Past Review

By (Civil Engineering., University of Hartford) for

ISA Study Abroad in Brisbane, Australia

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Absolutly, I would not trade this experience for the world. I am so much more open minded and alot more independent. I have traveled to so many different places, experiencing many different cultures that makes me a more well rounded indivual.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: Queensland University of Technology
The term and year this program took place: Spring 2009

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Classes were too large, introduction course and only electives for me to get a great understanding of the material.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very helpful and useful, gave many tips about the country.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Class to city, lived with friend, good view from balcony.

* Food:

Plenty of very good restaurants and grocery store is a walk away.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Very good nightlife in brisbane, plenty of places to travel for just a day, weekend, or even a week.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Very safe for big city and never had any health issues.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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? I over spent alot. Probably spent about $3,000 a month for 5 months plus cost of apartment. Our group went out alot and did alot of traveling.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to eat in as much as possible, the first month or so I didnt want to shop so we ate out alot which adds up fast.


Language acquisition improvement?

All classes were in English, my native toung.

Other Program Information

* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Just do it, don't let factors stop you from going abroad. It was the bet experience of my life by far and does not compare to any semester at UH.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Enviroment and Society

Course Department: HHB127
Instructor: Dr. Peter Hastings
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Mainly about the geography of the earth and how affects the population and were they live. A lot of case studies that deal with problems from pollution to fast growing population. Pretty challenging course because more than just broad knowledge was needed.
Credit Transfer Issues: Still abroad at the moment, grades still havent posted here.
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Course Department: HHB104
Instructor: Galvin Kendall
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Very well stuctured and organized. Utilized blackboard very well. Comprised of 4 multiple choice exams which is better than just a final and midterm.
Credit Transfer Issues: Still abroad at the moment, grades still havent posted here.
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Course Department: BSB115
Instructor: Dr. Vicky Browning
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Larger class (about 400) but tutorials were about 20 people. A lot of group work in tutorial. No tests, all presentations and write ups. Most active class I took.
Credit Transfer Issues: Still abroad at the moment, grades still havent posted here.