Once in a lifetime experience! October 07, 2019

By (Clemson University) - abroad from 01/04/2019 to 04/23/2019 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how much there is to explore outside of the US. I was in Australia for 4 months and traveled somewhere new every weekend and still felt like I could have seen more. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience and I wouldn't sacrifice it for anything!

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 0-2 weeks

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

I couldn't imagine going abroad with any program other than TEAN. It is tough to go to a foreign country not knowing anyone but TEAN made it so easy to become integrated in a foreign community as well as meeting fellow Americans. They were helpful every step of the way and made my experience the best it could be.

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? You should expect to spend double what you normally would during a semester at your home university.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • 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?
  • Very well organized
  • Super helpful with making travel plans and becoming integrated within the host university
  • Provided unique experiences
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how expensive Australia was because I spent way more than I thought I would.