The Best 4 Months Of My Life! Seriously... THE BEST! October 09, 2018

By (Augsburg University) - abroad from 01/04/2018 to 04/20/2018 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I had no clue how my experience would turn out- I am very glad I took a leap of faith and went for it! I found a great sense of independence I never knew was there, my confidence has sky-rocketed, I am more social, and I am more open-minded to the world around me.

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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.

The way courses, grading, and requirements were implemented took some getting used to but was never difficult to grasp. The intensity varies depending on what classes you take. Some of my classes felt moderate will others were more difficult. Do not shy away from taking difficult classes, the professors are very helpful and can guide you through it. If needed, the campus offers tutors on your behalf.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

I have nothing but positive feedback! I was very nervous going out of the country for the first time, across the world, not knowing anyone... but that all went away as I got to know the TEAN administrators that stayed in Australia. Everyone was so kind and helpful, which put my mind at ease. I loved how they wanted to be involved in my experience and put all their efforts into making my time in Australia the best one yet!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I chose to live in the dorms (Building 11 aka The Blocks) because I wanted to save on money. I was not expecting much because of the cost, but to my surprise, I loved it! I lived in a corridor full of TEAN students along with some locals, and we all got along very well! I had my own room which was spacious considering I was the only one in there. We all shared a communal bathroom and social area which consisted of a kitchen, couches, table, TV, and a balcony that overlooked the courtyard. The courtyard was the perfect place to be social and get to know others on campus. There were many activities that were hosted as well. Besides the building itself, I loved the location because it took no more than 5 minutes to get across campus to my classes.

* Food:

The food tasted very good in my opinion! There is a wide selection to chose from and it's a lot easier to be healthy. You can choose to go to Lakeside (cafeteria), convenient store (next to Lakeside), the library, or Don's (on-campus bar).

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The lifelong friends I met through TEAN would encourage me to travel with them all throughout Australia. Because of this, I got a good sense of what it means to be an Aussie and got to explore the different beauties Australia had to offer. The one thing I regret is not meeting more locals. If I had, I feel I would have truly been able to indulge in their culture.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

TEAN recommended a specific health insurance to carry abroad. PLEASE LISTEN! I knew a couple people who had to go to the hospital and did not purchase health insurance for abroad. The hospital made them pay for EVERYTHING up front! I think these selected students were able to get a refund somehow with their healthcare back home, but it was a very long and complicated process. As for the clinic on campus, it was easy to make an appointment and it only cost $10.

* Safety:

On campus, I always felt very safe. There were security guards that patrolled the campus 24/7 and are kind enough to escort you back to your building if you do so happen to feel unsafe. As for the city in general, I've never felt more safe in my life. It is always good to be conscious of your surroundings, however, you do not need to frantically look over your shoulder every second.

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

Yessssss! Of course I would do it all over again. I was able to experience so much all because of TEAN! They were also a great support system throughout my time there.

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)

Living on campus and having a meal plan made it much easier for me to stay on budget. However, going out also meant spending more on meals and other activities. It could get very expensive. You need to find out certain deals and promos for certain places in order to save money. For example, clubs and bars in Surfers Paradise exempt admission costs if you are a Bond Student (you MUST bring your student I.D. card). Same goes for restaurants around the area.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? I spent an average of $30/week.
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? What really helped was me saving money before hand. I would save as much as I could. That means not going out with your friends all the time, not spending money on food or clothes, or anything you don't need. If you have bills, only focus spending money on that. While I was abroad, I attempted to follow the same model. You do not need to rigorously follow it, because you are technically on vacation.. Just learn how to prioritize your budget. Money is best spent when you are able to travel throughout your host-country and experience memories instead of materialistic things.

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
* 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?
  • Support system
  • Excursions
  • Location
* What could be improved?
  • Transportation from and to the airport
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish TEAN would have introduced Cheap Student Flights during my orientation.

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.