The Best Experience of a Lifetime! Past Review

By (Special Education, Wheelock College) - abroad from 02/09/2012 to 06/30/2012 with

Macquarie University: Sydney - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
This experience was definitely worthwhile. I learned a new appreciation for different cultures and ways of living. Even though it was not what I am used to, living in another country is a great way immerse yourself in another culture and learn about how they live. I also met so many different amazing people that I got to share this experience with and we will always have that bond between us.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100-150 a week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to not spend so much money on shopping and things you can live without for a few months. It will be hard not to buy everything, but save your money for traveling and other fun experiences that will probably only be once in a life time chances you will have while you are abroad.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International 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?
  • Meeting new people
  • Experiencing once in a lifetime opportunities
  • going to Fiji first
* What could be improved?
  • more money for food per week
  • better housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Save as much money as possible. You want to be able to experience everything the country has to offer during this once in a lifetime opportunity!