The Best Semester Of My Life! Past Review

By (Accounting, Nichols College) - abroad from 07/08/2013 to 11/17/2013 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned a lot about myself. I gained some awesome friends that I would of never been able to meet if I did not go through TEAN. While in Australia I learned so many cool things that I probably wouldn't of done while in the US like scuba diving and surfing.

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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.

It was a cool experience going into class, and being one of the only Americans in class, which is something that I am not use too.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

They were very helpful on switching classes.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I couldn't of asked for anything better. Perfect location very clean, and it felt like home.

* 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? $200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Do not go out to dinner because it is extremely expensive. Never go out for ice cream because that is expensive. Don't bother taking cabs you're better off taking the bus because it is much cheaper.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

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  • 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?
  • How nice the people are that work for TEAN.
  • It was so easy to contact TEAN when you needed something.
  • The trips it offered.
* What could be improved?
  • More trips offered throughout the semester.
  • Nothing
  • Nothing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? TEAN did a great job on telling us all the details before studying abroad. They gave us a huge list on what to pack, and they had no problem with you emailing them thousands of times.

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.