An amazing school in a vibrant city with breathtaking natural surroundings! March 10, 2019

By (Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Wellesley College) - abroad from 07/30/2018 to 11/23/2018 with

University of Sydney: Sydney - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained more confidence in my ability to live on my own and navigate social, academic, professional and financial situations independently. I also made some amazing friends who I will always cherish because we had such an amazing experience together.

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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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* 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

Sydney was such a great city to live in because it had every kind of atmosphere I could have used for. On a rainy day, there were so many small cafes with amazing food to get work done and chat with friends. On hot and sunny days, themes beautiful beaches I have ever seen were just an easy bus ride away and on days when schoolwork was my main priority, there were so many great parks, libraries and other places where I could go to get my work done. I also found the academics to be rigorous enough that I felt fully engaged with y schoolwork but not so demanding that I couldn't fully enjoy the amazing country I had come to explore.

Finances

* 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 an incredibly fun and exciting place to live as a student but personally, the affordability for me was dependent on the fact that my family was able to provide me with resources to help with housing and food. Sydney is not the cheapest place to live but it's certainly manageable if you take the time to find the best/most reasonably priced places to shop, live and have fun.

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Live in a place where you can cook your own food! The Queen Mary Building in Camperdown is where I chose to live and the communal kitchen was a great place to work on my own cooking and meet new people in my building.

Language

* 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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  • 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?
  • Living in Sydney
  • Traveling with friends
  • Unique course offerings
* What could be improved?
  • I wouldn't change anything about this program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how quickly a semester would fly by in such a new and exciting place. I don't regret anything from my time abroad except possibly not taking more opportunities to travel around within Australia and surrounding countries.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'