Traveling to Sydney, Australia was an experience I would love to have again! Past Review

By (Saint Joseph's University) - abroad from 07/16/2017 to 12/02/2018 with

IFSA: Sydney - Macquarie University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
This experience was worthwhile and a treasure I will always cherish. I learned a new found sense of independence, a passion for travel and gained new friends.

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.

My classes were engaging, interesting and the professors were well educated and passionate about their subjects.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The Village was secure and safe. The housing was nice, especially with having my own room and own bathroom!

* Food:

University did not provide food plans, so students must make own accommodations.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

A hospital is located right on the campus. Very easy to access, reliable and friendly staff.

* Safety:

I felt very safe at all times during my time abroad.

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)

Everything is much more expensive.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make a budget before going.


* 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?
  • Events throughout the semester
* What could be improved?
  • More organized trips
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To make a budget