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The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) is a full-service international education provider specializing in immersive study and internship programs throughout Asia Pacific. Creating close partnerships the best universities in Australia, New Zealand and across Asia over the past two decades has allowed TEAN to become experts at delivering unique programs in the region. Dedicated and experienced staff provide unparalleled individual service every step of the way and thrive on giving students personal attention, program preparation and quick answers to all their questions. TEAN's online applications, extensive pre-departure consultations, in-country orientations, on-site Resident Directors, included cultural excursions, and high quality accommodations make for the ultimate experience abroad. Check out one of the awesome programs below and visit TEAN's website to make your study abroad dream a reality!

Website
teanabroad.org
Founded
1995
Headquarters

505 N LaSalle St
Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60654-7103
United States

TEAN Full Ride Scholarship

The TEAN Full Ride Scholarship is designed to give a stand-out student the opportunity to study abroad. It's an annual scholarship that can be used for any TEAN program and covers tuition, program fees and orientation (up to $15,000 value).

Reviews

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Katherine
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I picked my program because 1. Thailand is beautiful, 2. I could fulfill my gen ed requirements easily, 3. because it was cheap. I was hoping to adventure hard for 6 months, because without "studying," I would only be allowed in Thailand for 30 days on my passport.

I was not expecting to learn about the world in so many ways. On the first day of our orientation, we learned about how to be ethical tourists, and how to react to things that surprise us. We went to a cafe that supports Shan refugees, and heard one girl's personal story. We went to an ethical elephant park and learned about the abuse many elephants go to. In class and on field trips, we learned about the complications of US intervention.

I received the adventure I was looking for, and unexpectedly learned so much about the the world.

What would you improve about this program?
Although we did have time designated to meeting local people, and had the option to live with a Thai person, I think it would be beneficial for the program if they facilitated more time getting to know local students.
Kendall
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying abroad with TEAN at Victoria University of Wellington has by far been the best decision I have ever made. The staff were extremely supported all the way through with occasional meetups with fun events. What truly made the experience was the bonds I made with my other TEAN and study abroad students. Everyone was up for anything and were just genuine good people who were looking to explore New Zealand. Wellington was perfect because you could be within the city or up in the hills or taking the ferry down to the South Island. Always something to do along Cuba Street, Courtenay Place, or just within the University Hall community. Each of the houses vary by design, but add to the charm of Wellington. The city is so unique with tons of hidden gems to stumble upon. Wellington has a special place in my heart.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I were to do study abroad in Wellington over again, I would have taken more pictures of the everyday sort of experience. I have loads of pictures from my weekend trips, but enough of the late nights of sitting around in our flats playing card games. My favorite memories our unpictured, but I guess that makes it that much sweeter.
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Sophia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I absolutely loved going abroad with TEAN. They were available every step of the way to make sure I got all the information I needed and more! They helped me choose a program, pick housing, enroll in classes, and helped with any documentation I needed for the country and school. TEAN allowed me to make friends before starting class, making the transition easier. I could see some of these friends becoming life long friends. With TEAN I was also able to make Australian friends that I still stay in touch with, which was an amazing gift studying aborad. My favorite part of the experience was I was a minute from the beach. I could go to the beach every day without any effort. I was truly living the dream. I am so happy with my experience with TEAN and anyone thinking about going abroad should choose TEAN.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I could go back I would save up more money so I could travel more. There are amazing places to see on that side of the world.
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Brian
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My time spent studying abroad in New Zealand was truly phenomenal. Being based in Dunedin was excellent for a variety of reasons. The city itself is a very comfortable size. There are always things to do, but I never felt overwhelmed by any sort of extreme hustle-and-bustle. It is located in a perfect location, only a few hours' drive from some of the South Island's most beautiful sights. I was able to take weekend trips to Mt. Aspiring National Park, Fiordland National Park, The Lakes District, Abel Tasman National Park and many more incredible places. TEAN effortlessly made an arduous preparatory process seem quite simple. They provided useful tips and effectively kept me on task during my prior semester to meet all of my required deadlines. I would absolutely recommend entrusting TEAN with ensuring that you have the best semester of your life in a brand new place.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
While in Thailand with TEAN, I ate a roasted grub.
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Sara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My time in Chiang Mai is difficult to summarize in a short blurb, however, I will try my best. Chiang Mai is a beautiful city full of culture and life around every corner. I feel extremely lucky to have been able to call it home, even if for just a few months. I learned so much about the world and my own country by going abroad, both in the classroom and out. I took some of my favorite classes while abroad and was even able to take field trips to the places we talked about in class. Additionally, I was lucky enough to be able to travel throughout Thailand and Southeast Asia, which I am extremely grateful for. All in all, I will never forget my time in Chiang Mai and think everyone deserves such a life-changing experience. Thank you Chiang Mai!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
While staying at the homestay experience in the first few weeks, my host mom would make me a lot of delicious food, however, I oftentimes had no idea what I was eating. One of my favorite dishes was definitely the whole fish she prepared in a broth. It was something totally different from what I was used to but I absolutely loved it!

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Nicole Foster

She is a junior at Florida Gulf Coast University that has always loved traveling and always wanted to leave North America. She chose Australia based on the so called "laid back" culture and never once regretted her decision.

Why did you choose this program?

After searching for hours for the perfect program for me, I found this program. It allowed me to travel throughout Australia and see multiple cities while also teaching me about the various aspects of Australia's healthcare system. It was so much fun to travel the East coast and to take part in parts of their healthcare system such as touring the Royal Flying Doctors and the Aboriginal Unit of St Vincents Hospital.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

TEAN assisted us with flights and travel inside of Australia as well as some of our meals and other various activities in each city. Some of these activities included Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, a tour of the Sydney Opera House, and a Sydney Harbor dinner cruise. We had to organize many more activities on our own, such as holding koalas at the sanctuary, various days of shopping, and going to the beach in our free time.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

I would highly recommend doing your research on food and restaurants. It can quickly knock your budget out of the park if you are not careful. I found it easy and cheap to find places with deals for some of my meals so that I could have leftovers and it was still cheaper. An example would be a pizza place with 2 for 1 pizzas. I ate pizza for 4 days straight, but I had extra money to go to Bondi Beach and shopping.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

An average day consisted of waking up for lectures from 9-12. Then we usually had a site visit in the afternoon somewhere like the Royal Flying Doctors or the Byron Bay Health Lodge.

After the site visits, we generally had the rest of the afternoon/evening to ourselves with the exception of a few group dinners. We usually had 4-5 lectures per week and we had an entire free day in each city.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear about studying abroad was making friends with the people in my group and what they would be interested in doing while abroad. I was nervous that I would be the only one who didn't want to go out and party every night. I overcame this fear simply by meeting the people on my trip - they were AMAZING. They may have gone out a few times, but my view of the nightlife situation changed. I was excited to have some free time to myself.

Why should I study abroad in Australia?

I chose Australia because I didn't have to learn a new language and I had always heard about how relaxing and chill Australia is. I was happily surprised when we got to Byron Bay, a town I describe as a laid back surf town. I loved Byron Bay and each city that came after it.

Australians have a more relaxed viewpoint on life and that meshes so well with who I am.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Alice Cooksey

Job Title
Internship Program Manager

Alice is based in Sydney and manages the TEAN Internship programs in Australia, New Zealand and Asia. She is originally from the UK and loves to travel. She has covered the majority of Europe, America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand in her travels.

What is your favorite travel memory?

I am very fortunate to have traveled to over 30 countries so far, but one of my favorite travel memories was two months of travel across New Zealand with my mum during a school break. There is probably no point arguing with me on the note that New Zealand simply is the most beautiful country in the world.

We traveled both the North and South Island during the New Zealand Winter and it was absolutely freezing but this automatically made it even more beautiful because of all the stunning scenery being lit up with snow and twinkly lights in all the streets in the evenings.

As much as I love to travel, and as much as I would love to go back tomorrow, there is still lots of magic in a home that we can treasure every day. Yet saying that, I often visit New Zealand and get to enjoy its beauty on a regular basis and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. The mountains of middle earth are particularly stunning and I would encourage anyone to hop on a plane and go and explore this beautiful country full of beautiful people and culture.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have grown substantially since working for TEAN, both personally and in my career. I started out at TEAN managing both the Australia & New Zealand Internship Program and am now managing the Internship Programs across Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kyoto, Shanghai & Bangkok.

My TEAN journey has developed quickly yet I am continuing to love and grow my role within this organization more and more every day. Personally, I have changed in terms of some of the approaches I have adopted due to TEAN’s sustainable ethos – for example, I no longer use plastic bags at the grocery store and am taking more and more steps each day to contribute to helping save our planet.

I have also developed even more of a bucket list of travel locations, which is almost impossible not to do when you work in this industry.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Just recently, one of my return students shared the extremely exciting news with me that he had been accepted into the internship program for the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in the United States!

The work that he completed during his TEAN internship in Australia allowed him to be published in multiple national media platforms and I am so excited that his experiences in Australia are now able to take him to such exciting places to now learn from the best of the best in the United States.

Films from Sundance include Boyhood, Donnie Darko, Saw, Little Miss Sunshine, Napoleon Dynamite, The Blair Witch Project, and more. I couldn’t be more proud and delighted for him that his experience in Australia has got him to this place in his career and I can’t wait to see some of the films that he will be responsible for in years to come.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

If I could go on any program that TEAN offers I would go to Massey University in Wellington to study Visual Arts & Design. I fell in love with Wellington and its atmosphere earlier this year and it felt like home to me.

For anyone who is artistic, there is so much inspiration in every street that it’s not surprising some of the world’s most famous cinematography, film crews, fashion designers, and costumers have stemmed from this location.

Having been fortunate enough to work closely with Massey University throughout my career, I have seen the outstanding facilities that they have on offer for their students. If I could turn back the clock, I would have told myself to study abroad in this location.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

TEAN is like a family to me. TEAN is unique in its approach to so many different things such as its sustainable ethos and choosing the earth to the unique student approach. Being a part of the TEAN family has encouraged me to make lifestyle changes to ensure we are taking care of this planet and it’s wonderful to know that everyone shares these same values.

Everyone in the organization is so passionate about what they do that we achieve some incredible & innovative results for our students. I love that our students are a name and not a number at TEAN and that we can get to know them on a personal level and establish what they want to achieve from their time studying or interning abroad from the outset.

My team is consistently making me proud and on a daily basis are accepting new challenges and striving towards having the best possible opportunities available for our students.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I believe that the biggest factor in being a successful company is in the staff that are a part of that company. When your employer invests in your development and your growth as an employee, it speaks volumes and allows staff to excel. Peer support is essential to growth and success of a company and opportunities for staff to explore your creativity as well as your skillset to complete tasks can be very inspiring and can lead to new and exciting developments.

This is one of the main reasons I find internships to be of such value to our students as well – by being able to grow with a company, you contribute to their success and learn a lot along that journey as well as taking away essential strategies for your future career.

I also think that company success stems from staff success which can be seen through passion and dedication to a role whilst having & developing expertise in the work that you are doing.

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