Fast Times at Sydney Uni Past Review

By (Economics., Middlebury College) - abroad from 07/28/2014 to 11/22/2014 with

University of Sydney: Sydney - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Gained a new international outlook and gained many new friends. Definitely worthwhile

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.

Relevant classes that were new and challenging. New outlook in general

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Helpful for the most part in setting up my schedule

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Expensive but warm and close-knit

* Food:

Not all that different from American food

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Not all that different from American culture

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Never had any issues with health

* Safety:

Despite being in a big city, I always felt safe

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? $80-$100


* 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?

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  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • 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?
  • Exploring Australia and New Zealand
* What could be improved?
  • Schedule should be easier to make
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How Australian academics worked

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:

International Economy and Finance

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Bill Dunn
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Professor was well-prepared and answered all questions
Credit Transfer Issues:
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The Australian Economy

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Russel Ross
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Not helpful to have multiple instructors
Credit Transfer Issues: Not as of yet
Course Name/Rating:

Intermediate Macroeconomics

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Matthew Smith
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Very boring but relevant
Credit Transfer Issues: Not as of yet
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Contemporary Hollywood

Course Department: Art History
Instructor: Bruce Isaacs
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Engaging material and lecturer
Credit Transfer Issues: Not as of yet