Best Four Months May 04, 2017

By (Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne / IPFW) - abroad from 01/03/2017 to 04/25/2017 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
During my experience abroad I learned so much about myself, other cultures and how to really live life. I would 100% do it all over again.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

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?

I stayed on campus and actually loved it! The dorms were old hotels converted into dorms and each room had its own bathroom as well as free laundry.

* Food:

I had a meal plan on campus.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

I never felt not safe.

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

TEAN has some awesome events included in the program as well as the orientation!


* 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 was able to easily live on a students budget, especially being on campus and having a food plan.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? Some weeks I spent as little as 10 dollars, if I was traveling I obviously spent above the students budget.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Pick the trips you really want to go on and prioritize your money according to that.


* 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?

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?
  • Orientation in Cairns
  • Organization
  • Free activities throughout semester
* What could be improved?
  • communication
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Nothing

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.