An Unforgettable Experience that Truly Changed Me Past Review

By (Finance and Financial Management Services., Villanova University) - abroad from 02/12/2013 to 06/28/2013 with

University of Melbourne: Melbourne - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
One of the biggest things I gained was an enriched cultural understanding. Moreso than things I learned in the classroom, I learned about other people and how they live and view the world. Not only did I just learn from Australians, but I made friends from around the world.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Melbourne certainly offered a different teaching style than I was used to at Villanova. While Villanova was small classrooms and individual attention, Melbourne was mostly large lectures with hundreds of students. I at first found it a little hard to adjust to this.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I enjoyed the location of where I lived, as well as the people I lived with, but was not very satisfied with what I got for the price. I would have been able to find a much more affordable and nicer option had I not gone with the accommodation that was suggested to me.

* Food:

The food wasn't too different than home, just different brands mainly. There was a lot more seafood and sushi than at home, which I greatly enjoyed. A lot of different Asian cuisines are present in Australia as well.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt very welcomed by almost everyone I met.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I never really had any health issues.

* Safety:

I pretty much always felt safe, even when walking around the city at night.

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 was not prepared at all for the amount of expenses I would incur during my time in Melbourne. The estimations given to me by Villanova were not very accurate.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $400-$500
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make sure to budget money for traveling while abroad. This was probably my biggest oversight. I was mainly thinking of expenses I would incur in living in Melbourne, but did not take account all the traveling I wanted to do.


* 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
* 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?
  • The people
  • The city of Melbourne
* What could be improved?
  • Cost effectiveness
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How high prices in Australia were so I could have prepared better