Great experience, filled with self discovery, friends, and endless fun! Past Review

By (The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 02/12/2013 to 07/01/2013 with

University of Melbourne: Melbourne - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
When I first arrived I was put through a bit of a trial... after 30 hours of traveling arriving to the dingy filthy apartment with no AC, internet, and lacked any access to contact anyone I knew.... I realized it would be harder than I thought. However through the little trials I was put through I learned a lot about my self and shortly after getting settled realized how amazing humanity was around me. The people I met there were incredible, and so was the country itself. Definitely worthwhile, despite times where it seemed like I couldnt get by, I am so glad I was able to experience this. It helped me gain a better perspective on what should be important in life, seeing how I previously would almost think the world would end if I did poorly on one test. I really was able to find a great balance between happiness and success.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The Academic rigor was only intense due to poor planning and unexpected clashes not known ahead. Make sure all details with coursework is finalized.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

It was great to find a place in the city and so close to the University.

* Food:

Melbournes public tram system can easily take you to the best little italian districts, a phenomenal china town, and much more nifty eclectic cuisines. Just be warned it is a pricey, but with respect to their minimum wage its fair.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Everyone was incredibly friendly!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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? Not including all the school trips, supplies, rent, shower, electricity, basic living needs..... and only considering food (food alone ...175/week)
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Look everywhere for scholarships, cost of living can be significantly high and if possible bring as many school supplies necessary or have them shipped over if itll really save a dime. Also do not bother with TV, and try and use free internet cafes.


* 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? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Culture (locals, people, ways of life)
  • Traveling throughout the country
  • Being able to do something new everyday
* What could be improved?
  • credit issues, really inconsistent and just not much direction
  • knowing if there is a mandatory field trip before the actual first day of class.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew of more options for living arrangements. Also wanted to know if there is anything I could have done while abroad to speed up credit processing, and just course selection in general. I didnt know that for one of the classes which I planned to take was scheduled during the same time as another, and I didnt know that one had a mandatory field trip before I arrived in the country.