The best four months of my life, all thanks to TEAN September 13, 2016

By (University of Rhode Island) - 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?
Being in Australia for 4 months, I was able to see amazing places that I had only ever dreamed of seeing. The Australian culture and lifestyle is so laid back, and the people there are all so friendly. If I could do it all over, I would in a heartbeat.

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.

* 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? Yes

TEAN made the application process very easy by always being available through phone calls and emails. I never felt stressed when applying because the deadlines are all laid out and easy to meet. TEAN orientation is where I made many of my best friends during my abroad experience. TEAN does a great job at easing students into the culture of the area in which the abroad program is taking place.

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 lived in the beach housing, which is one of the more expensive options. In addition, we had a kitchen in my apartment so I had to buy groceries weekly. However, there are other options for housing that are much more affordable and meal plans that are much cheaper than purchasing groceries. TEAN does a great job at offering affordable living situations for everyone.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $400

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?

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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?
  • The TEAN employees are all extremely friendly.
  • There are events and trips set up by TEAN.
  • There is always someone ready to help you out with anything, whether it is during application or during your abroad experience.
* What could be improved?
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* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish that I had signed up for the FIJI trip before it was fully booked.

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.