A Semester in Adelaide Past Review

By (Winona State University) - abroad from 02/13/2018 to 07/01/2018 with

IFSA: Adelaide - University of Adelaide

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a better understanding of Australian culture, aswell as how diverse the people are through the country. For example, the culture in Adelaide was very different from Outback culture and so on. I learned the importance of saying "yes" and trusting yourself. My semester abroad was completely worthwhile and am incredibly grateful for the opportunity I had.

Review Photos

IFSA: Adelaide - Engage Australia Photo

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

IFSA Butler did an astounding job at supporting me throughout my experience.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Urbanest was centrally located which made walking places easy. It was also across the street from the train station which made accessing suburbs also simple.

* Food:

Food was not provided through this program.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I met with a doctor at the beginning of my semester in order to have prescriptions filled while I was in Australia. IFSA directed me to the resources needed such as which medications I could take and the location of the doctor while I was there.

* Safety:

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

I would absolutely choose the city Adelaide to study abroad in and the IFSA Program to study through.


* 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)

Adelaide is one of the most affordable cities in the world, and I was able to live comfortably on a students budget. It was also inexpensive to travel as it is near other major cities such as Melbourne and Sydney.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Plan ahead and set aside money to travel before you leave.


* 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?

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  • 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?
  • Location of Housing / University
  • IFSA Butler Orientation in Sydney
  • University sponsored clubs and organizations
* What could be improved?
  • Travel / Excursion Opportunities
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had done more research about Australia's geography and culture. When I arrived I hadn't the slightest idea of where I wanted to travel or visit.

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.