Past Review

By (Finance/Asian Studies, SUNY - Binghamton) for

SUNY Buffalo State: Newcastle - University of Newcastle

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes the study abroad was worthwhile. I met the most interesting and a good variety of people in a concentrated area. This experience allowed me to realize how much I belong in New York State and appreciate my family and friends at home. It allowed me to learn that there are ALL kinds of people out there in the world. I learned a lot about different culture and geography that I was not well aware of before. There are many people I came across who were really bright and knowledgeable about different things I was never aware of.

Personal Information

The term and year this program took place: Fall 2009

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The education standards were very low. It is very easy to pass or get a good grade without doing much work. I did not feel that it challenged me. For example their language classes are only taken place once a week and I do not think this will help the students learn much/ excel in their language skills. In Binghamton, foreign language classes are taken place 4-5 days a week, with weekly quizzes. I feel this is more of an effective way of teaching a language

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

looks like a prision <br /><br /> good for student interaction but it is not very clean or welcoming.

* Food:

Food is terrible. Meat didnt taste like the meat they are suppose to taste like.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Safety in newcastle is alarming. There were constant attacks of foreign students. During the semester my chinese teacher was harassed by someone throwing rocks at her and I know someone who got their laptop mugged. I never felt safe walking on campus at night and always called the security shuttle to take me back to my dorm.

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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? too much...expense it really high in australia. living and eating on campus is really expensive. it cost me around 6 thousand for living and food for 4 months. I suggest you to live and eat on your own. Everything is just expensive in australia.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? How expensive australia is. Nothing is cheap!


Language acquisition improvement?

I learned a lot of new Australian slangs and lingo.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
  • Local Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Make sure you know what you want to take out of the experience. For example what kind of lifestyle you want to life in.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Chinese Language Translation

Course Department: Chinese
Instructor: Li Sai
Instruction Language: Chinese
Comments: I did not gain much knowledge from this course because it was only once a week, which I felt was not enough for a language class.
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Course Department: Science
Instructor: Doctor Bill
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Great class, really nice teacher and really helpful. One of the best professors I have met. Very supportive and enthusiastic about his job. Always there to lend a helping hand. I learned so much from this class! It was a exceptional class and I am very satisfy with what I took out of it
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Japanese Identity and Culture

Course Department: JPN3202
Instructor: Professor Sato
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Okay course---could of been more organized
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Course Department: PHIL
Instruction Language: English
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TOUSISM in Marketing

Course Department: Business
Instruction Language: English
Comments: I did not learn much from this course that I have not learned in Binghamton Business School.
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