The best decision I've ever made! Past Review

By (Stonehill College) - abroad from 06/27/2019 to 11/17/2019 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned about so many different cultures. I was able to not only meet Australians, but many international students from Norway, Italy, and other countries that I still keep in touch with. I gained a passion for traveling and also learned that I can be independent.

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.

* 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 loved every moment studying abroad through TEAN. My experience started with TEAN orientation at the Great Barrier Reef and was able to meet other students and feel comfortable in a new country right away.


* 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)

It isn't hard to live on a student budget when grocery shopping and cooking on your own and only eating out about once per week. When traveling, I recommend flying tigerair or jetstar to cut down costs as you can usually find cheap flights through them. Staying in hostels is also a good way to cut costs and I never had any bad experiences with hostels.

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? Fly tigerair and jetstar. Try not to buy coffee out everyday because that will add up. Grocery shopping and meal prepping is also a good way to stop yourself from eating out too often.


* 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?

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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?
  • Orientation
  • Having an advisor for guidance and having someone to talk to.
  • Meeting so many amazing international students
* What could be improved?
  • I didn't have any bad experiences with TEAN
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how much I would like it, I would have gone during my sophomore year so that I would possibly have the opportunity to go again!

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.