Unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime! Past Review

By (Multimedia Journalism, University of Kentucky) - abroad from 08/23/2012 to 12/12/2013 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 navigate in unfamiliar places. I was not very good at directions but when I was somewhere that was nowhere near home I forced to learn and teach myself. Very worthwhile!

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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.

I learned a lot studying abroad this past fall both inside and outside the classroom. The academics were challenging, but the professors were so helpful and resourceful that I was able to meet with them if I ever needed to.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I had the best time studying abroad in the Gold Coast, Australia! I met so many amazing people and experienced more things than I could have imagined. The TEAN program was very helpful and organized and were on their A game throughout the semester.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I really liked the dorms at Bond University. They were clean, spacious, and organized when it came to living necessities. I would recommend living on campus in the Accommodation Center.

* Food:

The food was good, but I would have liked to see more of a selection of healthy foods such as more salads and sandwiches available.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Bond University is a very exchange friendly school, so I did not meet as many Australians as I thought or wanted to.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not have any experience with healthcare, but it was nice to know I had a healthcare plan while abroad so in case anything did happen I was covered.

* Safety:

I felt safe in the dorms and felt that if anything were to happen we would be taken care of.

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? It really depends on if I was traveling or not. If I was, I would say a couple hundred.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Save up as much as you can, because you will probably end up spending more than you think. And take advantage of any scholarship opportunities!


* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Meeting new people
  • Experiences new things
  • Having an organzied program (TEAN)
* What could be improved?
  • More information about events going on in the surrounding areas
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? More about international travels such as exchanging money, converters for plugs.. etc.

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.