Australia: The different school life Past Review

By (Finance and Financial Management Services., St. Cloud State University) for

ISA Study Abroad in Brisbane, Australia

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
yes, it was a really enjoyable experience where I got to know a lot of unique and different people.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The educational experience was unique to me, because the classes had one lecture for about 2-3 hours along with a hour of tutorial with a teachers assistant. Lots of students wouldn't go to tutorials, it was scheduled for 20 and usually only 1-5 people showed up sometimes I was the only one.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They had support services and accessibility but they really didn't have a major presence. The people I would go to for questions like the ones listed above would have been the locals that I was living around.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I couldn't have choosen a better place to live during my time aboard. By living in the dorms I was able to live really close to the locals and really get to know them and see the differences between the US culture and that of Australia.

* Food:

I thought the food was alright, all the food was fairly healthy and it gave me an idea of what Australian would eat during a daily week and see how it was different than what I am use to.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

scuba diving the great barrier reef and just seeing the great barrier reef

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The country and the area I was at were extremely safe and I never worried about my safety well I was there.

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? 50, I had a food taken care at the beginning of the semester so it was already paided for by the time I got there. The 50 is for snacks and going out on the town.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Spread the money out over the entire trip and look for deals when looking to travel


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Fluent
What was the highest level language course you had completed prior to departure? I took a third year course which was were I was at with my home university
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • the great barrier reef expedition
* What could be improved?
  • more cultural events
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Be willing to go out of your comfort zones and be willing to meet new people