an Amazing 5 Months! Past Review

By (Fordham University) - abroad from 02/14/2019 to 06/23/2019 with

IES Abroad: Sydney Direct Enrollment - University Of Sydney

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained work experience through my internship and a better understanding of networking with international colleagues. I also learned to become more independent and understanding of those different than 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.

Academics were harder than expected, but doable. Heaps of classes to choose from

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Apartments were very simple, super close to campus

* Food:

So many places to eat on King Street right near the village!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Aussies are warm and welcoming - very easy to get used to life down under!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

extremely safe!!

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Study abroad was an amazing experience! I made heaps of new friends, saw tons of new counties and felt fully immersed in the culture. There was never a dull moment! Aussies are friendly and always willing to help - they love showing off their country. The Uni offered an internship program and I really enjoyed my time working and connecting with professionals from a different country. I have nothing but positive memories of my time abroad!


* 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 is very expensive, be prepared to spend a lot.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save up and be prepared to spend over your budget. Hostels are great way to save money


* 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

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Location- Sydney is the best!
  • Interning
  • Meeting new people
* What could be improved?
  • Housing
  • Communication
  • Activities offered by IES
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Start keeping track of spending from Day 1- it is really easy to overspend!

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.