No words can describe my amazing study abroad experience in Australia! Past Review

By (Delaware Valley College) - abroad from 06/20/2013 to 07/26/2013 with

The Education Abroad Network (TEAN): Traveling - Australian Environment, Wildlife and Conservation

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was more than worth it! I gained more in 5 weeks then I have throughout my whole life of schooling. Not only did I learn about wildlife and culture, but I gained a better perspective about life and taking things one day at a time. Life is full of endless possibilities, but if you put your mind to it, you will achieve them. That is exactly what I did by studying abroad in Australia. And I never expected to meet so many new people, whom I would consider life-long friends. No matter the cost, flight, or country... get out there and study abroad! You will NOT regret it!

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Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? None

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

I believe our group learned and saw more in 5 weeks than most people have their whole life living in Australia. Not only did we learn from short classroom lectures, but we applied this knowledge hands on by hiking trails and mountains, camping, and field studies. This made the educational experience more interesting and unforgettable. During the 5 weeks we had to write in field notebooks, do specific activities, write a research compare/contrast paper, create a group presentation, and take a final exam. The work load was not too much and used everything that was taught. The professors Rosalie, Brad, and Geoff topped off the educational experience by being brilliant teachers, very knowledgeable of each topic, very entertaining, and could answer almost every question possible. Unlike your typical semester class, this was not one you would fall asleep too!

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

The program administration made the process to prepare for studying abroad much smoother and very easy going. I have never traveled internationally before and I was doing this all on my own. With their help I was never stressed or worried about payments, flights, and what to pack. I would specially like to give thanks to Rachel Dorsey, whom had guided me since my freshman year through the process to study abroad.

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

We stayed in about 6 places in 5 weeks and they were all fairly comfortable, even when camping. My favorite were definitely the hostels because you got to meet more of the locals and personally know the people in your group, since you had to live with multiple people in one room. I have never been in a hostel before, but they are much more entertaining and chill then a hotel. Overall, the location of each place we stayed was great! No matter what, you could find somewhere to go or something to do in the area, even if you had to take a bus.

* Food:

Food was amazing! Although not every meal was provided, it gave you the experience of cultural food and allowed you to try new things. When camping, they cooked us fresh kangaroo and barramundi. I wish I could find them in the states, because they were absolutely delicious! All meals that were provided or cooked for us were very fresh, fairly healthy, and accommodated to anyone's specific needs (vegetarian, gluten free, etc.).

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

The locals were very chill and didn't mind helping you when lost or to take a picture. We didn't really talk to them much, but when we did, they all knew Americans were in town. It was interesting to learn if they had ever been to the States and what they think about Americans. It was also funny when going into a restaurant or bar and asking for ketchup or a pitcher, when they call is tomato sauce and a jug. They had no idea what we were talking about, so you have to get used to their lingo.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I had only gotten sick once and bought medicine from the local drug store, which cleared my cold. Other then that, I had no real healthcare problem, but those that did got taken care of immediately by staff and a doctor.

* Safety:

Just make sure you always look right-left-right when crossing the street! It was hard to get used to at first, but sometimes your main concern can be crossing the road and not getting close to a car. Australia rarely has crime, so as long as you walk around with one other person at night, your fine.

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)

Spent way more then expected! I think one of the main expenses are the excursions you choose. Half of my money spent went to the wine tour, GBR scuba and snorkel, and bungy jumping.

Not including program expenses, about how much money did you spend on food and other expenses each week? about $150
Do you have any general money-saving tips for future study abroad participants? Don't spend a lot on alcohol or going out! Seriously, the less you go out, the less money you'll spend. I know its hard not too, but do so sparingly. That means eating out as well; don't spend money on a meal that is already provided. In the States, I use an app called Groupon, which can also be used in Australia. So definitely look into that as well!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? No

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
  • Other
  • Hotel
  • Hostel
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
* Who did you take classes with?

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  • 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?
  • Every place we traveled was different. From the climate, people, and location, there was always something unique about each state/city that stood out from the others.
  • The teachers, Rosalie, Brad, and Geoff are not your ordinary school teachers. Not only did they teach each topic full of knowledge, but they loved to have fun too. I wish I had them all year round.
  • Wildlife Group! If I had done this at a different time, it would not be the same. The people in my group were amazing and we all got along in every situation. I miss them already!
* What could be improved?
  • Traveling to central Australia, since it was the only region we learned about and didn't visit.
  • Making Orientation the day after arrival and more exciting.
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? To bring a bigger suitcase and save up more!