Ormond College made me feel integrated in a way I never thought I would Past Review

By (Civil Engineering., The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 07/10/2012 to 11/26/2012 with

University of Melbourne: Melbourne - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned differing perspectives, learned to be more informed in regards to my own country and to learn and respect other countries, ideals, and beliefs.

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?

Ormond College is an amazing experience for anyone to become integrated in Australian culture. Could not have asked for anything better.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Went to the health center frequently and they were very helpful, just slow at some points.

* Safety:

Melbourne is one of the safest cities I have travelled to.

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)

Australia is very expensive. Especially alcohol.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 1,000
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Do not drink alcohol.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Meeting locals
  • Becoming a part of the local community
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • Course availability
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Increased my budget, and I wish they program was longer/ a full year

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.