Living a Life of 'No Worries' Past Review

By (PSYCHOLOGY., Cornell University) - abroad from 02/27/2012 to 06/25/2012 with

The University of New South Wales: Sydney - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Coming from a fast-paced urban background, it was refreshing to slow down and enjoy life through Sydney's easygoing lifestyle. It made me appreciate the balance between commercial activity and natural beauty in a city. With such a friendly and laid-back atmosphere, it's hard not to smile and enjoy the abundant sunshine with the Aussie attitude of 'no worries.'

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Study Abroad office was very friendly and would offer great assistance when requested.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Medical professionals at the university are very thorough in their examinations. They are attentive and provide both preventive and curative care.

* Safety:

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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? No
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy TravelTen bus passes to save money. Concession prices are only for exchange (not Study Abroad) students.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Local students organising social events
  • Location of housing near the beach
  • Wide range of subjects/courses
* What could be improved?
  • More interaction with local students
  • Administration could be more time-efficient
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Local students usually don't live near Study Abroad housing.