Lovely Time with TEAN! February 26, 2019

By (University of San Francisco) - abroad from 08/28/2018 to 12/16/2018 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned so much about myself as well as Australia as I was abroad. I was able to learn about local culture while meeting tons of new people! It was a great time to really just live life and enjoy all that Australia could provide! Going abroad was so worthwhile and I'm glad that I did not pass up the opportunity to do so!

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

TEAN was always there to help out with anything I needed! They made everything so simple and easy, taking care of all the sending of forms and legalities between universities! The response time for questions was super quick and they always helped me out by rearranging things so they would work out!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in the dorms and I actually really liked it! Applying for housing was super simple and I got my first choice! I felt safe at all times and the housing department were super accommodating and understanding!

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt very integrated, whether it was food or just through events on the weekends! There was always something going on and everyone was so friendly! It was super easy to integrate into the culture and learn about everything!

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Gold Coast is super safe! I never felt worried about traveling alone or getting around at night! Everyone is also so willing to help if you need a little clarification on directions!

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

Studying abroad with TEAN was honestly the best decision I could have made! They made the application process so easy and were always so understanding of the questions I had. The staff were always so nice and genuinely wanted the best for all of us, even when the semester was coming to a close. The staff as well as the super amazing experiences TEAN provided me with will always be a highlight of my time abroad! I cannot say anything bad about my experience with TEAN!

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)

Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Start early and know what you'd like to try to explore! If you want to travel a lot of other cities or places then that's a hint to save up even more!

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?

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?
  • Understanding about concerns and super helpful during the application process
  • Staff were so sweet and really made the program feel like a home away from home!
  • Gave me the some of the best experiences I had during my time abroad, they planned great events for us!
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing, TEAN is great!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? If there was one thing I wish I knew before going on this program, it would be to know that it really is not so hard. TEAN made everything so easy and painless, which allowed me to have so much more stress free fun!!

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!