Abroad in Surfer's Paradise!! Past Review

By (University of Maine - Orono) - abroad from 06/23/2017 to 10/18/2017 with

Griffith University: Gold Coast - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to go with the flow. Sometimes the best experiences are not planned. I also learned a lot about different cultures. I had limited experience in other countries than the U.S. so I was able to learn a lot from my international friends. I think this experience was worthwhile. Everyone should experience a culture different from their own to gain a different perspective on the world.

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.

* 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 got to experience places and things that many students don't get to when studying at their home university. I met students from around the world and got to experience new places with them. The best part was that direct enrollment allowed for an easy transition financially between my home and host universities since the tuition was the same.


* 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? $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Eating out can get costly! Look for discounts before planning trips.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • International Students
* 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?
  • Location: beaches and city
  • People: international friends
  • University: flexible courses
* What could be improved?
  • Living accommodation: expensive
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You will spend more than you think you will. Start saving money as early as you can! If I had saved more money I would have been able to do more traveling while abroad.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Outright Urbanite
A social butterfly, you're happiest in bustling cities with hip people, and took advantage of all it had to offer. You enjoyed the nightlife, and had fun going out dancing, and socializing with friends. Fun-loving and dressed to the nines, you enjoyed discovering new restaurants, shops, cafes, and bars in your host country.