Good place to get perspective on what makes you happy in life Past Review

By (Wellesley College) - abroad from 02/23/2015 to 06/27/2015 with

University of Sydney: Sydney - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Wellesley is a bubble and it's good to see out of it.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The class system is such that there are large classes where the lectures are recorded and you can never show up to class and there are small classes where you will be very involved. If you want to work hard and learn, professors will be available to help and interested in your success. However if you do not want to do much work, you will also find your place.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The program itself is large and quite disorganized so you have to know what you need. Great pre-orientation weekend trips (like surfing and wine tasting). It's important to figure out your class schedule as early as possible because you can't enroll in classes without your advisor manually putting in your schedule.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The main options are looking for a sublet, living in mostly study abroad housing (like Urbanest), and living in residential colleges. Urbanest upside is that you'll be with mostly Americans who want to travel as much as you, but the downside is that it won't be an immersive experience and it'll be difficult to meet Australians. The residential colleges are like Greek life and in most of them study abroad students are with the first years at the bottom of the social hierarchy. The exception to that is Mandelbaum House, which I'd highly recommend. It's a small community of mostly full-degree students (Australians and international) and several study abroad students every semester.

* Food:

Great catered food in all residential colleges.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The culture is generally relaxed and 'work to live'.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Didn't have any

* Safety:

Google is a little behind on this, but Darlington is a very safe neighborhood today. And the city in general is pretty clean and 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)

I had prepaid food. Toiletries are expensive

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't buy things in corner stores - everything is cheaper in Target and K-Mart at the mall near campus. Also look in the Reject Shop (same mall) for discounts.


* 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

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Australian culture
  • people
  • coffee (it's the best in Australia)
* What could be improved?
  • info about how to use healthcare plan
  • organization of program
  • email response rates
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew more about housing.

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:

Internship ARTS2600

Course Department: International Services
Instruction Language:
Comments: You apply before arriving in Australia, by emailing your resume and letter of why you want an internship in Australia and what kind you want (options are not provided until later). Based on your letter of interest they match you up with an internship opportunity. Most offers are great but you don't have to commit to an internship if you don't like what they offer you.
Credit Transfer Issues: Does not transfer to Wellesley, but worth it if you have enough credits already.
Course Name/Rating:


Course Department: Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies
Instructor: Michael Abrahams-Sprod
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Great course. It's not specifically about the conflict but provides much-needed historical context for current political issues.
Credit Transfer Issues: Approved as history distribution requirement.
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Course Department: US Studies Centre
Instructor: Sarah Graham
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Great professor; very willing to help and interested in her students. And an interesting (non-American) perspective on the US. Small class and tutorials, and grade is partially based on attendance.
Credit Transfer Issues:
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ECON3002 Development Economics

Course Department: Economics
Instructor: Shyamal Chowdhury
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Large lecture and tutorial; everything is recorded so you can skip and still get the materials. Grade is based on midterm, final, and tiny easy group project. Great topic and great professor, with engaging lectures if you do choose to attend.
Credit Transfer Issues: