A Semester Down Under: A lifetime of memories Past Review

By (Biology, General., Presbyterian College) for

The University of Queensland: Brisbane - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I expanded my cultural horizons, gained new friends, saw and experienced amazing places, and overall fulfilled one of my childhood dreams.

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* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Overall, the academics were great. The professors and staff were dedicated, approachable, and highly knowledgeable in their fields. They were eager to help students and go beyond the classroom in order to convey the ideas in the course.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

PC did not help me find housing whatsoever. I was completely on my own and could have wound up with no place to live. Luckily, through my own action, I was able to procure an apartment that was suggested to me by the study abroad office of the University of Queensland. This worked out very well and I enjoyed where my apartment was located and the people with whom I lived. However, this was very fortunate that I found this apartment on my own accord because I could have ended up in Australia with no place to live since PC did not help with the abroad housing process.

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* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

This was the best 6 months of my life. The traveling and social events I attended and the memories created will last a lifetime.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Brisbane was a very clean and safe city. I never ran into any problems, either health or crime related.

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? I spent about $100 USD a week on food and $50USD per week on personal expenses.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Budget money for travel, food, and personal expenses as you see fit. After that, set aside money for emergency situations.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None

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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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? If you ever have wanted to go to Australia, do it! It was an amazing experience I wouldn't trade for the world. Don't look back. Just push through and do it.

Individual Course Reviews

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Plant Identification

Course Department: Australian Marine Vertebrates
Instructor: Australian Marine Environment
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