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Advice On Studying Abroad In Australia?  
User currently offlinemke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2462 posts, RR: 5
Posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1868 times:

Hi, I'm in my junior year at the University of Arizona studying biology. I've always in the back of my mind been kind of interested in going to Australia, though I'm starting to get more serious about it now because one of my friends went to study abroad in the Netherlands and said he loved it.

1.) First of all, is it too late for me to do this? I know most people go during their junior year, but I've got some extra time because in all likelihood I probably won't graduate until after the Fall semester of 2014. Also, I don't know if it matters but I was planning on going into graduate school afterwards and not employment.

2.) Would it be better to go during the Fall or Spring semester next year? Or would it be feasible doing it during the Summer of 2014 even? I suppose there's trade-offs for each. I have yet to go on a "legit" college Spring Break trip so I was kinda hoping to do that my senior year (although I am going on this medical humanitarian trip to Honduras this year), and if I went during the Summer wouldn't I have a tough time trying to watch the World Cup because of the time differences?

3.) Where would be the best place to go in Australia? I was thinking about Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, but are there any other places I should consider? Preferably I'd like to go someplace that has the following qualities: a nice campus, a "clean" city, beaches nearby (wouldn't mind learning to surf), warm weather, and a good nightlife. Also, let me know if you think there's any places worth making a trip to go see while I'm over there.


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User currently offlineAeri28 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 709 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1820 times:

Know nothing of your dilemna, but I went to study abroad for a year in France and to this day it remains literally the highlight of my life. So, it doesn't matter if you do it now, or later on, just do it. You're never too old. I was 21 when I did it and there were people in their 60's on the program. This was a program through the California State Univesity system. France was one of many countries to choose from.


I've always had a fascination with Perth. Or find out why they call Brisbane "Bris Vegas"?


User currently offlineadh214 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 360 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1804 times:

I did study abroad in New Zealand and it was the best thing I ever did. I recommend this to any high school or college student or parents that I meet. Find your schools study abroad office and start making plans. College does not last forever and you should take advantage of every opportunity you can. Don't worry about the crazy spring break. There is plenty of time for wild parties in you twenties.

Andrew


User currently offlineLH7478i From Germany, joined Jan 2012, 57 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1791 times:

I don't know how the process works in the United states, but the advice I can give you is that you have to make considerations quite a long time before you actually want to go abroad. Application deadline is usually 6-12 month before going abroad. I had to turn in my ISEP application for October '13 by October '12.


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User currently offlinesccutler From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 5582 posts, RR: 28
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1781 times:

Look into Adelaide, which meets your description to a tee- beautiful place, beaches, all that.

Also, ,bring money, and lots of it. The debasement of the us currency means our Yankee dollar is like Monopoly Money.



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User currently offlineStarAC17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3402 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1716 times:

Quoting mke717spotter (Thread starter):
First of all, is it too late for me to do this? I know most people go during their junior year, but I've got some extra time because in all likelihood I probably won't graduate until after the Fall semester of 2014. Also, I don't know if it matters but I was planning on going into graduate school afterwards and not employment.

That depends on your university and how its exchange program works. If you are going to consider graduate school and provided you can afford the tuition I would try and do your grad program down there.

Quoting mke717spotter (Thread starter):
Would it be better to go during the Fall or Spring semester next year? Or would it be feasible doing it during the Summer of 2014 even? I suppose there's trade-offs for each. I have yet to go on a "legit" college Spring Break trip so I was kinda hoping to do that my senior year (although I am going on this medical humanitarian trip to Honduras this year), and if I went during the Summer wouldn't I have a tough time trying to watch the World Cup because of the time differences?

One thing to note is that the school year is different in Australian and terms are March-June (autumn and early winter) and July-October (winter leading into spring)

Quoting mke717spotter (Thread starter):
Where would be the best place to go in Australia? I was thinking about Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, but are there any other places I should consider? Preferably I'd like to go someplace that has the following qualities: a nice campus, a "clean" city, beaches nearby (wouldn't mind learning to surf), warm weather, and a good nightlife. Also, let me know if you think there's any places worth making a trip to go see while I'm over there.

You might want to look into Bond University in the Gold Coast or Griffith university in Brisbane which meets all those criteria and wouldn't be overly cold in the winter as there is good surfing in the Gold Coast, Byron Bay and the Sunshine coast. Be warned the Gold coast is touristy.

Sydney and Melbourne are both amazing cities where Sydney has a really nice harbour and beaches but it is a lot busier.
Where Melbourne is a more of a cultural and sports hub in Australia, less busy, but the weather can be dodgy at times. Both cities are really expensive though and be warned about that.

Places I recommend seeing are the West Coast, The red centre (Uluru and Alice Springs) and the Great Barrier reef. I also suggest you mingle with the locals more than doing the tourist stuff, when I lived there I made a point of that and it worked out really well.



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User currently offlinemke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2462 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1714 times:

Something else I was wondering about was whether or not they organize some sort of events over there where everyone studying abroad can meet each other? In other words, do you really have to go out of your way to meet people? I just wouldn't want to be on my own over there not knowing anyone.

Quoting LH7478i (Reply 3):
but the advice I can give you is that you have to make considerations quite a long time before you actually want to go abroad. Application deadline is usually 6-12 month before going abroad.


I understand that, and since I'd probably either go during the Spring or Summer of 2014 the nearest deadline is in October so I'm good on that.



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User currently offlineQFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2081 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1702 times:

Would probably need more specifics on where you want to go, your description will aptly fit nearly every city in the country, except Canberra where I am as we have no beaches. I would happily recommend Sydney, UNSW, Melbourne, Adelaide, Newcastle, ANU; I'm not a fan of much of Queensland myself. May not quite be what you're looking for but the friendly people I've met are from Newcastle university. A small city with strong country links means plenty of down to earth people, I personally love the city and Sydney is only a $4 train ride away. Dont have the snobbery and 'old boy' cultures that rule Sydney and Melbourne universities.

Otherwise I would say Adelaide could suit you but the weather there is a little more fickle. It can like Melbourne get very chilly winds from Antarctica and regularly gets heatwaves coming down from the desert during Summer.

I'd also recommend where ever you go that you live on campus. It will be more expensive but you'll be able to slide right into their culture and meet hundreds of people very quickly. The larger unis have ridiculously expensive on campus accommodation, you will be looking at at least $550 a week for a tiny room which probably doesn't leave much for boozing. Adelaide and Newcastle have substantially cheaper accommodation and living expenses in general.

I would come for the second semester if I was you and stay for part of summer. You can jump in and meet people just as we're starting to warm up. Second semester starts around mid August and by the end it'll be warm, you'll have met people and will be enjoying yourself and can find some people to go on a road trip with during December. The first semester will start of stinking hot, with the weather cooling down, Spring in most of Australia is among the best weather you'll see anywhere.


User currently offlineLonghornmaniac From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 3346 posts, RR: 45
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1687 times:

PM me. I studied biology abroad in Australia for a semester.

Cheers,
Cameron


User currently offlineKent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 968 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1665 times:

Wollongong has everything but the nightlife, but is only 50 miles south of Sydney, although I'm not sure about its credentiasl in biology. WHen I was studying there 30 years ago the major excahnge program was with Montana, but things must surely have changed.

User currently offlinecupraibiza From Australia, joined Feb 2007, 837 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1614 times:

Quoting sccutler (Reply 4):
Also, ,bring money, and lots of it. The debasement of the us currency means our Yankee dollar is like Monopoly Money.

Correct and its working in the reverse for us lucky Aussies!. Currently researching our next holiday in June. In years gone buy we would have looked at Port Douglas (Far North Queensland), but its looking like Hawaii will work out cheaper

Quoting mke717spotter (Thread starter):
beaches nearby (wouldn't mind learning to surf)

If this is really important then rule Melbourne out, we have very ordinary beaches



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User currently offlinemke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2462 posts, RR: 5
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1576 times:

Thanks for your replies. I've been thinking about it some more and at this point I think I'm pretty set on going during the Spring semester of 2014. I've also narrowed my choices down to either Bond University in Gold Coast or the University of Queensland in Brisbane. Scheduling will probably have some input on my final decision since Bond's academic schedule lines up more with US schools and I'm not sure about UQ. Also, I see now that I can either do a direct student exchange, or study abroad through a third-party provider. It sounds like if I did the direct student exchange then I'd just kinda be on my own over there, whereas some of these programs set up a lot of fun stuff?


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User currently offlineEasternSon From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 670 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1526 times:

I did a study abroad for a semester at Sydney University, and it was amazing.

It's a great city for young people, and there are a lot of social groups for students at the University.

I would get the ball rolling sooner than later if you're serious about it.

If you want more info about Sydney Uni, or Sydney itself, PM me and I'll be happy to answer any questions.

Good Luck!



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User currently offlineKen777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 8435 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1513 times:

I think the first thing to do is figure out what you really want to study (in terms of specialities) and look at the various opportunities at the different schools.

Don't forget to include Perth - it's an odd location at first glance but provides opportunities for travel in a wider range of places than the eastern states.

One of the benefits in international studies is the ability to see far more than you can by staying at home. Go for it - work harts nd play hard and come home with friends that can last a lifetime.


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