Lifechanging Past Review

By (English/Creative Writing, Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/23/2013 to 12/05/2013 with

SIT Study Abroad: Australia - Sustainability and Environmental Action

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I am a changed person. I have more confidence, I'm happier, I'm more outgoing, and I feel liberated. I loved my program.

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

* 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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $30
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make your own food, it's cheaper.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Host Family
  • Apartment
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • Host Family
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
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?
  • Fellow students
  • Traveling
  • The Independent Study Project
* What could be improved?
  • RME
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Pack more long-sleeved t-shirts! Tasmania is cold!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Independent Study Project

Course Department: ENAM
Instructor: N/A
Instruction Language: English
Comments: I had to produce a creative writing project, a research paper, and give a presentation on my findings/work after the five week period.
Credit Transfer Issues: I don't know.
Course Name/Rating:

Research Methods & Ethics

Course Department:
Instructor: Laura Brennan
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was not challenging, my teacher was knowledgeable, I participated more than I do at Middlebury because it was very easy. We were assessed with readings, discussions, essays, and survey/interview exercises.
Credit Transfer Issues: I don't really know.
Course Name/Rating:

Sustainability & Environmental Action

Course Department: ENVS
Instructor: Peter Brennan
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was an incredibly informative class, I learned a lot not only about the topics but about myself. Peter really knew what he was talking about and made me want to participate in the classes. We were assessed with papers and discussions.
Credit Transfer Issues: I don't know yet.