An experience of a lifetime Past Review

By (McKendree University) - abroad from 02/14/2018 to 06/20/2018 with

IFSA: Gold Coast & Brisbane - Griffith University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I not only gained some intercultural communication skills and skills in a global context, but I also learned more about myself.

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.

Good Resources, Great campus, good faculty

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Very helpful

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Other than maintenance on housing, the location was phenomenal, although very costly for sharing a room

* Food:

Very healthy good food

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Amazing country, beautiful culture and very nice people

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The health care in Australia was amazing, even being a foreigner, they worked well with me.

* Safety:

Felt very safe in my home environment and on campus

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

Very helpful in adjusting to a new country and overall good program


* 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)

I saved up a lot of money prior, so i was financially okay. The housing was expensive but living there wasn't so bad since I'm smart with money

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 100-200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save up as much as you can prior to abroad trip, especially if one plans to travel among their host country.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
  • Other
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people - Australians
  • The environment
* What could be improved?
  • Cost
  • Communication among program
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I focused more on enjoying the country and getting to know more people rather than stress about my classes or being away from family.

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Advanced Nutrition

Course Department:
Instruction Language:
Comments: Professor was not very effective in providing the necessary information needed for exams and wasn't very willing to help when approached or asked questions.
Credit Transfer Issues: