Newcastle, Australia: 4 Months I will never forget! Past Review

By (graphic communications management, 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?

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I really didnt care for our on-site coordinator, she was unorganized and just lacked people skills. she was friendly but that was really only her good attribute.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The neighborhood was great, really far away from campus but close to the downtown area and beaches

* Food:

Restaurants were good but very expensive!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I loved all of the people i met and really enjoyed living really close to the beaches.

* 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


* 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? Way too much...i spent probably a total of $6000 on personal expenses and food, granted i travelled a lot but if you want to travel and not starve to death i would save up as much money as you possibly can!
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? never eat out and buy ramen noodles!


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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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:


Course Department: DESN2300
Instructor: Allan Morse
Instruction Language: English (australian)
Comments: Really difficult course. I have taken design courses before but I have never been in a course that lacked so much organization and I would get up to 10 emails a day from this professor trying to explain thing for a project. I would not recommend this course to any student studying abroad.
Credit Transfer Issues: Not yet.