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Ian Davison in Sydney

"Relaxing on the beach was extraordinary"


Ian Davison, a junior in computer science, wanted to “experience something different than my college life at Rochester.”

Did he ever!

 “Relaxing on the beach in the Daintree Rainforest was extraordinary,” Davison recalls. “One of the most beautiful places I have ever been.”

This is one of Davison’s favorite memories of studying abroad in Australia during the Fall 2014 semester. He attended Macqaurie University in Sydney, where he took two courses to meet requirements for his computer science major here.

“I wanted to know what it was like to live in a different country for an extended period of time, what studying and social life was like in a University in a different part of the world,” Davison said.

It was “far easier” to arrange than he expected, Davison added. “The process was really not difficult. It just required getting some applications done and forms signed on time.”

“It was extraordinarily beneficial. It is quite the experience simply living somewhere else that is not the U.S. I would encourage everyone to go abroad, because it is an amazing experience.”

(Below, Ian Davison at lower left with Bram Adams, a junior in computer science here, and Angie Pitsoulakis, a U.S. student from Trinity College.)


You can do it! Think engineers can’t study abroad? Think again. With the flexible Rochester curriculum and specially selected overseas partnerships, Hajim students have a world of opportunities available. We’ve identified more than 200 equivalent courses that apply toward your Rochester degree at 23 universities in 14 countries. We offer scholarships to help you cover travel costs. You'll see the world, gain a global perspective, and build your resume—all before graduating. Questions? Contact Rohan Palma, our study abroad adviser, at

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