Eye-opening & life-enhancing: an absolute blast November 13, 2014

By (Environmental Design: Landscape Architecture, University of Colorado - Boulder) - abroad from 02/27/2014 to 06/19/2014 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It's always challenging trying to remember exactly what I was like before studying abroad. I was still the same me, with the same beliefs and general goals. However, I came home from Australia with a confidence and excitement that can only truly be gained through experience, and getting out of your comfort zone! I also developed a very profound understanding of the concept that "life is short". It really is, and if you have an opportunity to go, JUST SAY YES!!

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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.

* 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

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)

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? Make your own meals, drink less!

Language

* 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? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • International Student resources (the Red Centre)
  • location offered easy access to city life (Downtown Sydney, Newtown) as well as natural beauty (Blue Mountains, Royal Nat'l Park, local beaches)
  • Amazing university, brilliant teachers and student life
* What could be improved?
  • discounted supplies for students
  • encouragement to join campus group
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish that I knew how easy it was to live off campus, I probably would have done so.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.