Sydney Past Review

By (PSYCHOLOGY., Wellesley College) for

IFSA: Sydney - Macquarie University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
absolutely. it gave me a new perspective on many aspects of my life.

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.

workload: average, different course layout, different grading scale

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Michelle was a great program leader.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* 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?

* Safety:

I broke my ankle and had to have surgery. The medical services in general were great - the university provided me with an electric wheelchair, disabilities services, and occupational therapy. However, OHSC, the mandatory insurance company for overseas patients was extremely unhelpful and hard to deal with. Seven months later, I am still dealing with claims that they cant seem to manage.

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? Groceries: $100 Eating out: $30 Transportation: $30-$50 Activities/events: $75 Apparel: $50 ~$300/week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? It is much more expensive than America. Bank of America adds a foreign transaction fee for every purchase.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None

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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A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? be open-minded