Uncomfortable and beautiful Past Review

By (Middlebury College) - abroad from 07/17/2018 to 10/31/2018 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 to have a lot of independence and self-love, there were many times of loneliness and I needed to find validation from myself

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

* 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

I liked the location of my program, University of Sydney has a much prettier campus than mine but I think going to school in the middle of the city would have been difficult. Being right near the beach but also 20 minutes from Sydney was perfect


* 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? Over $200 a week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Grocery shopping in bulk


* 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
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Not a huge campus
  • Close to Coogee
  • The other abroad students I met
* What could be improved?
  • Campus is not attractive
  • Integration of locals and abroad studens
  • preparation for abroad
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That abroad is really hard and that is not spoken about. It is made out to be an idealistic and amazing experience when there are some really hard moments

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

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Sport Law and Society

Course Department: Law
Instructor: Anthony Hughes
Instruction Language: English
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Philosophy, Knowledge, Reality

Course Department: Philosophy
Instructor: Michaelis Michael
Instruction Language: English
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History of the Present

Course Department: History
Instructor: Anne Obrien
Instruction Language: English
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Australian Legends

Course Department: Arts
Instructor: Grace Karskens
Instruction Language: English
Credit Transfer Issues: