A New Outlook on Life Past Review

By (University of Rochester) - abroad from 02/15/2016 to 06/28/2016 with

IES Abroad: Sydney Direct Enrollment - University Of Sydney

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Traveling to Australia was the first time I ever left the country and I grew a lot throughout my experience. I gained a profound interest in exploring the world and meeting new people. Throughout my schooling at Rochester, I had met many people throughout the world but nothing compares to actually traveling to a different country and meeting the locals there. I gained a greater appreciation for other cultures and ethnicities as I lived in a residence hall building along with 150 other students. This experience is 100% worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I enjoyed taking classes specifically related to the Australian Mining industry and Marine Life.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

IES Abroad was extremely helpful

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Living in a residential building was the best decision I could have made. This allowed me to meet so many different locals.

* Food:

I had a dinning hall meal plan so I did not eat out in the city as much as I would have liked to.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Australian's are very fun and the social life is exciting.

* 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

I had the best experience of my life living in Australia. I traveled all around the country and saw a lot but there is still so much that I was not able to do and I would love to go back and see everything I missed the first time.


* 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 Australia was an expensive town to live in.

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? plan ahead, get on a meal plan if possible.


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

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Traveling
  • Meeting Local Australians
  • Living in a new culture
* What could be improved?
  • More time to travel before the program starts
  • less required classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Plan more trips earlier and budget money better.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.