The Experience That Set Me Up For The Rest Of My Life Past Review

By (Elmhurst University) - abroad from 02/07/2017 to 06/28/2017 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Gained invaluable intercultural skills and a new sense of independence.

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.

University of Queensland tested my in different ways than my home university does. It helped me gain a sense of independence with my studies, for a lot of the work was self-guided.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

TEAN did an INCREDIBLE job assuring that every students needs were met and that any and all questions were answered.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

For what the student accommodation was worth, it was a decent time living in the provided facility

* Food:

Australia is the epitome of health, and there are no processed foods. With allergies and restrictions, I found it very easy to accommodate to my needs.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I befriended Australians immediately and made life long pals. I integrated into their culture for they let me and showed me how.

* 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

It was perfect integration and was just awesome.


* 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)

Farmers markets were my life and made living very cost effective. I spent a bit on weekend trips but overall not difficult to manage.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100-$150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Be smart and look for discounts and scholarships!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How would you rate your language skills at the beginning of the program? None
How would you rate your language skills at the end of the program? None

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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

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  • Local Students
  • 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 advisors
  • Other students
  • The university
* What could be improved?
  • Some communication
  • The accommodation was fine, but could be better
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Look into doing things whilst abroad. I did not do a bit of research and I wish I had. My friends planned everything and I had no idea what I was doing the majority of the time.