SFS Australia was the best three months I've experienced. Past Review

By (Geosciences and Environmental Studies, Pacific Lutheran University) for

The School for Field Studies / SFS: Australia & New Zealand - Rainforest Studies

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I've learned much more about being a global citizen and also about myself.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in a cabin with six other girls for the duration of the program in the middle of the Australian rainforest. It was the perfect living situation for me during this study abroad experience. My only complaint is that there was a mold problem throughout the semester, which is to be expected when living in that kind of humid environment.

* Food:

I'm a vegetarian and never had any problem with food. Iris is a WONDERFUL cook; she's very kind and willing to cater to all of our needs.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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

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)

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Other
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? This is a wonderful program. I learned valuable information about rainforest conservation and made lifelong friends along the way. For those looking into SFS, it's GREAT, just be sure you're ready to live in a really remote location for semester.