University of Queensland, Australia: The perfect mix of adversity and pleasure Past Review

By (Public Health Education and Promotion., The University of Texas at Austin) for

The University of Queensland: Brisbane - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The number one thing I learned from my experience is to appreciate what I already have. I noticed the little things I took for granted back home. I gave my experience a five star rating because I got to step outside of my normal routine in life and see what it is like to basically get a completely new start. I meet tons of amazing people who added to my overall perspective and understanding as a person. Apart from growing as a person, I without a doubt experienced the most epic adventures of my life thus far. Between both Australia and New Zealand, I have never seen such beautiful scenery.

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.

The workload can seem pretty heavy at times but the grading system is a bit more relaxed so the two seem to balance each other out. I felt I had to devote myself a little more to school that semester than I had planned on but I feel I came away a better student.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in a house with five other international students and some local students in the Highgate Hill area. The house itself was nothing special, it was kind of old with very plain white rooms. However, my house mates were good people and I did not spend too much time in the house so it did not bother me all that much. Safety- four star I could walk to class in about 10 to 20 min. depending on how fast I walked (I passed a park and a bridge along the way (that crossed over the river) so the walk was very enjoyable. I could also take the bus for about 1.20 and get there in 5 min (the stop was right in front of my house. Nightlife- two places to go... west end or the valley. west end was either 5 min by bus or 15-20 min by foot(for me at least). The Valley was about 20 min by bus. Both were pretty easy to make happen.

* Food:

I bought cheap food so I could use the money to spend on traveling.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I did not get to travel as much as I had hoped but when I did get to get out and see things I loved every bit of it. I explored the entire south island of New Zealand(strongly recommend getting over there if you can), met tons of cool locals in Noosa and on the Gold Coast. The gold coast and the city of Brisbane always have cool little festivals going on so keep your ear to ground so you can catch some it. I went on a tour of Lamington National forest the first week I was there and it was amazing! It certainly set the tone for the rest of my trip.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

The city is pretty clean and gives of a very safe vibe. Things at night can be a bit shady if your not in the right places so just always be with friends and you will be practically guarantied to be fine. One of my house mates was mugged in West end right before I left so I suppose you should keep your head up and your things put away when your alone in that area. The Gold Coast had the most crime on the east coast from what I noticed on the news. I never had any problems myself though.

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? N/A Health Insurance, Passport, Visa. These are things you should already be expecting but I just was not aware at how expensive all of it together really was.


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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* Who did you live with?

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* 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? Prepare (research)!, Budget carefully, travel as much as possible, get your work done and then have the time of your life.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Australia's Terrestrial Environment

Course Department: BIOL 2001
Instructor: Dr Steve Salisbury
Instruction Language: English
Comments: It was challenging because I did not attend the class as much as I would have at my home institution. The course offered very interesting field trips to Brisbane Forest Park, Fraser Island World Heritage Area and Australia Zoo. The lectures were very interesting as well. The course had a few different instructors so finding the right person to ask questions about a certain topic was difficult at times. other than that, the instructors were very knowledgeable about their areas of interest.
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Health Promo: Perspectives & Practice

Course Department: HPRM3000
Instructor: Dr Nick Gilson
Instruction Language: English
Comments: I loved this class. I would recommend this class for all Health Promotion students. You have to study well and stay consistent with attendance but the lectures are interesting and the instructor is a really nice guy.
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Social Srategies

Course Department: Comu2001
Instructor: Dr Susan McKay
Instruction Language: English
Comments: The class was very time consuming. Grading consisted of a presentation and two papers that require a lot of research if you want to do well. I would not recommend this class to anyone who does not have a major that is highly related to writing.
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Genes cells and Evolution

Course Department: BIOL 1020
Instructor: Dr Cynthia Riginos
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Not the easiest class but I enjoyed it a lot. I participated in this class quite a bit so I could stay on top of things. I also had to attend a 3 hour lab once a week. The labs were long and drawn out but every once and awhile the labs were enjoyable.
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