Experience the Wonder Down Under Past Review

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IFSA: Cairns - James Cook University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
more independent

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Lighter workload overall but really loaded towards the end of the semester

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

very little on site support from IFSA-Butler, sort of left on our own once we got there

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

wish we had internet provided for us

* Food:

generally cooked for ourselves but it was cheaper than eating out

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

walk about club, ultimate frisbee club, pick up soccer, scuba trip to the Great Barrier Reef

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

We lived next door to the local police station and a health clinic was across the street

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


* 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)

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • location
  • friends I made
  • education
* What could be improved?
  • transportation
  • on site support
  • communication
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Independent student willing to be laid back and adventorous