Australian wildlife, painted in the traditional Aboriginal way, were taught how to throw a boomerang and how to play a didgeridoo. We also did a beach clean up and ate kangaroo and crocodile meat. After that week it was basically all school work all the time. Except when Evatt hosted an event such as a ball or when the university hosted Autonomy day. Those were quite fun as well.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I always felt very safe, never had any scary incidences. I did not need any special medical attention before I came or while I was here.

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)


If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Housing
* What could be improved?
  • Organization
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You won't regret it. You will miss home, but this experience is more than worth it. I encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and partake in as many new activities as you can. Australia is a beautiful country and I am always going to dream of coming back some day. Any student who wants to see another part of the world and emerge themselves in a different culture would benefit from this program.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Youth culture and risk

Course Department: SOCA 3220
Instructor: Steven Threadgold
Instruction Language: English (Australian)
Comments: Very laid back professor. Exam was difficult. Required us to memorize three essays and re write them in two hours. Professor said this was the last semester for the exam to be administered this way. Other than that it was a very interesting class.
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