By (Marketing., Providence College) - abroad from 02/25/2013 to 07/01/2013 with

IFSA: Sydney - Macquarie University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about myself... especially being all on my own across the globe

Review Photos

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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.

I love Australia as a country, but I absolutely do not like the academic system here; it is very impersonal.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program


* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Housing was good, but I had very annoying male roommates who just smoked weed all the time. The best part about it was that I got my own room and bathroom!

* Food:

I had to go grocery shopping once a week (did not have a meal plan). Due to this, I was able to learn how to cook.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I made friends with a lot of Australians :)

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Did not have any issue with health care

* Safety:

I felt very safe

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? about $75
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? just save A LOT of money! especially for Australia.. it is super expensive here... and the quantities are very small


* 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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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Stayed on track with how the students were doing
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Not to take science class here... especially 'The Planet Earth'

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.