Sydney Ruth Di Bernardo, Spring 2017 Participant
Advise that I would give to future study abroad students would be to focus on school, but not too much. You're across the globe to learn so much more than whatever you're learning in the classroom. Take time to travel, really get to explore your host city, be spontaneous, take rewarding risks, and make meaningful relationships with all different kinds of people.
Fall 2016 Participant
The university system in Australia is very different. Both in terms of grading and teaching methods, you may find that you're not able to achieve the same level of success that you have at KU. I would not recommend attending UNSW if you're not able to handle criticism from instructors, as UNSW employs relatively high profile architects as its studio instructors so the studio environment can be very intense. I learned a tremendous amount while at UNSW, but it was certainly difficult at times and the program probably isn't a good fit for everyone.
In terms of living at UNSW, I would NOT recommend living in university housing. It's extremely expensive and you won't have the same opportunities to meet other international students. Most Australian students live at home, and many of the European students opt to live in sharehouses in the surrounding suburbs. I lived near the beach in a house with students from the US, Denmark, England, and a few other countries. It was one of the best decisions that I have ever made.
Spring 2015 Participant
The University of New South Wales was a really prestigious school in the center of one of the greatest cities in the world. Not to mention, it was right next to the beach.