Very fortunate to have had the most amazing experience studying abroad. January 08, 2023

By (Political Science, Middlebury College) - abroad from 08/10/2022 to 12/10/2022 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 integrate myself into the lives of students who have been living together for multiple years. I also learned how to navigate and travel in a country where I did not initially know anyone. It was most definitely worthwhile.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $60 on food (this fluctuated by week. I lived in a dorm with a dining hall, and theoretically could have had every meal there). $15 on public transportation.


* 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?

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  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Living and learning with Australian students, and the opportunity to integrate into the local culture.
  • Location and outdoor adventures
  • Weather
* What could be improved?
  • Communication between home university and abroad university
  • University study abroad portal could be updated
  • Better understanding of the highs and lows of the study abroad experience
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had a better understanding of how the residential colleges differ from dorms at my home institution.

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:

An Introduction to the Sydney Environment

Course Department: Biological, Earth, and Environmental Sciences
Instructor: Dr. Scott Mooney, David Edwards
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Had the course not been a take home/open note format it would have been challenging. There was a take home open note multiple choice final and a video project. There was a field trip offered, and each week there was a different instructor teaching class in their specific field.
Credit Transfer Issues: I have not begun the credit transfer process at my home institution.
Course Name/Rating:

Aboriginal Sydney

Course Department: Nura Gili
Instructor: Ben Kelly
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The course was not super challenging and included a field trip with an Aboriginal elder which was really cool. Ben was an awesome lecturer and the topic was really important, but the course was boring at times. I participated slightly less than I normally would at Middlebury. We were assessed on an open note take home exam, and two papers.
Credit Transfer Issues: This was a pre-approved study abroad course for my home institution.
Course Name/Rating:

Australian Politics

Course Department: School of Social Sciences
Instructor: Helen Pringle
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The course was not super challenging. Lectures were not always engaging, but I really enjoyed the discussions had in tutorials. I participated less in class than I would have at Middlebury. We were assessed with one open note take home exam, a 2500 word final paper (both of which made up the majority of the grade), participation, and a tutorial report. Helen was incredibly helpful meeting outside of class and really wanted to see her students succeed.
Credit Transfer Issues: This was a pre-approved course at my home institution.
Course Name/Rating:

Culture, Identity, and Education

Course Department: School of Education
Instructor: Dr. Rose Amazan
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This was the most challenging course I took during my time abroad. The instructors were incredibly knowledgable and well versed in complex sociological and philosophical ideas that related to education. I participated a little less than I would have at my home institution. We were assessed on two papers (1200 and 2500 words).
Credit Transfer Issues: I have not begun the credit transfer process at my home institution.