I cannot recommend Melbourne enough! September 13, 2019

By (Elizabethtown College) - abroad from 02/13/2019 to 06/28/2019 with

CISabroad (Center for International Studies): Semester at University of Melbourne

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much about myself and about other cultures. Living with and interacting with international students on a daily basis gave me so much perspective on what's important and what unites us.

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CISabroad (Center for International Studies): Semester at University of Melbourne Photo CISabroad (Center for International Studies): Semester at University of Melbourne Photo

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?

They put me at Urbanest- Urbanest is a horrible organization that no one should live with unless they have another option.

* Food:

Melbourne has great food from all over the world!!!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* 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? Yes

Melbourne is a fantastic city to study abroad in! There is so much culture to experience- sports, festivals, concerts, restaurants, bars, and so so much more. There's also a lot of incredible nature right nearby in Victoria, and many naturally beautiful areas to check out all across Australia and in nearby New Zealand. As far as location, I cannot recommend Melbourne strongly enough! I had an incredible experience that is not available in most other locations within Australia and New Zealand due to the size of Melbourne and its reputation of being welcoming to people from all over the world. The University of Melbourne also offers a lot of fantastic academic opportunities and social experiences. As far as my experience with CIS, I think they did a good job and gave me what was promised. But if you can get into Melbourne with a different program for less, I would say that's fine.


* 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)

Melbourne is admittedly a pretty expensive city.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Use free public transit if you can! It's more common than you think.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
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?
  • Lots of cultural experiences
  • Beautiful nature
  • Great city
* What could be improved?
  • The housing choice
  • Support from on-site rep
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? It's okay to take time to just hang out while you're abroad; you don't have to be out in the city everyday.

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Glee Singing: The Power of Pop Music

Course Department: Music
Instructor: Jeff and Jackie
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This class is incredible!!! The most fun I have ever had in a college course.
Credit Transfer Issues: No problems at all transferring it as a creative expression core.