The Best Decision of My Life January 13, 2016

By (Griffith University) - 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?
Not only did I build lifelong friendships abroad, but I also learned how cultures can vary around the world and how to adapt to different environments. This was the most amazing experience I have ever encountered. The people and places that I saw were truly amazing.

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.

* 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

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? $100
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Definitely create a budget for yourself so that you can save aside money for travel. There is so much to experience here and in order to do as much as you can travelling, try to save some cash by not always going out to eat or buying clothing and other things for yourself.

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?

Select all that apply

  • 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 excursions offered to us. They were a great opportunity to make friendships and to enjoy ourselves.
  • The friendly staff made it easy to access them and to speak with them about anything.
* What could be improved?
  • Honestly, nothing.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Truthfully I went into this not knowing what to expect, and it all worked out perfectly. The only thing that I wish I was prepared for was that the weather can actually get a bit chilly in Australia, so I probably would have packed more sweatshirts.

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.