So much fun! Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 06/18/2017 to 11/04/2017 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to be independent and stretched myself beyond my limits an individual fears. So worthwhile !!!

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?

Mostly due to my roommate, actual housing was fine.

* Food:

Cooked and bought my own food

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Slow healthcare service at the University but once seen by a doctor, it was very efficient. I got super sick with shingles and I felt that the doctor was more capable than the ones I see at my home school.

* Safety:

Very safe

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No

I would probably do an external program to get to know other people form different schools better.


* 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 very easy, Sydney is extremely expensive.

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 a budget and plan better in the beginning/get a job


* 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?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* 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? 0

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people I met and the city I was in
* What could be improved?
  • Information about the city and travel
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Do not live with people from your home school!! Stretch yourself

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Understanding Nazi Germany

Course Department: History
Instructor: Robert Buch
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Quite challenging and very interesting.
Credit Transfer Issues: Unsure
Course Name/Rating:

Perception and Cognition

Course Department: Psychology
Instructor: Damien Mannion
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Very challenging, more difficult than some of my Psychology classes at my home school.
Credit Transfer Issues: Unsure. I know it cannot go towards a core credit but only an elective.
Course Name/Rating:

Australian Legends

Course Department: Australian Studies
Instructor: Grace Karskens
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Very interesting learning the culture and myths of the country I was living in and the professor was very nice and attentive to her students.
Credit Transfer Issues: Unsure
Course Name/Rating:

Marine Environment

Course Department: Marine Studies
Instructor: Alexandra Campbell
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Intersting course while I was living so close to the ocean and going on underwater excursions.
Credit Transfer Issues: Unsure