Thanks for the great responses!
ATLskier: That's really helpful man. I'm definitely leaning towards U of Melbourne over ANU, because I've heard that Canberra can be a bit lame (I think I actually read that in another thread). That's a really good point about the skiing. It sounds like my best option ski-wise would be to do the semester in Australia and then try to WWOOF in NZ somewhere in the mountains.
I'm planning on going with one friend, so no worries about that. I'd definitely prefer to stay away from any sorta program. My school (McGill), only sends about 5 students to each uni anyway.
I'm studying environmental, specifically ecological determinants of health. It's like environmental science mixed with nutrition/health, anthropology, and sociology. Do you know anything about enviro programs at any of the schools? I'm also VERY interested in nutrition and sports science/therapy, so that would be a plus also.
Tasche: Yeah, I understand where you're coming from about the lack of culture shock. I don't mind, though. I'm from Vermont, going to uni in Montreal, and that's about as much of a cultural difference as I feel like putting up with haha. I feel that NZ or Aus would be somewhat refreshing, though. And that video is wild, holy shit.
hoodSlayer: I've heard that Auckland is pretty bland compared to the rest of the country... It's unfortunate that it's the only uni that's available to me. Most, if not all, of the Australian universities are "ranked" higher than U of Auck. As far as progress towards my degree goes, they're all approved institutions, but yeah, I do have to look further into the availability of certain programs.
Jacuse: Greece is definitely on my list for the future. A friend of mine spent some time there while I was in Italy, and never hesitated to send me pictures of the incredible beaches and cities. The only issue is that I'd have to set up the program independently, because it isn't an official "bilateral exchange partner." So I think I'm going to stick to Aus/NZ.
What are the advantages of being in Sydney rather than Melbourne? They both seem like great cities. From what I've read, Sydney has much more consistent nice weather, and incredible beaches, not to mention a ton of things to do. On the other hand, it looks like Melbourne has a better vibe, with nice people, lots of culture, and a lower cost of living. I also saw someone say that Sydney vs. Melbourne is like LA vs. San Francisco. What's an NSers take?
So it sounds like Australia... Anyone have anything to say about Queensland, Western, U of NSW, or Adelaide?
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