Past Review

By (ecology and evolutionary biology; anthropology, Tulane University) for

University of Melbourne: Melbourne - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
everything was amazing except for the money issue mentioned above

Personal Information

The term and year this program took place: Full-Year 2008

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

in Evolutionary biology major the classes were fantastic and so much more specific and of a much greater range than Tulane

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

great community - most helpful to one adjusting to a new culture

* Food:

food at the college wasn't very good (not much flavor or variety and most things were boiled so they lost their nutrients), but the city's food was excellent and fresh - all local. great asian food because of the variety of asian ethnicities and populations

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

fantastic experience! highly recommend. the australians are so much fun and melbourne is a great city for students, down to earth and relaxed

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

crime doesn't seem to be a big problem in austalia compaired to america

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? 250
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? buy from the grocery store/liquor store rather than an eatery or pub


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None

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

* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? go and experience - socialize with the locals and fully embrace the culture - minimize the number of other americans you socialize with as you will not get a full cultural experience