Best Experience Yet October 23, 2020

By (Griffith University) - abroad from 02/16/2020 to 03/23/2020 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I was able to learn all about an entirely different culture. One of my Australian mates took me home to stay with his family for the weekend and they were able to show me a true Australian experience and show me their way of life. This trip was honestly one of the greatest of my life.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I was able to meet one of my favorite professors I've ever had. My professors came from all backgrounds and were able to apply their classes to my program from UNH.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The host administration was super helpful when it came to any question. I had to deal with health professionals while abroad for my shoulder and my advisor in Australia was very helpful.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I lived in Peppers on Broadbeach, a spot that is only offered by TEAN. This was one of the most beautiful places to live just by the amazing location of the building where it was right on the beach. The only downside to where I lived was the commute to class everyday.

* Food:

The local cuisine was great and only a little bit different compared to back home here in America. There was influence from other cultures as well which was great since I was able to try so much new food.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The Australian culture was one of the main parts that drew me to go to Australia in the first place. I was able to meet new friends from all over the world and it was great to meet some locals that were great connections to have in their homeland.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

The health care was very easy to deal with and the overall use of overseas healthcare was very helpful. I had a shoulder injury that required surgery about a week before I flew out and they were able to help me with my post-operation needs.

* Safety:

I believe that the Gold Coast was a very safe city even though I believe that the entire country is comparably safer than most countries.

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

I loved the Gold Coast! I believe it is located in a perfect spot on the East coast of Australia where you are a short flight to some of Australia's special features.

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? 250
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? When going out for food, go on nights that have deals. Certain restaurants would hold food and drink deals on specific nights during the week. Don't get roped into tourist traps, these are normally costly mistakes.

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
  • International Students
* 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?
  • staff
  • location/housing
  • professors
* What could be improved?
  • longer orientation?
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To save as much money as possible

Reasons For Studying Abroad

To help future students find programs attended by like-minded individuals, please choose the profile that most closely represents you.
The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'