Overall, incredible and unique experience!! June 17, 2015

By (Film Media and Communications, University of Rhode Island) - abroad from 07/07/2014 to 11/22/2014 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I came back with a massively bigger understand not only of Australian culture, but of my own culture and travel in general. I got to see the comparisons of my own upbringing and other's, while gaining a larger respect for others in the process.

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 6 months+

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?

The off campus housing option was absolutely incredibly. It was located in Broadbeach, so we were placed in an amazing location, right near the new transit system, and the beach! The housing itself was amazing, probably nicest housing I've had during my college experience. Weekly cleaning staff, amazing views, and the amenities included during out stay all added to an overall positive housing experience.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The program did an amazing job with giving us countless opportunities to become integrated with the local culture. The multitude of events presented to us around the city were well worth trying out. By the end of the semester, I had help that I was truly comfortable and knowledgable in the Australian culture, especially within Gold Coast.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

Throughout my nearly 5 month stay, not once had I felt unsafe. The TEAN staff located within Gold Coast were always readily available for us, and gave us plenty of information on living in a city enviroment so we felt safe throughout our stay.

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

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? around 150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? start budgeting at the beginning of the semester, and you'll thank yourself in the end.

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?

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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • excursions
  • availability of staff
  • variety of options
* What could be improved?
  • equal internet distribution in all program housing
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Starting early with proper budgeting can help in the long run and relieve some stress toward the end of the semester.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Avid Adventurer
The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You'd rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.