Sydney: A New Culture Far Away Past Review

By (Math, Providence College) for

IFSA: Sydney - Macquarie University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was defiently worthwhile. It was wonderful to be able to experience a new culture that was so far away from America.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

the grading system is alot harder

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Our program coordinator through IFSA Butler was terrible and no help at all. The coordinator through Macquarie University was very helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Macquarie University Village <br /><br /> The village had a flood the week before we got there so alot of apartments did not have carpet and just a cement floor in living room, kitchen and some bedrooms.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

i did not like our coordinator- she was a liar and very unhelpful.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

very safe. never heard of any bad incidents

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? transportation

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • International Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? australia is a great place to study abroad but i would not go through IFSA Butler because they were not helpful.