Go Down Under! February 09, 2016

By (Business Administration and Marketing, University of New Hampshire) - abroad from 09/01/2015 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 gained a stronger sense of independence for sure. I learned to live in the moment and immerse myself in another culture completely. It was most definitely worthwhile and I wish I could do it all over again.

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.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The program administrators were so nice and always available to help. Loved them.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived off campus in The Reserve which was a great apartment to live in. It was a 5 minute walk to campus, right next to the grocery store, and beautiful. It had a huge balcony that you could relax on and a nice sized kitchen and living room.

* Food:

I thought the food was similar to the US

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Everyone was SO nice. There was always something to do. Festivals, beach, hiking.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I went to the doctor once and only had to pay 5$. It was the university health care office and super easy to find.

* Safety:

I always felt safe.

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

TEAN was an amazing program. They all care about your experience and want to make it the most memorable one, which they definitely did.

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 hard for me to budget at times because there was so much to do and a lot of places I wanted to travel.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? 200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? SAVE AS MUCH AS YOU CAN! You won't regret it, and you'll want to use it all to travel anyway.

Language

* 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?

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?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Program Administrators
  • Orientation
* What could be improved?
  • N/A
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I know that if I could do it all over again I would go on the pre Fiji trip!

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.

Individual Course Reviews

Course Name/Rating:

Love, Sex, and Relationships

Course Department: PSYCH
Instructor: Evette Braunstein
Instruction Language: English
Comments: This course was a great elective to take. Evette was super passionate about what she was teaching and made the overall course super fun to take. If you're taking an elective, this should be it!
Credit Transfer Issues: