Amazing learning experience and memories for a lifetime! Past Review

By (Marketing and Supply Chain, University of Maryland - College Park) - abroad from 07/09/2012 to 11/18/2012 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Studying abroad was one of the best decisions I have ever made. It was great learning about the different aspects of Australian culture, as well as meeting people from all over the world! Australia is a wonderful country with a lot to offer. The Gold Coast has all of the fantastic aspects of city life, as well as the laid back feel of beach life. It is a wonderful combination! There is a community feel and many amicable people to meet. This experience has made me excited to explore the numerous other parts of the world as well!

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)

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? about 75-100 dollars a week
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Be smart about the food you buy- make sure you actually eat it!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • 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?
  • The free activities offered, especially the surfing lessons and Rugby match.
  • Meeting people studying in all different parts of the country
  • How involved our Resident Director was in keeping us up to date with events happening in our areas
* What could be improved?
  • Nothing comes to mind!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? You need to document EVERYTHING. These are moments you are going to be talking about for the rest of your life! You don't want to forget a single aspect.

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.