VIDEO: A Walking Tour of Sydney’s Beaches

I made the hike from Bondi Beach for about three miles all they way to Coogee Beach. Along the way, you pass about six different amazing places to swim and play. Come join!

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Meet our Winter Break and Spring 2017 Bloggers!

As we ring in a new year, we’re excited to welcome a new crop of study abroad bloggers for Winter Break and Spring Semester 2017! Before you start to follow them on their exciting adventures around the globe, let them tell you a little about themselves.

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A Long Layover in Vietnam

One of the best things about studying at University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) was the 10-week semester. While all my friends in San Diego still were still studying for finals, I was finished with my semester and ready to travel home. At this point I had a few options, I could go home a few months early and twiddle my thumbs or I could take a detour and travel through Vietnam. I picked the latter.

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Exploring Sydney

You will find many amazing places and things to do around Sydney, these are my favorite!

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Solo Trip to the Gold Coast

Surfers Paradise doesn’t sound like a bad place to visit when you need a break from busy Sydney, am I right? Unfortunately, I didn’t get to surf because of strong winds, but I still made the best of my two-and-a-half day excursion to the Gold Coast.

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Getting Barreled at Surf Camp

Alright maybe not barreled, but I did stand up on a surf board for the first time ever!

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The (Bumpy) Road to Sydney

The 10 day road trip from Cairns (pronounced Cans) to Sydney wouldn’t have been the same without the two speeding tickets, cracked windshield and small fender bender. These few hiccups didn’t stop my sister and I from having a great time.

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The Travel Bug is Real

After traveling to the Great Barrier Reef, my friends and I had a serious case of the travel bug. We wanted to see every city, every state and every historical site in Australia. However, this was obviously unrealistic. For the sake of our grades and the for the sake of our wallets, we chose a state that we could tour within four days.

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My Amazing Trip to the Great Barrier Reef

Here at the University of Technology Sydney, they have this amazing thing called “stu-vac week.” It stands for “study vacation.” Right before the temperature starts to fall and the semester starts to get real (in terms of course work), students get one week off which is meant for studying and preparation for upcoming material. However, since it is at the end of the first full month of the semester (April), school not too many students really do the “study” part. So this is essentially just the perfect week to take an unforgettable vacation, which is exactly what I did.

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Pros, Cons and More: My First Month in Australia

Hey everyone! My name is Ruta Gebreyesus and I am a junior at San Diego State University. I am studying abroad at University of Technology, Sydney, Australia for the spring semester of 2016. It is my first time out of the country and I am already in love with this continent. I now know what everyone meant when they advised to stay a whole year if possible. A semester is just too short.

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