livin' in a land down undah Past Review

By (History and Politics, Ithaca College) - abroad from 02/21/2015 to 06/28/2015 with

IES Abroad: Sydney Direct Enrollment - University Of Sydney

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I had the best four 1/2 months of my entire life in Sydney. I went to the University of Sydney and L O V E D it. It's the perfect location between being close to the city and the beaches. The program really tries to get you adjusted to the life. The two program directors at the centre in the city, Matt and Kristen, really made an effort to help and support us. It was awesome having them supporting us whenever we had an issue with something. The city is perfect because you can always find something new to do. I highly recommend going on the week long vacation that IES offers, it's not only an extremely good cost but it's an amazing time to get to know all of the other students in the program. If you love delicious food, amazing people, and beautiful scenery than choose no further than going with IES to study in Sydney!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The classes are really good but they are very difficult. I enjoyed my courses but they are definitely harder than what people are expecting.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I loved the program and the advisors!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The housing is the Sydney University Village and it's a lot of fun but I wished I lived in one of the colleges. All of my housemates were American which was fun but yet it was harder to meet Australians.

* Food:

TImTams, aioli sauce, kebabs.. enough said

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?


* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Sydney feels like a very safe city

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)

It was hard to budget in food and going out and doing fun stuff

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? SAVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE SYDNEY IS AN EXPENSIVE CITY


* 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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  • 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 trips offered
  • the advisors
* What could be improved?
  • housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew more about what to pack before I came but besides that, there's nothing really I needed to know that I didn't discover via IES or for myself

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.