Living in a Land Down Under is the Only Way to Go! Past Review

By (Kinesiology and Exercise Science., The University of Texas at Austin) - abroad from 03/04/2013 to 06/29/2013 with

University of Sydney: Sydney - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
The biggest thing I learned is how important home is to me. Traveling to Sydney was absolutely wonderful, and an opportunity I will tell everyone about. I loved the environment and the people I met while I was there. The people is what made the experience as fabulous as it was. I know I made lifelong friends that I'll definitely keep in touch with. I learned how important traveling really is and how vital it is to understand what you want out of life. I now believe that traveling is essential to do before settling down anywhere, and I plan to do more of it in the future.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The quality of education given at the University of Sydney was equivalent to the rigor I've been used to at my home university. The work load was average, and I felt like I had adequate time to complete my schoolwork.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

When trying to adjust my schedule before the beginning of semester, I had serious difficulty talking to faculty advisors about how to get approval for certain classes. It took me a while to finally get the answer I was looking for, but everything worked out eventually. On the other hand, the study abroad advisors were absolutely amazing. All of them were friendly, really great to talk to, and helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The location and quality of my housing abroad was great! It only took me 5 minutes to walk to campus and only 15 minutes to walk to the closest grocery store. It was in a safe part of Sydney and only a bus ride away from the city. Although it was very pricey, it was nice to have accommodation ready for me when I arrived in Sydney. There were a few aesthetic damages to some furniture and the internet was slow since we had 5 people using it, but overall, it was good accommodation for my time there.

* Food:

There are obvious differences between Australia and America when it comes to food. I'm not picky, so I was easy to please. The food was always fresh, and Australia keeps most of their foods local, which I thought was great. In my area, there were tons of cafes that made fantastic gourmet coffee. Although food was much more expensive, you got portions worth your money. Side note: Tim Tams will blow your mind. Grab some as soon as you get there.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I found it difficult to make friends with Australians at my Sydney Uni simply because all of the other students had taken classes together before, so I was definitely the odd one out. The biggest aspect of Australian culture that I was able to get involved in was their sports thanks to a class I took. I went to a lot of Australian sports games including rugby union, rugby league, Australian rules football, and soccer. Luckily, sports play a major part in Australian culture, so I got to integrate into national pride pretty easily.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Although I didn't have a personal experience with Sydney's healthcare, my roommate had to use it whenever she severely hurt her ankle. She said that the on campus clinic at Sydney Uni didn't maker her wait long, and she was given service very quickly. I don't know how much it costs though.

* Safety:

I felt very safe during my time in Sydney. In my neighborhood, Glebe, I never felt like I was in danger 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)

Food was more expensive in Australia compared to the states, and my rent was MUCH higher. Although the experience was well worth it, my wallet took a big hit. Going out wasn't cheap either. Drinks like beer, cider and wine were normally around $7-$9. Meals at restaurants were always at least $15 as well.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to cook as much as possible instead of going out to eat.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local 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?
  • People
  • Sports
  • Food
* What could be improved?
  • Prices
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I had done some more research on the weather in Sydney before I had left. I didn't pack adequately for winter time since I didn't expect it to get as cold as it did.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!