Semester abroad at Macquarie University in Sydney
BiTS-student Laura Urban from Campus Berlin is currently spending her semester abroad in Sydney. She shares her first impressions and talks about her new life Down Under.
I left gray, cold Germany in mid-February to do my semester abroad in beautiful, warm, and sunny Sydney.
I chose Macquarie University because I always wanted to go to Australia. It takes about 30 minutes to Sydney city center from Macquarie University. The campus is 311 acres and has outstanding parks, perfect for relaxing between the lectures. There are also many cafés, shops, and bars. But the best thing about the campus is the Sport and Aquatic Centre with indoor and outdoor pools and a big gym.
I went to four different classes at school, Tuesdays through Fridays. Macquarie has four different faculties. The Business and Economics Faculty is the biggest one and it's the most famous in Australia. A course is based on two-hour lectures and one-hour tutorials.
The campus has multiple dormitories. I chose the Macquarie University Village which is about 10 minutes from the university on foot. The village includes 180 town houses and five students live together in each house.
The university ensures that international students get to know Australia and its culture. That's why they took us before the semester started to the Seven Miles Beach outside of Sydney for a two-day surfing course. There I met other international students. Australian students also put a lot of effort to make the visit unforgettable for us. They organized a sightseeing tour through Sydney with all important city landmarks like the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, and Darling Harbour. We also visited Taronga Zoo, where we learned several things about the Australian fauna.
The time here in Australia seems to fly by and about half of the semester is already over. Right now I'm enjoying a two-week break during which I have visited Brisbane.