Studying Abroad in Australia: Incredible Past Review

By (ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS., Middlebury College) - abroad from 07/10/2012 to 11/14/2012 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was very worth while. I learned how to fully emerge myself in a culture that is quite different then our own. I also learned how to be patient with the differences between American and Australian culture

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

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?

* Food:

* 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


* 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 is very expensive


* 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

  • Apartment
* 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
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?
  • The living situation and the other students
* What could be improved?
  • The food, it was very expensive and not that great
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I know now to plan as many trips around the area as you can. The more you can travel, the better

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

The Novel

Course Department: English
Instructor: Christine Alexander
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This course was extremely similar to a challenging English course at Middlebury. It was difficult, but very engaging and interesting. I participated in and enjoyed this course a ton.
Credit Transfer Issues: No issues
Course Name/Rating:

The Marine Environment

Course Department: Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Instructor: Mariana Mayer-Pinto
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This course used the Australian environment very well through tons of field trips. It was fairly challenging but even more interesting, and I learned a ton that I never would have learned at Middlebury.
Credit Transfer Issues: No issues