Everyone Should Experience Australia Past Review

By (Marine Sciences, University of Maine - Orono) - abroad from 02/19/2018 to 06/15/2018 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about myself and the Australian culture. It was certainly worth while.

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

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Very expensive

* Food:

food was not provided

* 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? No

I really enjoyed my time abroad! I loved the school, the people and everything about the area. However, USAC was not helpful at all in preparing for my departure. They were slow to respond, did not keep in contact while I was abroad and have not heard anything since being back.


* 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)

Budget was inaccurate


* 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
  • 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
  • University
  • People in Australia
* What could be improved?
  • Communication
  • Budgeting
  • Affordability
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? How expensive it would be to live there!

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.