Amazing Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 07/23/2017 to 11/20/2018 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 challenging socially which was definitely worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The courses were not very challenging compared to Middlebury classes, but I enjoyed the content of the classes I took.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The process was easy to integrate into.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived off campus.

* Food:

I did not have a meal plan so I cooked every meal.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Not very integrated.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

If I had an issue, we had insurance covered through the direct enrollment program.

* Safety:

Sydney is incredibly safe.

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)

Not easy

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100-200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try not to eat out every meal.


* 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?
  • Good night life
  • Amazing food
  • Interesting classes
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How expensive it would be.

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:

Environmental Activism

Course Department: Environmental Studies
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was an incredible experience, would definitely recommend.
Credit Transfer Issues:
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Media, Society and Politics

Course Department: Media and Communication
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The class was very interesting but overall not very engaging.
Credit Transfer Issues: No issues here.
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Australian Legends

Course Department: Australian Studies
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This was my favorite class abroad.
Credit Transfer Issues: No issues.
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Global Media

Course Department: Media and Communications
Instructor: Scott Shaner
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Although it was not challenging for me, I thought it was very interesting and something that I could not get at Middlebury.
Credit Transfer Issues: No issues.