Best 4 months of my life Past Review

By (Business Administration, Management and Operations., Providence College) - abroad from 02/17/2013 to 07/01/2013 with

IFSA: Sydney - Macquarie University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Australia is an incredible place. Definitely worthwhile and I will come back as soon as I can

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.

I planned it out and took easy classes over here so that I could focus on traveling and enjoying myself.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very helpful people. They always kept in touch with us to make sure everything was going well and also planned free events for us to attend.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in the village. While it was not as nice as it looked in the pictures, it was a great experience. I got to live with 5 other people from around the US.

* Food:

For the sake of saving money I had to buy the cheapest food I could and make my own meals.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Culture is great here. Everyone is so laid back and nice.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Never had a problem with my health over here but from what I heard, the healthcare was mediocre here.

* Safety:

Sydney is a very friendly city. King's Cross is the only real concern when you go to bars on the weekends.

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)

I'm broke. It is absurdly expensive over here.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $500
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Nope. You're screwed. No matter how much you think it is going to cost you, it will be more.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

Language is English

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? High school
How many hours per day did you use the language? 10+
Do you have any tips/advice on the best ways to practice the language for future study abroad participants? English

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
  • 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
  • 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?
  • Great Barrier Reef
  • Whitsunday Islands
  • Spring Break Trip
* What could be improved?
  • Everything could cost less
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I would be broke

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.