Amazing Sydney Experience Past Review

By (Public Relations, Syracuse University) for

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a great deal through studying in Australia. I learned to slow down a little and enjoy life, and I truly gained a different perspective by studying where I was an outsider. I had a very valuable internship where I realized that I would like to continue event planning, public relations and other writing opportunities.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I took Italian I and consumer behavior, a marketing course. The workload is definitely similar to my home university, but they do mark hard if you compare it by numbers because they're system is different. A 90 is really great there, definitely an A and outstanding, but for us that seems alright. However, most of the lectures were similar to my home school and the team work was graded alike.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The program did a great job providing opportunities to travel and offer support and suggestions for classes. They were very helpful and explained the Australian culture very well in the orientation, too. The size of the program was large, and I met a lot of great new people that were there to have fun as well and we all got along.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My housing was absolutely perfect. It was located in Bondi Junction, a great area central to the city with above an entire transportation center. It was also close to the beach, yet close enough to school as well. The tiffany apartments provided us with cleaning services, fresh towels, a gym and even a pool! I didn't have to bring any items that way, everything was provided for in the apartment. Nightlife was definitely easily accessible, and we were located right next to the mall. I honestly could not have imagined a better living arrangement!

* Food:

The food provided on orientation was a little weak, but there are a lot of us to feed while traveling so I know it is difficult. However, dining in Australia was amazing! We could go to so many restaurants and the grocery store was located in the giant mall across the street with anything and everything that you could possibly need.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

One of my favorite memories was of the mardi-gras, which was so much fun. My program also arranged for horse race, orientation, pre-semester trips up to the east coast, and even a Thailand Spring Break! There was advice along the entire way, and the programs were nothing less than perfect.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Sydney was definitely a safe place, especially living in Bondi Junction. I did not have to worry about anything being stolen, and there was much less crime than in my experiences in cities in America. I never had to go to the doctors, but the health care is easily accessible. I did not need any vaccines or worry about health issues.

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)


If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I think a student that is looking to have fun, enjoy the beach, go out in the city, carefree living, eager to make new friends, and definitely interested in travel would benefit from this program. The housing is perfect for fun, and the Education Abroad Network gives the best options for Spring break and other travel opportunities that are out there; they shouldn't miss out!