Sydney is an amazing place to study abroad! Past Review

By (American Studies, Wellesley College) - abroad from 08/27/2015 to 11/20/2015 with

University of Sydney: Sydney - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was absolutely worthwhile - I feel like I'm a much more competent and confidant person for having studied abroad.

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.

Wasn't a fan of the huge lecture sizes, but that comes with a major university like USyd.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

There wasn't really much support overall

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I figured out my own housing (off campus at Urbanest) but I loved it

* Food:


* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

A bit - I made friends in classes and around town

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Uni health was AMAZING when I had a horrible sinus infection - so helpful

* Safety:

I always felt super safe in Sydney. I left my phone in a cab once, and my driver BROUGHT IT BACK TO ME

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)

Sydney is definitely an expensive city

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? ~$300?
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Not really - just watch the exchange rate and don't eat out too much.


* 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

  • Other
* Who did you live with?

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  • 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?
  • Location
  • Travel opportunities
  • People
* What could be improved?
  • Support for students abroad
  • Personal course selection (advising)
  • -
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Students who study abroad in Sydney generally are very interested in the party atmosphere.

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.