The best learning experience of my life June 02, 2017

By (University of Hartford) - abroad from 02/12/2017 to 06/18/2017 with

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

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
From this experience I learn how to be a more confident person and to take more chances that were out of my comfort zone. I learned about different cultures and different people through all the traveling I did. I learned a lot about the education differences in Australia compared to the US. It was completely worthwhile.

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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

I would choose this program again because they provide great housing in a great location. They always sent e-mails about local events going on which was helpful and I had a blast at their orientations in Cairns for the week.

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? $200
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Take advantage of grocery stores saving cards they can be really useful for weekly shopping. Restaurants always have deals on certain days of the week which can help when budgeting but still wanting to go out and eat. Find other people to travel with in your program, it can helps when splitting the cost with someone. Look into cheap flights and tickets there are many websites that can help you find them. Also, don't be afraid to stay in hostels they are a cheap way to have a place to stay in and always read the reviews!

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?
  • Housing
  • Daily e-mails about local events
* What could be improved?
  • Airport plans for last day in program
  • More events for students in the program to interact together
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Before going into this program I wish I knew more about Griffith University and how to deal with all the orientations and getting around school. No one was really there for us in the program to help us with questions about classes etc. Also I wish I knew that on the last day of the program no one provides transportation to the Brisbane airport like they did for pick up. We're on our own to find a way there and a majority of the options are expensive which is an expense I wasn't aware of until a few weeks before.

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.