Australian Adventures June 09, 2017

By (University of Maine - Orono) - 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?
I learned to be more grateful for what i have and to be grateful for this experience

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.

Classes are structured very differently in AUS, you have few assignments but they count for a large percentage of your grade, for example, one essay might be 40% of you final grade.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

Super helpful people, provided us with meetups and free coffee and treats, set up "free" events.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

I got to live in Peppers Broadbeach, which is a 2 min walk to the beach, and a short walk to the bus/tram station. The hotel is beautiful, definitely the nicest I've ever stayed in.

* Food:

Food is very similar it the US, although there are a few differences

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Locals are everywhere and are very easy going and easy to talk to.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I did not have any health issues while abroad

* Safety:

I always felt safe, and i was always with a friend but nothing super sketchy ever happened.

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

I was paired with roommates who were wonderful and we did everything together, TEAN provided us with a lot of helpful information and were always willing to help with anything we needed.

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)

pretty easily

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? $60
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Buy groceries and cook your own meals, it saves a lot of money

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 location
  • Orientation activities
* What could be improved?
  • Smaller orientations
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? The differences in the education systems

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.