A dive into the Australian green movement and climate action May 30, 2019

By (Brandeis University) - abroad from 01/31/2019 to 05/15/2019 with

SIT Study Abroad: Australia - Sustainability and Environmental Action

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes, I learned a lot about climate activism through my own research and the coursework and that is invaluable.

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?

Health was good, I got sick and received care, the program was helpful but did not give me any resources to figure out where to get care or help me when we were out of civilization.

* Safety:

I gave four stars because it is up to you to be safe, there are large portions of the program which are self directed, especially the end of the program for the independent study therefore it might not be 100% safe where you choose to go, but it doesn't mean that it is dangerous.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

Finances

* 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)

It depends on if the program is providing or not and where you are at. In the city if you complete your research there then you are going to need to spend your own money on food and housing because the stipend is very small.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? not too much, but it depends on where you are.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? don't buy expensive drinks at bars, and try out free things for fun, such as museums and parks vs. going on cruises or other expensive activities.

Language

* 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?
  • location
  • faculty
  • travel with the program
* What could be improved?
  • faculty
  • group size, it was a bit big for me
  • more time outside
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? to bring more city clothes and less hiking clothes:)

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Networker
An active student leader, it was important for you to network abroad as well. Once overseas, you sought out student clubs, volunteered with local organizations, or attended community events. You encouraged your friends join you, and often considered how you could reflect your international experiences in a resume.