THE BEST 4 MONTHS August 09, 2018

By (Pennsylvania State University - University Park / Penn State) - 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?
Learned so much about other cultures, living so far away from home, communicating with people so difference from yourself. BEYOND worthwhile

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* 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? Yes

IES supported you in every which way. They second you had a problem they were all over it. They never gave up. IES is amazing.

Finances

* 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)

Super difficult

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? a lot
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? cook in your apartment a good amount

Language

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

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Support with academics
  • Support with housing
  • Support with health related issues
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing, it was perfect
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing, they will exceed all expectations

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.