Until We Meet Again My Friend. Past Review

By (PSYCHOLOGY., Wellesley College) - abroad from 07/23/2012 to 11/22/2012 with

University of Melbourne: Melbourne - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that I can go into a city where I knew no one, find my way around, and learn to love a city I knew nothing about. I found groups of friends and was willing to take advantage of opportunities. I learned to take risks and be vulnerable.

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.

The only rigorous parts of the courses were the mid-semester essay worth half the grade and the final exam. There was no course work during the class.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in the RMIT Village. Although it was rather expensive for the actual apartment, it was great for meeting new people who were also abroad.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I joined the Melbourne Uni. softball team to meet more people. It was one of the best choices I made while abroad.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt safe enough to walk back to my apartment alone in the evening. I made sure to always carry my cell phone and be aware of who was around me, but overall, I never felt threatened.

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)

I had difficulties because the dollar was very weak in Australia.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I spent about $100 a week on food and personal expenses.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Always be willing to buy generic brand food and only go out to eat maybe once every 2 weeks.


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

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Lifestyle
  • friends I made
  • opportunities
* What could be improved?
  • better prep for money differences
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I would have like to have realized how quickly it goes by. The first day I arrived, I cried from stress and being lonely. I told myself I just needed to survive for 5 months. Today, I realize how quick 5 months is and how much I would give to turn back time and do it all again.

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.