Going on the CAPA Program is an experience you'll never forget.
Besides it's relatively cheap cost, the internship placement, and the location, there are many things about this program that make it unique. You get to stay in the Meriton Serviced Apartments- not in a dorm at a University. Think of it as staying off campus, with incentives. Each apartment has at least two balconies, 24 hour room service, a full kitchen, and two bathrooms, not to mention the spacious living area with a large flat screen TV (but you probably won't be watching too much if you spend your time the right way), and the gym and sauna access. It's conveniently located next to a small market, some shops, restaurants, the highway, a fabulous park (with great sight lines of the city), and the bus stop. It is without a doubt a great place to stay.
You get to live with other Americans on the program, so if you are fearful of living on your own, you get the camaraderie and a little dose of culture to fall back on when you need it. Some planned trips in the beginning of the program allow you to make friends with the other students very early on.
Of course, this doesn't mean you don't meet Australians or anyone from a different culture. I certainly met many people from all over the world through my travels and still communicate with them today- 6 months later. As is the case with any abroad program and experience, meeting people, and immersing yourself in the culture is completely up to you. Australians are all around- trust me when I say you meet many people. Make the most of it.
The program is there for you when you need any assistance. I can't say enough about how they helped everyone on the trip.
While abroad, I was more freely able to step out of my comfort zone, as high as 12,000 ft in the air, and as low as 60 ft in the waters below. I gained invaluable cultural awareness, experience, the knowledge to successfully live on my own, and the lasting sensation that I can do anything in the world I put my mind to. I highly recommend the program.