Australia; the most fun you can have in a semester!! Past Review

By (English Literature (British and Commonwealth)., DePauw University) for

ISA Study Abroad in Melbourne, Australia

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
MOST DEFINITELY. Changed the way I look at life, my major, expanded my horizons and made some of best 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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Never really needed it in Australia but wouldn't have known where to look if I had.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Single rooms and nice bathrooms!

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Lots of interesting things to do around my university. But also very easy to travel around the country.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Never felt unsafe and never in danger

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? VERY EXPENSIVE. Everything is more expensive in Australia. Was spending over $100 a week including grocerys.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? SAVE BEFORE YOU GO. Everything adds up. It's hard to say no to traveling so you want lots of money to be able to do as much as you can. Also you forget about every day things like groceries and transport.


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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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* 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? SAVE MONEY. It was really the only issue I had. Plan where you want to travel before you go and make sure you plan to do them all otherwise you will get to the end of the semester and realize you havent done something you really wanted to do.

Individual Course Reviews

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Renaissance Voices

Course Department: English
Instructor: Paul Salzman
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Lots of reading and essays were marked to strict criteria.
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Australian Aboriginal History

Course Department: History
Instructor: Richard Broome
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Interesting because about local history. Lot of work.
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Narrative Analysis

Course Department: English
Instructor: Ian Topliss
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Interesting variety of readings.
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Monsters, Savages and Us

Course Department: History
Instructor: Gabi Haynes
Instruction Language: Englsih
Comments: Very interesting content presented in a unique way.
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