Adventures, Internationals, Champagne Past Review

By (The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 07/23/2012 to 11/22/2012 with

University of Sydney: Sydney - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
living with other people may be challenging but reaps more personal rewards, schooling environment is very different but it allows for other fun

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

they only have one final, it's not a semester of mastery but rather a single chance to mess everything up... and it's impossible to find students to study with on a regular basis

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

no experience

* Safety:

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)

$150/pw just for rent!

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? probably more than $200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? plan on living with a lot of people in a shanty house, accommodation is expensive


* 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

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Other
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • partying
  • camping, natural environment
  • international population of Sydney
* What could be improved?
  • better preparation for the academic culture
  • better preparation for the living expenses
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? how expensive Australia is and how different it is to go to university over there

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

BCHM 3072

Course Department: Molecular Biological Sciences
Instructor: Johnson
Instruction Language: English
Comments: excellent lab experience, scattered theory lectures, overall very intense and insightful and only the best lecturers
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

PLNT 2003

Course Department: Agriculture, Resources
Instructor: Quinnell
Instruction Language: English
Comments: excellent lab exposure, very thorough instructions, very individual work
Credit Transfer Issues:
Course Name/Rating:

RLST 3069?- Meditation and Self-Transformation

Course Department: Religious Studies
Instructor: Adamek
Instruction Language: English
Comments: very insightful, diverse student demographics, never learned about Buddhism before so this was great
Credit Transfer Issues: