From the Great Barrier Reef to the Mountains of New Zealand Past Review

By (Bentley University) - abroad from 09/02/2012 to 12/15/2012 with

Bond University: Gold Coast - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Yes it was worthwhile. I love to travel and I loved seeing Australia. However Australia was not the cultural haven that Europe is so less was learned about history and culture.

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?

I do not like singles so B Block was difficult at times

* Food:

Not bad but minimal selection on campus

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

N/A for me

* Safety:

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? No


* 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)

Food is expensive if not on campus with meal plan. Travel is expensive

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Use your meal plan!


* 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?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • Travel
  • People
  • Weather
* What could be improved?
  • Food
  • Prices
  • Dorms
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Save up and research travel sites