Met the greatest people on the best experience of my life. Past Review

By (Finance and Financial Management Services., University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh) - abroad from 08/25/2012 to 12/16/2012 with

The Education Abroad Network (TEAN): Gold Coast - Bond University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to interact in an international context and got a lot of vital traveling experience. Gained a ton of friends that I will cherish for the rest of my life. 100% worthwhile.

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.

Classes were a bit tougher than in the US, but the grading scale was also different. They are good at accommodating for travel time considering many of the students are study abroad.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Extremely helpful and friendly.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Stayed in the on campus dorms and they were very nice. The rooms were cleaned once a week which included new sheets and vacuuming the carpet.

* Food:

Definitely one of the worst parts about Bond. The food itself wasnt awful, but it was the lack of options that made it so bad. s

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Considering Bond is largely study abroad students, many of the students i interacted with with american or from another country. But, i still did make a good amount of Australian friends and was able to learn a lot about the culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Never felt unsafe.

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


* 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? Many of the parties they throw cost money, and in my opinion there are better things that money can go towards.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* 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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Fiji pre-excursion
  • Sydney orientation
  • Friendly staff
* What could be improved?
  • Food options
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Definitely didnt need to pack as much as i did.

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.'