University of Sydney Spring Study Abroad Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 02/22/2018 to 07/01/2018 with

IES Abroad: Sydney Direct Enrollment - University Of Sydney

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was absolutely worthwhile. I'm glad I had the time and opportunity to explore Australia and I know I'll be back.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The housing was terrible. Our apartment had stains, cracks and leaks. It was infested with cockroaches. When I expressed my concerns to IES, they didn't do much to help. I went as far as contacting the headquarters and they were unhelpful. It was really disappointing because housing is a large part of why going through a program is helpful rather than enrolling directly.

* Food:

* 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? No

I regret going through IES. They placed me in terrible housing and did not provide much support or guidance throughout the experience. It was not good value for the money at all. Even while I was in Sydney, I wished I could have switched programs.


* 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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you want to work, apply early to get your Australian SSN because it takes a while to process


* 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?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local 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?
  • nothing honestly
* What could be improved?
  • Housing conditions
  • Orientation & program activities
  • Cost of program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how terrible the housing was going to be and how unprofessional IES is.

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:

Photography and the Darkroom

Course Department: Art
Instructor: David Haines
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was challenging and disorganized, my overall grade did not reflect my effort and enthusiasm for the course
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Moral Psychology

Course Department: Philosophy
Instructor: Luke Russell
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This course was challenging but extremely interesting! I am so glad I took it, I would definitely take another course with the professor.
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Arguments that Change the World

Course Department: English
Instructor: Frances Di Lauro
Instruction Language: English
Comments: I loved my tutorial leader and I found this niche topic quite interesting
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Film Genres and National Cinemas

Course Department: Film
Instructor: Richard Smith
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Intellectually fascinating class and great instruction
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