Past Review

By (molecular cell biology, SUNY - Binghamton) for

SUNY Buffalo State: Melbourne - RMIT University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Absolutely worth while. Go see New Zealand while you're in the area.

Personal Information

The term and year this program took place: Fall 2009

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I didn't take the hardest classes in the world, but the quality was quiet good.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Well organized but long waits.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

AMAZING. <br /><br /> I lucked out and found a cheap rent, in the best part of town in one of the nicest apartments in the whole city. My private balcony could fit over a hundred people. We also had 24 hour access to gym, pool, sauna. Private from 11pm-7am.

* Food:

Eat kangaroo and crocodile.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I met great people and had an amazing time.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt safe but Melbourne has some dangerous areas. It's not uncommon to see a fight.

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? 210 a week in rent 20 bucks a day for food 7 bucks per beer
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? hostel price change quickly. Food isnt cheap and the currency fluctuates a lot.


Language acquisition improvement?

My English probably got worse if anything.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • International Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Do it. Plan to travel on the long breaks around the East Coast of Australia. Get familiar with the cheap airlines and roughing it when you have to.