Amazing December 12, 2015

By (Health Science: Pre Physician Assistant, University of Hartford) - abroad from 07/13/2015 to 11/22/2015 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
Studying abroad helped me grow more independent and helped me become more culturally aware of the world around me. Being able to watch american news while in Australia and to hear Australians comments on major issues gave me a unique perspective on how other parts of the world view some of the major issues america faces. I also was able to learn a great deal about my host country through the class i took and learned about their health care system and the different health care issues they face as a country which i found extremely interesting.

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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.

Amazing program that i would highly recommend to everyone

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Beautiful hotel rooms. Loved how nice and spacious they were, the maid service, and the proximity to the bus/tram station.

* Food:

Did not have a meal plan so had to cook for myself. Easy access to grocery stores that had enormous varieties of fresh seasonal produce. Tons of options for eating out as well.

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Since i didnt live on campus i lived with majority of other american students so i didnt really meet that many australians. My class sizes were also very large so i didnt mean very many australians at school either.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

Had strep throat while on a mini trip to melbourne. Was extremly hard to find a doctor that would see me without and appointment but once i did get seen i was very satisfied with the service.

* Safety:

Always felt very safe

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)

Without help from my parents i would have really struggled. Things were not necessarily expensive but having to pay for transportation and food expenses added up quickly.

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? If studying in Australia bring your own sunscreen!!! Their sunscreen is ridiculously expensive!!

Language

* 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 country itself
  • The people were extremely friendly
  • The other americans i met that were in the same program
* What could be improved?
  • provide more oppertunites to become involved in Australia culture
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The Australian grading system and how my grades would be transferred home

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Academic or Linguist
You went abroad with specific academic goals in mind; the program credentials and rigor of your coursework abroad were very important to you. You had a great time abroad, but never lost sight of your studies and (if applicable) were diligent with your foreign language study. Good for you!