Monash and Melbourne Past Review

By (University of Iowa) - abroad from 02/13/2019 to 06/30/2019 with

The Education Abroad Network (TEAN): Melbourne - Monash University

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
While forming relationships abroad, I began to initiate conversations about life outlook, especially because I was interested in the perspective of non-American students. I started to relate to others not based upon the similarities we share, but what we can teach each other about how the other lives and what the other plans for their future. I began to understand the future plans of other students as different, devoid from a hierarchical perspective of better and worse. This more inclusive understanding of others established less exclusivity in my attitude when working in group settings. I took differences in life outlook into account when collaborating, and soon, I began to incorporate these differences into what I wanted for myself. I met tour guides in the Outback, construction workers in the inner city of Sydney, and a 74 year old woman from Melbourne re-attending university for archeology after a successful career in acting. In each instance, I was taught a valuable lesson about myself and my desire to experience all of my interests and passions, rather than honing in on one career path and cutting myself off to other possibilities.

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.

* 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


* 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? $40
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Research opportunities to save money on food and events you'd like to attend.


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

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  • Local Students
  • International Students
* 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?
  • Reflecting on life outside your country of residence offers a slew of new and imaginative life paths you wouldn't have considered without study abroad.
  • Observing natural landscapes to gain an appreciation for the complex history of earth's natural occurrences.
  • Exploring urban communities individually to enhance practical life skills.
* What could be improved?
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* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? Even if things aren't to your expectations initially, time will remedy most issues.

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.