Studying abroad in Australia was the best thing I have ever done! Past Review

By (Saint Anselm College) - abroad from 02/13/2012 to 06/24/2012 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I gained so much from studying abroad. I am a different person after this experience, in a very good way. I've made unbelievable friends and memories that I will always have with me. I plan to visit Australia again, when before it seemed like it was too far to ever come here. Applying and preparing for it was a lot of work, but it was the most rewarding, satisfying experiences I have ever had.

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


* 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)

* Was housing included in your program cost? Yes
* Was food included in your program cost? No


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Hotel
* Who did you live with?

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  • 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?
  • The orientation in Sydney.
  • The hotel style apartment accomodations.
  • The Spring Break trip to New Zealand.
* What could be improved?
  • I can't think of anything!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I would just advise students to sign up for your classes online before you arrive in Australia so that you get into the classes you want. Signing up for classes once you get there is stressful, and everyone else is doing it so it takes forever!