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Chelsea LitalienChelsea Litalien
Business Administration, studied one semester each in Lyon, France and at Macquarie University in Sydney Australia, where she completed an internship

Studying abroad was always a goal of mine, so when I got the opportunity to do it twice, I jumped at the chance. After spending the fall semester in Lyon, France, I headed “down under” for a semester at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

Accommodations
I lived just across the street from campus in Macquarie University Village. It was made up of about 200 houses with five bedrooms each. I lived with other Americans and Canadians, but there were people in the village from all over the world. The houses were really comfortable and convenient to campus, but about 40 minutes from the city by bus, which is something worth considering. Rent in the city is higher, and it is further from school, but there is a lot more to do in there on the weekends without buying a bus pass.

Classes & Internship

Each of my classes met twice per week. One meeting was a large lecture group, and the other was a smaller tutorial. I took Human Resource Management, Strategic Management, Marketing Fundamentals, and completed an Internship. The workload was similar to what I would have had at UNCG, and I feel like I learned a lot about business from the Australian perspective. My internship was an especially rewarding experience. I worked with a tourism company and learned all about that industry. I was able to take on a couple of projects for them and also improve my knowledge of Australian geography. My co-workers were really pleasant people, and overall, it was a great internship. They even said I’d have a job after I graduate from UNCG, if I wanted it.

Traveling

I had a break in the middle of the semester and took that opportunity to travel a little. First I went up to Cairns, where I snorkeled around the Great Barrier Reef. That was easily one of the coolest things I’ve done in my life. Then I went down to Melbourne and met up with an Australian friend I had met while we were both studying in France. Melbourne was very different from Sydney, and both are beautiful cities.

Advice

  • Be open-minded. You’ll learn a lot more that way.
  • Pack for any kind of weather, but don’t bring too much. You’ll want to bring a lot home!
Try anything (safe) once. When will you get your next chance to snorkel with Nemo or play with kangaroos or learn to surf?
 

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