Once in a lifetime Past Review

By (University of Maine - Orono) - abroad from 02/20/2017 to 06/16/2017 with

USAC Australia: Melbourne, Geelong, Waurrnambool - Undergraduate and Graduate Courses

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Gained valuable field experience in marine science. Also gained experience traveling and got to see the world and make amazing friends both in america and abroad

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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?

Great apartments at deakin warrnambool- wish they had shared kitchen equiptment

* 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

Yes because I had a great experience and the classes were good but mostly the people were great.


* 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? $50 on average. unless traveling
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? get a concessions card if you can


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • Being on the ocean in warrnambool
  • Field work in classes (snorkeling)
  • People
* What could be improved?
  • Variety of classes offered
  • shared kitchen and room things for next international student
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That you can stay until your visa expires not just until classes end. And travel on your way there/on your way back

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.