Most amazing 4 months of my life, can't wait to go back! January 25, 2016

By (Business Marketing, University of Massachusetts - Lowell) - abroad from 08/28/2015 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?
Not to mention the lifelong friendships that I have gained, also the independence of being on my own was very valuable. What I learned while abroad was something you need to get out and do, not something that can be taught in a classroom. It was most definitely worth while

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.

Put forth some effort and you'll be fine. Definitely can't just forget you're there for school though.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived on campus which was great because I got to meet so many people from around the world.

* Food:

The food at school was great

* 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

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)

It was easy for me just living on campus. Main expenses were food and travel

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $200-$300
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Try to get good deals on travel, take it easy on alcohol expenses

Language

* 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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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
* 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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The people
  • The travel
  • The experiences
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To have saved a little more money, and how often I would be traveling because it was almost every weekend

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.