A time of personal growth, amazing friendships, and tons traveling! Past Review

By (Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 02/23/2015 to 06/24/2015 with

University of Melbourne: Melbourne - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Definitely worthwhile. I gained and learned an independence like I never could being even 3 hours away from my parents. I gained knowledge about differences in culture and how interesting and important it is to know about people different from yourself.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Classes were more essay based than my home university, the workload was less than expected too

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Administration was helpful in signing up for classes, but I did not have much exposure to them besides the first week of classes and signing up

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I used semesterinaustralia.com and I really enjoyed where I stayed in downtown Melbourne. It was a 20 minute walk to campus and my view was phenomenal.

* Food:

Australian food and culture is amazing period.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I joined a club and this helped a lot with feeling integrated.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?


* Safety:

The city was very safe. I did not have any fear or problems when walking around 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)

Australia is expensive in general. Be prepared to pay more for housing, groceries, etc.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Get a travel card to help with currency exchange fees. I also recommend making your own food most of the week to avoid paying for expensive meals.


* 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?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Classes
  • The city
* What could be improved?
  • More help with registering and knowing about classes
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Plan your trips for the end of your trip because you are not going to want to leave right after school. You may even take trips with your new friends.