Fulfilling, and not unlike Boston! December 04, 2017

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 07/24/2017 to 11/19/2017 with

IFSA: Melbourne - University of Melbourne

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to budget finances better. Overall, I definitely thought the experience was worthwhile.

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.

Some courses are quite rigorous, particularly within computer science.

* 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?

When I went to the

* Safety:

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

Melbourne, Australia had opportunities for sports, music, theater, political activism and more. The culture was very vibrant.


* 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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • I got along well with the locals I met.
* What could be improved?
  • I felt that the administration at University of Melbourne could be more efficient, since it was difficult to receive assistance.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Always go to class! University of Melbourne records every lecture, so that can sometimes be a disincentive not to go. This will probably backfire!