Literally in Paradise June 24, 2016

By (University of Hartford) - abroad from 01/04/2016 to 04/24/2016 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot of different cultures and being in another part of the world. While learning a lot about Australia and it's people, it also gave me the chance to learn more about myself. I think this experience was possibly the best thing I've ever done in my life. I wouldn't be who I am today without it.

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.

I enjoyed being in the classroom. The way the class was taught was refreshing compared to being in an American classroom. However, I didn't feel the same way in all classrooms. I felt, in some classes, the way things were being taught (which I have been taught before) were being taught in a much more difficult way. When I approached the professor, instead of offering to help me, he instead chose to persuade me into changing my major as a whole. While I enjoyed classes and attempted to take on the less enjoyable ones, the grading system was discouraging. I felt as if my effort was not reflected in my scores.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were very helpful when I had a couple questions and didn't pose not one obstacle when I needed help dropping a class, even after deadlines had passed.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

* Food:

The on campus food was good. I was actually surprised at the options that I had on campus. While they did seem limited, there was a mini "downtown" area, if you'd like to call it, with more options.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I didn't feel much integration. It didn't help that I am a bit introverted but I did find it a bit difficult to meet new people. It seemed as if, everyone already had their own group of friends and were busy with their life. I only felt myself meeting people when I was assigned to group projects in the classroom and even then, the relationships were unnatural.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I visited the on campus doctor, twice I believe. It was swift and easy. I figured that it would have been difficult being that I was an international student and I wasn't sure what my healthplan covered me for. The doctor that I saw on both times was very helpful and the visits were always completed in a timely fashion.

* Safety:

I think my host city was actually a really safe place. Even on the times were I felt as if I might have been in danger, it turned out to be paranoia. Even the two times were paranoia seemed to not be the answer, I still ended up safe. I just advice future students to just keep an eye out when they do choose to go out, wherever it may be. Just because someone wears a smile does not mean they have good intentions.

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

They made my transition into my host country very seamless. Whenever I needed help with anything, they were a message away. I think the events that they had planned for us were perfect. They were overall amazing.

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)

I believe it was pretty easy some weeks to live on a student's budget. However, some weekends it was extremely hard when I would go on excursions.

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
  • International Students
* 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?
  • Traveling
* What could be improved?
  • More TEAN Excursions
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I'm not too sure about this one

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.