The best experience of my life! October 13, 2020

By (Quinnipiac University) - abroad from 02/10/2020 to 03/18/2020 with

The Education Abroad Network (TEAN): Sydney - University of New South Wales

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
I matured so much from going abroad. I would do it again in a heartbeat. All of my home friends noticed such a difference in me when I returned home, and I have gained so much respect for other cultures and how they operate.

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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.

Classes are a lot different in Australia then they are in the US. They require a lot more attention but I got so much more out of them!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

everything runs so smoothly!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

My living arrangements were nice and perfect for what I needed

* Food:

The food is AMAZING!!!!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

I felt super integrated with the local culture

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

amazing!! the doctor was so nice, addressed all concerns and super quick!

* Safety:

i felt super safe all the time!

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

Studying abroad was far and away the best experience I ever had. I was a bit nervous going in and not knowing anyone but once I got to orientation I made some of my best, and forever friends. Studying abroad made me go outside of my comfort zone and do things I never would have ordinarily done. The programs organized through TEAN taught me so much about the culture and really bonded me with the other students on the program as well. Learning to take control of my finances, my health, grocery shopping and my studies really overwhelmed me at first, but by the end of abroad I can confidently say I learned all of that and so much more. Immersing myself in the culture and becoming friends with locals really showed me a different side of Sydney that I would not have otherwise seen. I loved being abroad so much that I transferred to study full time at UNSW, and I owe that all to TEAN!

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? 150

Language

* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes

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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  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
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?
  • Friends
  • Fun
  • Food!
* What could be improved?
  • nothing at all!
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I wish I knew how comfortable I would have been the second I walked in and was greeted by everyone.

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.