Bachelor of Science (Zoology)
Exchange @ University of Miami, Florida, USA
University of Miami
Facilities were fantastic and a wonderful campus! The food was excellent in the dining halls and while the dorm rooms were shared and offered relatively little privacy, the whole living on campus thing was really good for making you want to study all the time.
There was lots and lots of social activities and clubs and societies to join and the international exchange students were particularly well catered for
Studying at University of Miami
Quite similar way of learning in that it was split almost 50/50 between continuous assessment via assignments and final exams but the classes I took were very hands on and the lab sessions were particularly good. Very high standard of teaching and gave the opportunity to study subjects not offered by JCU
Living in USA
Miami was quite an expensive city to live in and especially to go out on the town in, but the lifestyle is very laid back and the people are great.
Bit of a culture shock for some maybe seeing as Miami is such a massive city compared to Cairns but well worth the trip.
What were the most rewarding aspects of the exchange experience?
Lots of volunteering opportunities which of course looks great on a C.V. but the other exchange students formed a very close knit group which provided many really good study sessions and lots of nights out together. The lecturers were extremely approachable, friendly, knowledgeable and helpful which was of great assistance.
Did you experience any difficulties?
What advice would you give to a JCU student going to your host university?
Attend ALL the organised activities for exchange students that they put on in the orientation week before classes start as this really is an amazing way to get to know people and find your way around campus. If volunteering is what you are after on your exchange, and you are going to Miami, all you have to do is ask the lecturers, amazing doors may open. Also get involved with the clubs and societies.