Once in a Lifetime Experience in Newcastle Past Review

By (University of Northern Iowa) - abroad from 02/27/2012 to 06/21/2012 with

University of Newcastle: Newcastle - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how different other countries run their Universities. I do have an appreciation for American universities now but it was amazing getting to experience an Australian university. I learned that I can really be on my own without my parents being able to come over if I need something. I can adapt well in a new environment and also, I love traveling!! It was beyond worthwhile, mostly because of the people I got to know and become friends with all over the world.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

International House!

* Food:

Similar grocery stores as America, on campus food was awful!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It felt like I was one of them!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I felt pretty safe most of the time, just not by myself at night. It was a really big campus with lots of trees around.

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)

Accommodation is expensive and so is pretty much everything else in Australia

* Was housing included in your program cost? No
* Was food included in your program cost? No
Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200 for housing + $50 for food/personal
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Just use common sense, it's cheaper to get groceries rather than going out.


* 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

  • Dorm
  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • 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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Living with the locals and not being singled out as an international student
* What could be improved?
  • I didn't really feel like the administration there did anything to help me get settled. I was able to figure things out on my own.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I didn't need to bring so much stuff! And more importantly that I would get so close to some people.