An unforgettable learning experience in the natural areas of Australia July 11, 2023

By (Environmental Studies, Hamilton College) - abroad from 02/24/2023 to 05/11/2023 with

SIT Study Abroad: Australia - Sustainability and Environmental Action

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was very worthwhile. I gained a new perspective on the United States as well as gained a great wealth of knowledge in the area of study. I also gained great tools to use in my studies and further career in environmental studies.

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.

this program was excellent in all aspects from the high academic standards to the field learning experiences.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The administration of this program was well organized and allowed for a great education-travel balance.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

the living arrangements in our long term stays was excellent. We were provided lovely apartments in fantastic locations.

* Food:

The food when provided was always healthy and tasty.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt well integrated with the local culture due to our time to explore and live in a new country

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had no health issues during the program

* Safety:

Safety was the number 1 priority for all staff and we were never put into any risky situations

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

The program gave me a much more intricate and detailed base of knowledge in the environmental field as well as providing an excellent opportunity to learn about and experience Australian culture


* 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)

the student budget was enough for food and necessities and allowed us to practice money management.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 250$ dollars per week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save money in advance for activities you would want to do while in your abroad country.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Traveling
  • Camping trips
  • Excursions
* What could be improved?
  • Time management of assignments
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To save more money in advance than you think you will need