Living Down Under Still to this day CHANGED MY LIFE Past Review

By (Business Marketing, Suffolk University) for

CISabroad (Center for International Studies): Gold Coast - Semester on the Gold Coast

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
yes, everything and more than I ever expected

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

excellent learning environment with great teachers and classes. There are a lot less aspect that make up your overall grade, usually a midterm, semester project and a final. All staff were friendly and helpful, also understanding of study abroad needs.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Beyond excellent housing. Living in the dorms was one of the best aspects. Own bathrooms. Private balconies. Maid service.

* Food:

food was almost always good. Lots of options

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Because Bond is an international school that is very expensive there were not as many locals attending it. Mostly international students. But it was also partly a good thing, I was able to meet a lot of people from all over the world, but I had hoped I would have had the opportunity to meet more locals.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I always felt safe. I was exposed to a lot of health risks but was always taken care of and felt safe. The only issue I had was when I was hospitlized because I was at risk for a blood clot. The hospital was nice but the doctor was not very informing. I never had any idea of what was going on and I wasted a lot of time at the hospital because it took so long for them to do anything.

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


* 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)

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? take a risk, and just go for it. Do everything you can while you are there (except waste money on drinking) and meet as many people you can!