Newcastle Student Teaching Past Review

By (Elementary Education, University of Maine - Orono) - abroad from 10/20/2014 to 12/12/2014 with

ISA Study Abroad in Newcastle, Australia

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
A lot of knowledge of how to be an independent person, and a lot of self growth. I would recommend this to everyone.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

ISA Globalinks was amazing and had everything ready for me. Always helpful!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I got placed in a huge house with 13 other student's and interns, which was perfect!

* Food:

Australian food is very similar, but you may find yourself eating a little differently here.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I pretty much felt right at home

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Didnt have any health issues

* Safety:

Down town was a little beat up, but Globalinks made sure I was living in a safe area

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)

I spent about 400 a week which included food, transportation, and money for weekend travel.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 400
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save the summer before you go. Look up grocery flyers online to see what you will be paying for food, and make a budget ahead of time of what you think you will be spending. Your guess will probably be close. The first week or 2 you will spend money on basic things you didnt think you would need to buy.


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

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  • Other
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 simplicity
  • the always available help
  • the support
* What could be improved?
  • earlier communication of placement
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Traveling on just the weekends is difficult so plan tightly and quickly

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.