Study Abroad in Australia Past Review

By (Physical Therapy/Therapist., University of Hartford) for

Macquarie University: Sydney - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was the best semester of my life. I learned alot about myself and my friends back home. I know who I can count on and I know which friends that I have made that I will keep in touch with. I now have a thrist for travel. I am already going to San Diego this Spring Break to meet up with a friend I made in Australia.

Personal Information

If you took classes at multiple universities, list those universities here: University of South Pacific and Macquarie University
The term and year this program took place: Fall 2008

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Amy Ryan was amazing!!! The Stamford office was hard to sometimes reach.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Really nice and RAs put on some great programs.

* Food:

I did all my own shopping or went out to eat. Don't eat on campus!!! People got food posioning.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Great Barrier free was amazing!!!!!! Go there. Blue mountains was alot of fun. Go on trips with clubs on campus. I went on a wine tour and made more friends through it.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Sydney feels much safer than New York City. I did not get sick to where I needed to go to healthcare facilities.

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 got $295 USD each month from the program on my debit card. I cooked most of my food. So i had leftover money on that to buy other things. I spent $2000 of my own money for the semester.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? The optional Great Barrier Reef trip only had carry-on luggage paid for and there was an optional day of activities.


Language acquisition improvement?

N/A Australians speak English.

Other Program Information

* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Ask as many questions you can to people that have gone on the program or at least to the same University.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Illness and Healing

Course Department: ANTH 274
Instruction Language: English
Comments: You need a prior knowledge of Anthropology. Aborignies are a major focus of the course. No participation in lectures, but a lot of participation in Tutorial. The whole class is Australian.
Credit Transfer Issues: No idea yet. Grades are not in yet.