The Amazing Australian Adventure Past Review

By (Sociology., Trinity University) - abroad from 07/24/2014 to 12/08/2014 with

IFSA: Sydney - Macquarie University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a ton about myself and who I wanted to be. Every minute was worthwhile

Review Photos

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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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I loved everything about IFSA Butler

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The village admin is almost impossible to deal with. The worst part of my study abroad experience

* Food:

Very expensive

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had no healthcare issues but felt prepared if I had

* Safety:

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? 200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Drinking is expensive. Eating out is expensive. Save for experiences, cook at home.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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
  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Cultural events (rugby)
  • Country life
  • Having a mentor
* What could be improved?
  • Living arrangments
  • Ride to airport for group flight
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? furnishing apartment in other country costs a lot for 5 months

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Love, Sex, and Friendship

Course Department: Sociology
Instructor: Harry Blattner
Instruction Language: English
Comments: I found this class very interesting and different from any class offered at TU. The assessment was all done by papers and the teacher and tutor were knowledgeable and friendly.
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Intro to Indigenous Australia

Course Department: Aboriginal Studies
Instructor: Corrine Franklin
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Assessment was by papers. The instructor was very animated about her subject but faulted the government and only talked about the problems faced by indigenous people. There was almost no talk about current culture or customs.
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Myth in the Ancient world

Course Department: ancient history
Instructor: ian plant
Instruction Language: english
Comments: I am not interested in mythlogy and this class did not make it more interesting. the lectures are online so you have to have the motivation to watch them all in your own time and focus on them not other things on the computer. The assessments are not difficult and there are only a few but the weekly quizzes based on the lectures mean you need to be organized and not fall behind.
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Passion, Idenitity, and Rebellion in Popular Music

Course Department: music
Instructor: Guy Marrow
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Fairly interesting. Assessments are very open to what you want to do. Not as current music as I expected but covers all genres except country
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