Studying Abroad in Australia: I WILL BE BACK! Past Review

By (PSYCHOLOGY., St. Mary's College of Maryland) for

Study Abroad Programs in Australia

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
My study abroad experience was well worth it. I didn't expect it to go so well. I met many friends, some of whom I still keep in contact with, and traveled a fair bit. Going there made me realize that traveling is something I need to make room for in my future.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The work load was much lighter in comparison with St. Mary's. The work given was neither easier nor harder than what I am used to. Grading, though they had different letter grades, was not substantially different. The classes were much larger, however we were able to get in touch with the teacher easily and have any concerns of ours addressed. The experience over all was great, however I will say that the lighter work load made it more difficult for me to actually remember when my assignments were due.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

This program was fairly new at the time of my departure and so there were still some issues, such as getting the money to students on time, that still needed to be ironed out. Getting course equivalencies for certain classes was also a little difficult. Other than these everything went well.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

The food was average at the dorm.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I met many friends and traveled with them for a bit. We saw the rain forest and visited a few sanctuaries that housed many animals native to Australia.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Australia, especially the part where I stayed, was very safe. I never felt any fear of being out whether with friends or alone.

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)

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Traveling
  • Friends
  • The School
* What could be improved?
  • Money
  • Course Equivalencies
  • Dorm Food
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Have lots of money and travel everywhere. Either come with it or get a job there to support your traveling.