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University of Western Sydney (UWS)

30 reviews
4.08 / 5 based on 30 reviews
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loriaus
Utah State University, Logan, United States
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Western Sydney
3.8/5
Languages
Language of instruction: English
Was learning English a key decision factor?
No, it wasn't.
Language difficulties
Social
Educational
Administrative / Institutional
Overall
Personal comments
With the native language of Australia, being my own native language, the only difficulty I had was in understanding the accent and other lingo. I enjoyed the interaction with other international students and professors, and while the different languages did present some difficulty in communicating, it also provided great opportunity to teach and learn of other languages and cultures.
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loriaus
Utah State University, Logan, United States
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Western Sydney
3.8/5
Expenses
Main source of funding:
Personal savings
Other sources of funding:
Family<br> Government assistance<br> Other
Work opportunities:
I didn't explore any work options
Personal spending habits
I spent more in most areas, not because the cost was necessarily higher, but because I was traveling and sociallizing more than I usually do. Having so many new and different things to do and to see, resulted in more and larger expenditures.
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Nightlife, Overall, Housing, Telephone, Travel:
was more expensive than at home.
Food:
was the same price as at home.
Accessibility of student needs
Second-hand text books
Second-hand household items
Second-hand bedding
Administrative
Money from home
Personal comments
I was actually suprised at how inexpensive travel is in Australia. The public transportation, whether locally or over longer distances, was well priced and easily accessible. The availability of second-hand items was a great cost-savings as well.
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loriaus
Utah State University, Logan, United States
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Western Sydney
3.8/5
Academic
Course recommendations
I enjoyed the business courses I took while studying in Australia. I would liked to have had a greater variety of non-business courses, particularly Australian study-type courses, to better aquaint me with the culture. But excellent interaction with other students provided sufficient learning experiences.
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My academic experiences
Quality of courses
Variety of courses
Access to resources
Interaction with teachers
Interaction with international students
Interaction with local students
Personal comments
As stated above, I would liked to have had a greater variety of courses to study, rather than strictly business courses. The quality of the courses I did take was quite good though.
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My opinion of the university assessment
Exams at end of course
Exams throughout the course
Essays and/or projects at the end of course
Essays and/or projects throughout the course
Overall
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loriaus
Utah State University, Logan, United States
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Western Sydney
4.5/5
Overall
I wish I had known...
I do wish I had taken more time to study Australia before leaving. Since returning from school there, I have learned much about the country and people, and wish that I had know these things before visiting, which would have provided an even more comfortable and educational experience for me.
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In my opinion:
Everybody loved it, you will too!
Important factors in my choice
(1) Unimportant – (4) Very important
Academic reasons
3
Culture
4
Costs
3
Activities
4
Campus life
3
Party / people
3
Weather / location
3
Personal recommendation
I would recomend this university if it fits with your area of study. It is a fairly small university, which creates a great small community atmosphere, but also limits some opportunities. I was particulaly impressed with the vast number of international students attending this uni though.
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During my experience abroad, I ...
(1) Never – (4) A lot
Became familiar with another culture
3
Traveled
3
Improved language skills
3
Met people from other countries
4
Became more independent
4
Partied a lot
3
Experienced a change in life
4
Advanced my studies & career
4
Final comments
My best advice to someone traveling abroad would be to PLAN!! Study up on activities and travel opportunities and then take advantage of them. Most study abroad experiences are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, so make the most of them.
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loriaus
Utah State University, Logan, United States
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Western Sydney
3.8/5
Student life
Describe host city:
Students equally interact with the local and student community
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Activities: Takes place mostly within the university/student environment
Travel, Nightlife: Takes place both within and outside of the university/student environment
Personal social experience
Activities
Nightlife
Travel
Overall
Personal comments
The campus I attended (Nirimba) is located in a fairly small suburb of Sydney, so most acivities, outside of campus-hosted activities, required travel into a nearby suburb, or Sydney itself. This did not present much of a problem thouhg, given the excellent transportation system and the vast array of activities avaliable in nearby cities. The local pub at Quakers Hill provided an excellent spot for meeting with the locals, and the campus bar, where many parties were hosted, lent itself as a place for student gathering.
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loriaus
Utah State University, Logan, United States
Business Studies, Undergraduate, University Agreement
University of Western Sydney
3.8/5
Housing
Type of housing: On campus
Arranged by: Host university
If returning, I would choose: On campus
Why?
The accommodations were conveniently located near classrooms and other student facilities. The cost was reasonable. Best of all though, was the interaction with other students which is so well facilitated by being a part of the campus community.
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Personal assessment
Cost
Facilities
Location
Cleanliness
Space
Personal comments
Although fairly old, the on-campus accommodations were well kept and maintained. The cost was reasonable and the space and furnishing were acceptable.
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