Students are raving about Semester in Australia – check out these testimonials!


Dear Ann, Alyssa is having the time of her life…

Also, I wanted to say thank you to you and SIA for your work in helping our daughter transition to her new ‘home’ in AU.  As I’m sure you know, sending your child over 10k miles from home comes with some added stress and worries.  However, working with SIA helped to ease our minds!  We are also thrilled with your partnership with the travel company that showed the students such a great time in Sydney!   Alyssa is having the time of her life, as it should be. 🙂

Thanks again for all you do!

Mrs Dana Higham, Parent of Alyssa
University of South Carolina, USA
Spring/Semester 1, 2016

My time here in Australia was my favorite experiences in college so far.

Through the Semester in Australia program I’ve met more friends than I thought I would, hugged a Koala, and never been more than a ten minute walk away from campus, restaurants, or the grocery store. Everything I needed was set up for me from the start. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who wants to make the most out of their time in Australia!

James Gromann, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, USA
Fall/Semester 2, 2013

Dear Ann, Katie is loving her time in Australia…

…and seems to be playing and working hard and is very happy living in the accommodation that you provide and would definitely recommend it to any fellow British students coming out to Australia to study. Thank you for making her stay so comfortable!

Kind regards,
Felicity Brown, Parent of Katie
Sheffield University, UK
Fall/Semester 2, 2013 and Spring/Semester 1, 2014

Gold Coast

After my experience in the Gold Coast I could not be more stoked from everything that Semester In Australia provided for me.

From the beginning Ann was always there to answer my every question I had to its fullest making sure I was always comfortable and confident with the upcoming journey that I had ahead of me. The program well succeeded my expectations from the start and upon my arrival I was shocked to see how nice my apartment was and the premier location in which I was to stay for the next 5 months.

Besides school, surfing has always been a major aspect to my everyday life which made my decision easy to let Ann and her team place me in the perfect location to fulfill both the classes I was taking, while giving me the opportunity to surf multiple times a day at some of Australia’s and the worlds best surf breaks. Through this program I was also able to meet some of my closet friends that I still see to this day and have now visited while being back home in the states.

Semester In Australia truly made my journey easy and free of any hurdles, and enabled myself to relax and enjoy this opportunity that I had been given. My only problem now is trying to figure out how to get back to Australia and continue the adventure in which I previously started.

Cheers Ann, and the rest of Semester In Australia
– Keiffer Edmonston

Thank you for the perfect Semester in Australia 🙂

Miroslava Horakova, Charles University Prague, Czech Republic

Semester 2, 2013




I’d like to use this opportunity to thank Semester in Australia

…for providing me with such a lovely and cozy accommodation so that I can feel safe and be carefree while studying in Sydney Uni.

The apartment I lived is in close walking distances to basically everything, including universities, shopping centres, numerous fantastic cafes restaurants and bars, all of which saved me tremendous time in transportation. However, the best thing of all was the people of SIA who were always very responsive and helpful to our needs and problems. If you are an international student like me, look no further.

Yi-Hsuan (Jenny) Li, Taipei, National Taiwan University

Semester 2, 2014

Good bye boredom! Hello adventure!

… is what I told myself when I got on my plane. As corny as it sounds I really did leave the United States to have an adventure or at least an exciting 21st year of my life. When I decided to study abroad I wanted to be spontaneous and see where fate would take me. Well, that spontaneity has a price and that price is security. When I got here I had no idea where I was going to live, where my college was located, not to mention no way of getting to a hotel. Luckily for me I befriended a girl on the plane and she drove me to the nearest hostel.

After I got my room a wave of urgency came over me and I started putting housing applications everywhere. A few responded but I was very skeptical. Then I came across the Semester in Australia website, shortly after I filled out my application I was lying in bed stressing out about what was going to happen to me? I had no where to go, no connections, and I was on my own.

Suddenly I got an email from Suzanne Geraghty offering me not only a place to stay but transportation to my new home. I gave her my information and the next morning I road into Sydney with style. As soon as I arrived I was shown my room, given a welcome bag, my key, a bus pass, and I had the wonderful opportunity to meet my new roommate. I was so grateful to be apart of this program. I honestly feel I wouldn’t have had my amazing stories and adventures to tell if it wasn’t for the program.

Jessica O’Handley, California, Bachelors of Fine Arts at Sydney College of the Arts

Semester 1, 2014

I had the best experience with Semester in Australia.

We absolutely loved our apartment – the location and facilities were great. It was also so helpful that SiA was able to pick us up and help us get organized the first day. That made the transition much easier and helped us get acclimated quickly. Paying up front for utilities also proved to be a great decision, as we did not have to worry about paying bills. The washer, dryer, and dishwasher were also amazing amenities to have! It was a pleasure working through SiA to find our housing. We have already passed along the information to our friends for the 2013 semester 1!

Celia Landesberg, New York, USA

Semester 1, 2013

The location was definitely the best part.

I am appreciative that I was able to live here and that Semester in Australia helped accommodate my family with our financial issues. The location was definitely the best part about it: 10 minute walk from central, 20 minute walk to town hall, right across from one of the biggest shopping centers. Can’t beat it!

Joi James, UNSW
Sydney, Semester 2, 2015

The Staff at Semester in Australia were great!

The accommodations provided through Semester in Australia exceeded my expectations. The apartment I stayed in was located in the nice trendy suburb of Chippendale, just a short walk to Sydney University, the train station, shops, and restaurants. It had everything we needed to live comfortably, including cute and comfortable furniture and strong wifi. The staff at Semester in Australia were great! They were very helpful and made  for a smooth move-in and move-out. My roommates and I all agree that we loved our apartment. We only wish we could have stayed longer.
Lauren, February 2016

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