Awesome Australian Adventure December 12, 2015

By (University of Hartford) - abroad from 09/03/2015 to 12/20/2015 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 make friends in an environment where I knew no one and couldn't run home. I learned how to emerge myself in a different but similar culture

Review Photos

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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.

* 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? No

Finances

* 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/week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? If you plan on partaking in drinking, bring out a specified amount. Try your hardest not to have anyone owe you money, or owe anyone money. Be practical when buying groceries

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* 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? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Orientation
  • Melbourne Excursion
  • Housing
* What could be improved?
  • Orientation Directors
  • HQ Directors
  • Cost
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew that the directors wouldn't be what I'd need and wouldn't be helpful. I wish I knew that it is impossibly hard to make host country friends by living off campus.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
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.'