This interning experience was a once in a lifetime opportunity. September 01, 2018

By (University of Florida) - abroad from 05/14/2018 to 07/14/2018 with

The Education Abroad Network (TEAN): Australia Internship Program

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I learned how to live in a place far away from my comfort zone, all while having a schedule that I had to stick to in order to meet internship requirements. It taught me time management, workplace skills and so much more. The experience was definitely worthwhile and I have memories from Australia that will last a lifetime.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 2 weeks - 1 month

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I learned so much more from my interning experience than I could have ever expected! The opportunities that TEAN gave me were truly excellent.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The orientation in Cairns was spectacular, and while in Perth the program ran very smoothly.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

The apartment that we stayed in was very nice and in a great location.

* Food:

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

Through the internship, I was thrown into the local Australian culture and I felt very integrated by the time I left.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

* Safety:

There was never a moment in Perth that I felt unsafe. The city was well lit at night and I never felt unsecure.

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

TEAN had a great program set-up, encouraging travel while also keeping a focus on working hard and getting the most out of the internship as possible.

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)

Although Australia as a whole seemed a bit more expensive than the US, through having access to a kitchen in the apartment I was able to save a lot of money by cooking most meals for myself.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? About 100-150 USD
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Be willing to spend money on experiences, however whenever there is a possibility to meal prep and eat in, take advantage of it.

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Apartment
* Who did you live with?

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  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • Other
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with? 10+

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • Well organized
  • Provided great cultural experiences
  • Aided in me becoming self-sufficient
* What could be improved?
  • None
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I now know how much I enjoy travelling and wish I could have somehow packed in more time in Australia.

Reasons For Studying Abroad

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The Nearly Native or Trail Blazer
Craving the most authentic experience possible, perhaps you lived with a host family or really got in good with the locals. You may have felt confined by your program requirements and group excursions. Instead, you'd have preferred to plan your own trips, even skipping class to conduct your own 'field work.'