Australia: My Choice to Stay in My Host Country

Extending your time abroad may be something that’s crossed your mind in theory, but can you imagine your host city or country becoming your new home? I certainly can. Whether to continue your studies, do some extra travelling, explore a relationship, or embark on a new degree or career, you most likely have some option…

Australia: Hosting An Aussie Dinner Party

One of my favourite ‘grown-up’ things to do in Sydney these days is to entertain guests as the host of an Aussie-style dinner party. During my first au pair arrangement in Australia, I became aware of the very distinct idea of a dinner party. Somehow it seems to be differentiated from ‘having friends over’ or…

Scuba Diving: A Whole New World

When I decided to study abroad in Sydney, Australia, I decided there was no way I was going to get right next to one of the ‘Seven Wonders of the Natural World’ just to look at it. Would you travel to China just to look at its Great Wall, or are you going up for…

Studying Abroad for the First Time: Dos and Don’ts for Planning Your Trip

Studying abroad can be the adventure of a lifetime and will certainly be an experience you will remember forever. However, moving to a new country and school, surrounded by new people and environments can bring about unexpected challenges and moments of uncertainty. Good planning can reduce the stress in studying abroad and make the adventure…

Ole Miss by Riette!

Not only do we want to showcase students studying abroad outside of the US, but we also want to share our incoming exchange student experiences at UM!  Want to meet international students?  Consider becoming a Global Ambassador!  You’ll serve as a mentor to incoming students and show them “the ropes!” Below is a blog post by…

6 Months Already?

Since my last post, I have had the chance to travel around New South Wales, Australia a bit more. A little over two week ago a group of my friends and I headed up the coast to a little beach town called Byron Bay. The town was very eclectic as it had a wide variety…

May │ June

It is officially June and I’m sad to say the last month of my semester here at Macquarie University. The last two weeks in May were nothing short of amazing as I saw friends and family, celebrated my birthday and the Sydney Vivid Festival began! Two weeks ago my very good friend from home, Georgie,…

May Days

Since I last wrote there have been many celebrations here in Sydney. Firstly, we started off with celebrating Cinco De Mayo. Not many Aussie’s know what the holiday is, but we definitely didn’t let that stop us from celebrating! We found a trendy Mexican cantina to have dinner and then ended up at one of the more…

Three Months Down, Two to Go

Well its officially Fall here in Sydney. It was such a difference when I landed back in Sydney from Hong Kong compared to last time. My previous experience felt like I hit a wall of humidity and this time I was greeted with what I’m used to as the beginning of September weather! Now I’m…