Through the good and the bad, my time in Australia was rad!! Past Review

By (Elementary Education, Texas Lutheran University) - abroad from 02/22/2014 to 07/07/2014 with

IES Abroad: Sydney Direct Enrollment - Macquarie University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned more about myself! I figured out what I wanted to do and how I was going to get there. I became more independent and more care-free of what others think about me.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

It was hard and not what I expected, but I made it through.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

It was awesome!! Beata was great.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I was happy when my friend, Sarah Brown, moved into the same dorms.

* Food:

The food wasn't very good. The desserts were!!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I lived in a dorm and was on campus! I got a lot of exposure to the culture. I also had a really good friend from Australia and we hung out all the time when I was there and still keep in touch! :)

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

It was easy and available on campus!

* Safety:

never felt unsafe!!

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)

Everything was expensive, but I don't think it was outrageous.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Not sure.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? I'd make a budget and stick to it.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • 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?
  • The friends I met
  • The beautiful country
* What could be improved?
  • Getting into the education system
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That the education system was so different.

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.