Newcastle Australia Past Review

By (Vocational Rehabilitation, University of Wisconsin - Stout) for

UW-Platteville Education Abroad at the University of Newcastle (UoN)

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Learning the Australia culture and traveling was the best part.

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.

My host university grading was more challenging. Our grade was made up of only a few assignments, rather then a variety like the American education. Group work was a huge thing with my classes. Also the univeristy was more large then the one I am at home. The teaching methods was a lot of powerpoints and guest spearkers, similar to my American University.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Expectations were met.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

House was in a safe neighbor hood right by the ocean.

* Food:


* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Climbed the Sydney bridge, hiked the blue mountains.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Make sure you are always with or tell someone where you are going.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $5,000
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Australia is almost doubled in expenses compared to America.


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

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Traveling.
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Make sure you are able to be that far away from home for a long period of time.