Rebecca Ehlers, Iowa State University
"My favorite aspect of studying abroad in Newcastle was living in International House and meeting people from all over the world. Not only did I make friends from Australia, but I made friends from countries like New Zealand, Norway, the UK, Canada, and even the United States, my home country. I also really enjoyed traveling all over New Zealand and Australia. I hope to come back some day and see even more. My advice for students thinking about attending the University of Newcastle would be to live in International House. It's a really great community, and you get to meet people from all over the country and the world"
Nicholas Alexander, University of Iowa
"The 5 months that I spent studying abroad in Newcastle, Australia was the most liberating and exciting time of my life. Australia is a beautifully unique country, filled with amazing coastlines, otherworldly wildlife and scenery, and some of the friendliest people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. Study abroad opened my eyes to entirely new ways of life, and helped me to realize that grander possibilities exist in this world, so long as you dare to explore beyond your front door. Dont hesitate, just take the leap and watch as you grow into a more confident, experienced, outgoing, fearless, independent and enlightened person."
Renae Keeley, Clemson University
"What I liked most about my overseas experience was meeting so many people from all over the world. I met a ton of Australians as well as other international students. Learning about other cultures and different perspectives about life was so interesting. The best advice I would give to someone thinking about coming to Newcastle would to be open-minded. Try to step out of your comfort zone and meet people you normally wouldn't at home. You'll find by just striking up a friendly conversation, you could make life long friends."
Sherri Wielgos, San Diego State University
"Newcastle has given me the chance to learn more about myself and introduced me to a whole new world of people and experiences. Anyone looking to study abroad should go for it, it honestly will change your life and you will not want to leave. The University of Newcastle has a great campus, the city is huge and has some of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. It is close enough to travel to Sydney on weekends but has more of a suburb feel and is more laid back than the busy city. Without a doubt I have made so many memories here, especially living on campus and I know that most of the people I met will be life long friends."
Wade Bordian, St Francis Xavier University
"To those who are going on exchange to Australia use your time wisely, try to say yes to things you have never tried before, don't be shy, talk to people, ask questions, get involved and step out of your shell. Exchange is a time to not only learn about the country you are studying in but to learn about yourself. With that being said enjoy every minute of your time there and treat yourself to a day on Newcastle beach with a 3 monkeys snickers smoothie! You will love it there!"
Hayley Drumm, Miami University
"What I loved most about my overseas experience was the friendships that I have made here and that will continue even when I return home."
Lauren Arnett, Miami University
"During my study abroad experience at the University of Newcastle, Australia I was able to make lifelong friends while going outside of my comfort zone. I would strongly recommend all students take advantage of this type of opportunity and experience as much as possible in a new culture."
Shay Dinwiddie, Chapman University
"I love the adventures that I took part in, I was able to see so many things here that I can't see at home. My advice to other students is take part in everything you can and be open to new experiences."
Anamarija Starcevic, HDU University of Applied Sciences Deggendorf
"What I liked most about Australia next to the amazing landscapes and wide variety of animals is the warmth of the Australian people, which I found are very friendly and whose willingness to help others is enormous. Whether it was a taxi driver who stopped when he saw me walking in the rain, whether it was a student at the uni walking with me for 15 minutes to show me the way to a building I could not find on the beautiful and enormous campus, whether it was one of my Australian roommates who gave me a lift, whether it was a random man who cheered me on when I stopped jogging - I felt very welcome and I will return to visit the friends I have made in Newcastle and I am excited about them visiting me in Europe and about making their stay their as enjoyable as mine was in Australia."
Tim Etzel, University of South Carolina
"The most enjoyable part of my semester abroad at the University of Newcastle was the difference in culture. Australian culture is much the same as America's in many aspects, but it was fun to notice the differences in word choice and language, daily activities, food, and money. I encourage any students interested in attending the University of Newcastle to travel Australia and pick up the subtle and obvious differences in the two cultures."
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Pheobe Wilk, University of Korea
Tegann Kelly, Volunteering in Nepal
Michael Aspinall, Copenhagen Business School
Edward Munnings, Hong Kong Baptist University
Laura Piggott, Western Washington University
Rebecca Nelson, Volunteering in Ghana
Joel Wagner, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies
Kate Lorenc, Manchester Metropolitan University
Cheyne Lulham, University of South Carolina
Stuart Flinn, Northern Arizona University
Ellienore Fuller, Ho Chi Minh City International University
Sophie Mason, University of Leeds
Pheobe Wilk, Bachelor of Commerce - University of Korea
"The most amazing thing about my time abroad is the incredible impact pushing past my comfort zone had on not only my personality, but my perception of the world and it's different cultures. I find myself understanding more about different cultures and people, and as a result have become more knowledgeable and understanding of people and their backgrounds. It was amazing to become fully immersed into a completely different culture - although it was at times confronting and confusing, I would not give up the experience for anything. I at first considered studying abroad in perhaps the UK or USA, but I think it is far more beneficial to really push your comforts, and try immersing yourself in a culture that you are completely unfamiliar with. Would do it all over again!"
Tegann Kelly, Bachelor of Social Science / Laws - Volunteering in Nepal
"Volunteering in Nepal was without a doubt one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences of my life. From the beautiful smiling people, to the breathtaking scenery, my time spent in Nepal was nothing less than spectacular. To any student thinking about volunteering overseas, my advice is to embrace the opportunity with open arms! Trust me, you will have the time of your life!"
Michael Aspinall, Bachelor of Commerce - Copenhagen Business School
"Choosing to go abroad is choosing to take the plunge into a new world. A world of new friendships, new experiences and freedom. You will gain a sense of responsibility and be empowered to make decisions independently. You will come home trying to convince all of your friends to take this leap and when they do, they will thank you for it. I try to convince almost everyone I come across, to at least think about the possibility of an overseas experience. No need to commit but do some research and discover some of the amazing places that you could visit. I promise you that no matter where you go you will have a fantastic time and make new friends from all over the world. I need to thank the International Office and iLead as without their help I wouldn't be able to say that I've lived, worked and traveled across 4 continents at the age of 22"
Edward Munnings, Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management - Hong Kong Baptist University
"My overseas experiences in Asia were full of amazing experiences. The experiences of navigating unfamiliar places, exploring the food and culture, making new friends, and learning a little bit of language all contributed to my overseas adventure. For students considering exchange, definitely do it. Even when you secure a place on exchange, do not stop looking for opportunities to travel around your exchange destination as well as neighboring countries.. if you have an idea, act on it, as time goes quickly when you're abroad! "
Laura Piggott, Bachelor of Teaching (primary) - Western Washington University
"My year abroad in Washington was definitely the best year of my life so far. Not only did I meet people who I will be friends with for a lifetime I learned so many things about myself I never knew before. I was able to do so much traveling and got to see more places in America than most Americans will ever see! My biggest advice is to take the risk and just GO! Don't worry about all the details! Everything will fall into place! You will NEVER regret this experience! "
Rebecca Nelson, Bachelor of Medicine - Volunteering in Ghana
"Spending a month immersed in another culture was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I spent a lot of my time volunteering in a hospital – a place where I was not only able to use my skills and knowledge, but also where I was afforded the great privilege of connecting with people from another culture on such a human level. It was so special. I also had the opportunity to spend a few days at an orphanage, and was reminded of the beauty in life by these gorgeous smiling faces. Living within a community is so much more valuable than visiting that same place. I will look back on my time in Africa as one of the most significant in my life, and with iLead, there is no excuse to not embrace the same sort of experience!"
Joel Wagner, Bachelor of Teaching/Arts - Nagoya University of Foreign Studies
"I have enjoyed meeting new people (International students and Japanese students), experiencing the culture and participating in the Japanese activities. Don't be afraid to leave the country and study overseas. No matter where you go I guarantee you will have a fantastic time, meet new people and experience a whole new culture."
Kate Lorenc, Bachelor of Physiotherapy - Manchester Metropolitan University
"Everytime I watch this video it makes me smile. Going on exchange was the best decision I have ever made. It was the best year of my life! I have tasted freedom, experienced so many different cultures and made friends for life all over the world. I've come home with the dreaded travel bug, but this has made me even more excited to see the world and gain further life experiences living overseas. I hope this video inspires everyone to take the plunge and study abroad! Don't delay putting in that application. If you've got the drive to immerse yourself in another culture and see Europe, America, Africa or anywhere in the world - start planning for the trip of a lifetime! I may have no money left in the bank, but I have a head full of memories - and that in itself is priceless"
Cheyne Lulham, Bachelor of Business - University of South Carolina
"I can honestly say that my experience studying for one semester in the USA was the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life. I got to fully immerse myself in another culture, experience typical American college life, travel extensively across the country and meet the most amazing lifelong friends. I increased my confidence, gained independence, became more understanding of different cultures and lifestyles and learnt to love experiencing new things. My advice for anyone even considering going on exchange, is just go for it! It may seem daunting, but I promise you will have the best time of your life! A huge thank-you to the University of Newcastle and the iLead Program for making this possible!"
Stuart Flinn, Bachelor of Business / Commerce - Northern Arizona University
"This is a little insight into my time in the States as part of a Semester Abroad in Flagstaff, Arizona. Everything about this experience was top notch and I urge anyone with the opportunity: Make it happen. Shout out to the ILEAD and the Study Abroad programs at the Uni of Newcastle. Enjoy!"
Ellie Fuller, Bachelor of Communications - Ho Chi Minh City International University
"The best part about going on exchange is the opportunity to really immerse yourself in another culture. You're living in another country, not just travelling and visiting places. I loved slowly getting to understanding the people and the way they go about life and business. It can be a challenge but it is so rewarding! Going on exchange gave me so much more than just an awesome experience; it sparked a fire in me and changed the way I view the world, especially my role in it. I made amazing friends and had such a blast! Oh, and I got to spend my 21st birthday soaking up the sun on an island in Thailand! I absolutely loved my time abroad and I know you will to!"
Sophie Mason, Bachelor of Business/Commerce - University of Leeds
"Studying abroad was the greatest experience of my life. The people you meet, the different countries you are able to visit and the amazing adventures that each day brings is indescribable. I highly recommend studying abroad to anyone who can, I guarantee you will not regret this decision!"
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