* Overall educational experience
Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.
Studying at Macquarie University was completely different than studying at Monmouth University. At Macquarie there are about 33,000 students and around 9,000 them are international students; this is a huge difference when comparing it to Monmouth’s undergraduate population of about 5,000. In addition, the classroom activity is almost entirely different. Here at Monmouth, you’re used to learning in a small classroom with about 35 students max; however, at Macquarie, your lectures consist of 100+ students. In addition, there are no attendance policies in lectures (there is in tutorials) and this causes many students to skip lectures. I passed all my classes because I made it a point to go to each and every lecture. The indigenous culture is a huge topic in Australia and I took a class that taught you all about the culture and history of the Aboriginal people. This really helped me open up to the cultures in Australia.
How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?
I needed to buy some items to settle in but not many. The other people living in my apartment were form America, India, Japan, and Korea. We were all super close by the time my friend and I left.
* Social & Cultural Integration:
How integrated did you feel with the local culture?
Arranged by program: Blue Mountains
Arranged by our group ourselves:
One Fish Two Fish
Fiji, stop-over on the way home