Life in Oz Past Review

By (PSYCHOLOGY., The University of Texas at Austin) for

University of Sydney: Sydney - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It's a great way to see a different perspective on life and see a beautiful country.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They offered a lot of services and support, I didn't use them so I don't know how they work in practice.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in a share house close to the university, similar to the situation I have at UT. It worked perfectly for me.

* Food:

Food was very available but quite expensive. Much cheaper to cook at home, but when your busy you have to eat out a lot.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? For me it was slightly more expensive to live in Sydney than it was in Austin. Travelling is very expensive! Plan a travel budget beforehand and decide on how much travel you want to do before you leave.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Exchange

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Sport and Learning in Australian Culture

Course Department: EDUH 4058
Instructor: Evans
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Course tailored for exchange students. Weekly field trips to sporting events including both youth and professional. Had to write one major paper, one shorter paper, and keep a blog about the field trips.
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Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience

Course Department: PSYC 3014
Instructor: Croot
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Taught by many different professors, they switch off every 2 weeks. Some of them were decent lecturers, some horrible. Topics were interesting, but lecturers made them quite boring at times. I would recommend the course for psychology majors.
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Integrative Neuroscience

Course Department: NEUR 3004
Instructor: Keay
Instruction Language: English
Comments: Small seminar course, about 10 students per each professor. There are many topics to choose from, each professor teaches to their specialty. My seminar was great, the professor engaged everyone really requiring you to think differently about the material, but some of my friends in different seminars felt differently. Most of the course grade is a literature review or major experiment. This experience also depends on the project advisor, I learned a lot from mine and my advisor was extremely helpful.
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