Australia Gold Coast, the experience of a lifetime. Past Review

By (Physical Therapy/Therapist., Ithaca College) for

Griffith University: Gold Coast - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
In Australia I met people from all over the world and gained a better understanding of different cultures. I got to experience a completely different lifestyle which is a priceless experience.

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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.

Moderate workload, a grading system on a scale of 7, the course are more intensive but they count for more credits.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

There were support services in place but I didn't really utilize them.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I stayed in the Griffith University Village which was the convenient on-campus type apartment housing. It was perfect for meeting new people but there are cheaper options that are also closer to the beach.

* Food:

Very americanized, with similar diversity and shortcomings. Fish and chips shops are actually quite good.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The people are so friendly in Australia and there was also an international group that did events. Everyone loved to relax and have fun.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

My host city was safe and health was never an issue for me there.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Each week I would say I could spend about $40 on food if I didn't eat out but going out to social events is expensive if you drink a lot.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Shop smart, learn to cook for yourself is much cheaper than eating out. Pregame and go to happy hour.


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

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A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people I met there
  • Getting to see a new continent
* What could be improved?
  • More info about housing options
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Save up some money, things are more expensive there, I had to get a part-time job to help cover things.