Best 5 months of my life Past Review

By (Forestry, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo) - abroad from 02/11/2012 to 06/12/2013 with

ISA Study Abroad in Newcastle, Australia

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained a lot of friends who I know will be lifelong friends. I went in knowing nobody else in my program, but the first person I met, in the airport, had a mutual friend. I learned so much about Australia and I was lucky enough to travel and see a whole lot of the country. Newcastle is a great city, awesome beaches, good food, cool people, I want to go back.

Review Photos

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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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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)


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Local 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?
  • The people I met
  • The week in Cairns
* What could be improved?
  • Need a local liaison in Newcastle
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew to budget my money a little better. Australia is expensive and watching my bank account over the weeks was pretty sad.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.