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University of New South Wales: Student Feedback

Jack Yip - UNSW - Fall 2012

Student Profile

Name:
Jack Yip

Highlight of my semester abroad:
Bungee jumping and paragliding in New Zealand were amazing!

Interesting fact I learned about the country where I studied:

Sydney was recently ranked the second most expensive city in the world after Tokyo.

You might be interested to know:

I also studied abroad at NYU Shanghai.

What I would say to students considering participating in IBEX:

It’s a life changing experience. Just do it! You won’t regret it.

Contact me about IBEX UNSW:

Jack Yip - ty473@stern.nyu.edu

Student Profile

Name: Noah Sperber

Noah Sperber_UNSW

Highlight of my semester abroad:
There was always something to do, from taking surfing lessons to seeing a show at the Sydney Opera House. During breaks, I traveled to New Zealand and road-tripped along the Eastern Australian coast and saw amazing scenery and wildlife.

You might be interested to know:
I am very interested in photography, so studying abroad in such a beautiful location provided such a great opportunity to practice my craft. I also enjoy action sports like skateboarding and surfing and was able to bond with locals in Australia through these activities.

My career goal:

To one day work in network television in Los Angeles.

What I would say to students considering participating in IBEX:
Students considering IBEX should definitely apply! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to live in another country amongst its own citizens. You not only meet other study abroad students from NYU and around the U.S., but you also create lasting friendships with local students and gain a whole new perspective on your college experience.

Contact me about IBEX UNSW:
Noah Sperber - ncs268@stern.nyu.edu

Additional Feedback from Students

Banking

"Sydney is less expensive than New York City. It is similar to other major US cities like LA and Chicago. I took travelers’ checks and used my home checks to open an account in Sydney at a local bank. The only problem was that the US check took 30 days to clear. I would probably have brought more in travelers’ checks to initially use from my account. I did also use my ATM card from home, but I got charged for that. If I could have redone it, I think I would have put money in my Citibank account, so I could just take larger sums of cash out when I went to downtown (the only ATM) since I was there so much anyhow. I was also surprised that AMEX was not accepted very widely."

Expenses

Food: $60/week
Housing: $110/week
Books: $150/semester
Phone: calling cards, calls are cheap
Entertainment: $40/week
Postage: $150/semester
Local Transportation: $15 (went downtown frequently)
Airline ticket: $1500 (+ Taxi from airport to campus)
Independent travel: $3500/semester

Housing

"Apartment or Study Abroad Housing recommended"
"Cost: about $110/week"
"Ate out & cooked meals"

Academics

Workload: Easier, about the same as Stern
Grading: Easier, about the same as Stern
Classroom Climate: Very much like Stern, modern facilities, same types of lecture halls
Classroom Format: Seminars, Lectures, and Group Projects
Teaching Style: Overhead projectors and PowerPoint

Student Life

"Everyone was friendly and helpful. I participated in one event of the Wakeboard club and one event of the Scuba Diving club. There were a huge variety of clubs. In particular there were a lot of Asian clubs. With all my site-seeing though, I didn’t really feel like I had time to commit to anything for the semester. The campus is also huge, so it is not very often that you run into someone you know. The Aussie students, I found, did not join many clubs. They were more focused on international students, hence the Asian clubs."

What You Should/Should Not Bring

"Bring: Summer clothes, Winter Coat, Swimsuit, Towel…other necessary items. If you plan to do backpacking or hiking, bring hiking boots and a hiking backpack. But, it's not really essential, these items can be easily purchased in Sydney."

"Don't Bring: Too much stuff. Qantas will charge 100 dollars for every extra bag. If I were to pack again for the trip, I would bring one full suitcase and one empty one. There is a lot of bring back."

Necessary Language Skills

"English and an ear for the Australian accent."

Course Recommendations

"My favorite class was Marine Environment because we had 3 field trips to places around Sydney to observe the marine environment in action."

"I would not recommend the History of Australia Since WWII since not knowing much about the pre-WWII background of Australia made the class pretty confusing."

Culture Shock

"Culture shock is minimal. It depends on whether you are living with Australians or with fellow exchange students down at Coogi beach. Living with Australians was a lot of fun and a highly recommended experience. The only real culture shock is the local vernacular and the Australian slang which is easy to pick up. It's great to ask questions too. Don't be afraid to."

Sites Not to Miss

"Home" at Darling Harbour, Melbourne and Brisbane. Harbour Bridge, Opera House, Botanical Gardens, Manly Beach, Bondi to Coogee beach walk, Aquarium, Surf camp, Blue Mountains

Bar and Restaurant Suggestions

"Firefry Thai restaurant (Chinatown in Sydney), Eateries around Sydney and Randwick, Chopstick at the Randwick. Spot Wallaby Bar – Darling Harbour, Pontoon – Darling Harbour, Three Wise Monkeys – George St.and Liverpool, Scubar – Eddy & Pitt."

Travel Tips

"I would say I probably did the most budget travel because I went to the student/backpacker travel agents and got information. I did a lot of comparison and found that it is cheaper to plan your trip yourself. Virgin Blue, Jet Star, and Qantas are the major carriers. Virgin Blue and Jet Star are like the Jet Blue of America, but sometimes Qantas has cheaper flights. They have sales every now and then of incredibly cheap flights, but they are very hard to get. I’d say booking in advance saves the most on plane tickets. I wouldn’t recommend renting a car b/c the distance between Sydneyand any other city is like 10 hour drive at least and my friends had some problems with car rental places charging for dents they didn’t cause. Around Sydney, I just took the bus and you can buy tickets at convenience stores in 10 trip tickets for half off the normal price b/c of UNSW’s discount for showing the student card. Going out to the suburbs of Sydney is probably best in a train. They’re very easy to take."