Living in the land of OZ August 16, 2017

By (Public Relations, Advertising, Applied Communication, University of Hartford) - abroad from 02/14/2017 to 06/27/2017 with

The Education Abroad Network (TEAN): Sydney - University of New South Wales

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained independence and confidence while abroad.

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.

The grading system is definitely different in Australia and the professors seem to grade a little harder but at UNSW they have lectures and then a tutorial with a smaller class size. The tutorials helped me a lot because the facilitator went over that weeks lecture in more detail.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

TEAN provided us with different options for housing. I opted for the beach accommodations on Coogee Beach and I HIGHLY recommend it. I lived in an apartment with 5 other girls and it was nice to live on my own and be completely self sufficient. It was also lovely to be less than a 5 minute walk to the beach. The only downside was probably the fact that you lived with other Americans instead of International students but if you join clubs on campus it is not hard to meet other students.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I met people from all over the world by going out and trying to step outside my comfort zone.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I never felt unsafe while anywhere in Australia and I traveled a lot a far amount.

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

TEAN was amazing while in Australia, they helped with every little question you might have and they also provide about 3-4 free activities throughout the semester. They ares super helpful in all aspects of the study abroad experience.

Finances

* 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)

Australia was very expensive but the exchange rate kind of evened it out.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? try to cook your own food as much as possible, it is the cheaper option.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • How helpful they were
* What could be improved?
  • n/a
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? n/a

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.