Facing My Fears Down Under Past Review

By (PSYCHOLOGY., Wellesley College) - abroad from 07/18/2013 to 11/25/2013 with

University of Sydney: Sydney - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about living on my own--especially cooking. I learned that there is so much more out there than what I see in America and there are so many different people and experience left for me to meet.

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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.

Professors were helpful, classes were challenging but not too demanding. I was able to balance travel, socializing, and school without a problem.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Going through campus housing was a decent experience. There were a few programs for international students to get to know each other in the beginning but then they were not very involved.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Lived in campus housing on Darlington Road. Amazing location right next to campus. Rent was as cheap as you could get it and that included a cleaning service of public areas once a week. The people that live on the road end up becoming really close.

* Food:

Food is expensive. And you have to buy it yourself-no meal plan.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Learned a lot of new lingo and some lifelong friends.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

My abroad health insurance was great. I needed the doctor, went right to the on campus clinic and had no issues being seen.

* Safety:

Felt very safe even late at night. The housing was not too secure however.

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)

Australia is expensive. Food costs a lot, going out costs a lot. Traveling costs a lot. You have to weigh what you really need and what you can live without to manage a decent budget.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 314
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't spend all your money going out.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Other
  • Apartment
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* 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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Friends I made
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • Pricing
  • Working with them to get gauranteed housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Australia is really expensive. Save, save, save. Also When travelling domestically in Australia, you can pretty much carry on anything you need including liquids. Don't throw sunscreen and hair products away if you don't use them on a trip. Last, it goes by SO FAST!!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.