Study abroad at University of Newcastle Past Review

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SUNY Buffalo State: Newcastle - University of Newcastle

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes it was worth it because I got to see a beautiful country and learn a new culture. I learned how to be much more open minded and independent.

Personal Information

The term and year this program took place: Fall 2009

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I enjoyed learning in Newcastle and the professors were very helpful and approachable which made academic success more attainable. There were also a lot of tutoring sessions available.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in a 3 bedroom townhouse off-campus. <br /><br /> I loved the location of my housing and I felt very comfortable with my living arrangements.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The program itself did not coordinate any social events to help study abroad students meet new people.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I can not remember a time I felt unsafe but I knew not to go out and walk alone by myself at night.

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? About $3,000 because food was extremely expensive even thought I went food shopping once a week and cooked at home so that I did not have to eat out.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Transportation fees, it cost me almost $7 a day to go to and from campus because I did not qualify for a reduced fair as a study abroad student.

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Issues in Australian History

Course Department: HIST 3220
Instructor: Lisa Featherstone
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This was definitely my favorite course abroad because the lectures were interesting and I enjoyed the discussions I had with my other classmates.
Credit Transfer Issues: My credits still have not transferred over because my home institution have not received them from Australia.