Studying abroad in Australia was the best time of my life. Past Review

By (Practical Nursing, University of Dubuque) - abroad from 07/15/2015 to 11/28/2015 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I became even more independent while studying abroad and was able to explore the culture and meet new people along the way. The experience was more than worth it. I was not ready to leave Australia when the semester ended, and I wish that I could go back and do it all over again!

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?

* 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:

I felt very safe in Newcastle, New South Wales. As long as you are smart and make good decisions, it is a very safe place to live.

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? $75
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Spend money wisely, and save up so you can go all out on your trips more than anything else! The adventures and different places you visit while studying abroad are where you make most of your memories, and you want to be able to have some wiggle room incase things come up.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? Fluent
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? Fluent

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • The friends I made through the experience
  • How helpful the program directors are and how fun they made the experience while there.
  • The location of living off campus.
* What could be improved?
  • Maybe more help with explaining Visas
  • More warning of how different classes can be.
  • More group trips throughout tie abroad.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I would have allowed myself to study abroad for a longer time period. I did not anticipate myself not wanting to come home when the time came like I did.

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.