Griffith: NOT the Gold Coast Past Review

By (Communication Management and Design, Ithaca College) for

Griffith University: Gold Coast - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was worth it to go abroad but my experience abroad was less than satisfactory and very unhealthy with the HUGE encouragement of drugs, day drinking, etfc

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

Very much independent work which is a good thing

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very friendly and helpful for the most part

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

No sheets, cookware. Empty room with shelves and an ethernet cord. No orientation given on transportation (had to ask other people for rides to get groceries/walk to buy them)

* Food:

No food given

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Going out to clubs and the beach paid for by my school.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Little to no regard given to safety (rape culture, drinking, drugs, being alone at night, risky behavior, etc)

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? A LOT everything cost double or triple what it would in the states (probably 100-150 a week on food, alcohol, expenses)
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Have a job and save money before you go


How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
If applicable, to what degree did your living situation aid your language acquisition?

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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  • Americans

A Look Back

* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Study study study! Learn everything about your program before you decide to embark on such a journey.