Definitely Going Back! Past Review

By (International Relations And Global Studies, The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 07/25/2012 to 11/20/2012 with

University of Sydney: Sydney - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Sydney is the most amazing city in the world, the beaches and landscape are amazing and the people I've met will no doubt be my friends for life. Worth every penny.

Review Photos

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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.

Assignments were heavily weighed but school was, overall, pretty chilled.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Got no help whatsoever from Sydney Uni but didn't really need it, everything was fairly self-explanitory

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Bondi Beach is worth the commute

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Australians are amazingly friendly and welcoming

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Sydney is totally safe if you avoid the blatantly un-safe areas

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? +200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't eat out so much and pregame before 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? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • being independent from a planned-out, group program
  • Sydney itself- the people, lifestyle, travel, etc
  • experiencing a different uni style
* What could be improved?
  • had no basic knowledge of Sydney Uni
  • financial aid released a month after i got there- literally had no money
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing- the learning experiences were really important and the mistakes made for good stories.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'