Amazing! July 14, 2016

By (Trinity University) - abroad from 01/06/2016 to 04/22/2016 with

Arcadia: Gold Coast - Bond University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about an entirely different culture. I learned what I enjoy doing. I learned I really would love to live near the ocean as an adult. I learned that I am very independent and I loved challenging myself. I learned that I can still make friends with people right off the bat and open myself up to people really easily. I also gained a boyfriend so im pretty happy about that.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I made so many friends and even though most are Americans I would have never met them otherwise because they live in different states. Australia taught me to be more laid back than the American lifestyle sets you up for. I enjoyed every moment.

Finances

* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $40
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Make a budget before going and a revised one after two weeks of being there.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The climate, environment
  • their laid back culture
  • the people
* What could be improved?
  • The in-country program manager
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? That my parents would have let me go to Bali if I would have asked more. Didnt get to go, only thing I really regret!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.