Take me back to Aussie! Past Review

By (University of Hartford) - abroad from 02/17/2016 to 07/13/2016 with

The Education Abroad Network (TEAN): Brisbane - University of Queensland

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned that stepping out your comfort zone will make you a better person. The experience was worthwhile because it gave me the ability to learn about another culture other than my own. I learned so much about people. I also learned that there is such thing as peace. Being back home in New York City and back at school in Connecticut, things begin to get chaotic and hectic. In aussie, I felt tranquil and peace while still doing well in my class. If i had the opportunity to do it all over again, I would.

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

They were helpful and very encouraging. TEAN met up with us while we were abroad which made me feel like they were supportive.


* 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? 100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to cook more than eat out because you begin to realize how much money you are wasting by buying food.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

Select all that apply

  • 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?
  • The different activities that were available to the students
* What could be improved?
  • Be very clear with the different payments and money.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? -Do not spend money on eating out. -Bring your own flatiron, blowdryer. -Don't waste your money on an Australian phone, just work out something with you mobile company. -Bring sweaters and sweatpants because it starts to get real cold in June.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'