The Education Abroad Network (TEAN): Study in Gold Coast, Australia

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TEAN Full Ride Scholarship 2019

The TEAN Full Ride Scholarship is designed to give a stand-out student the opportunity to study abroad. The scholarship can be used for any Summer or Fall 2019 TEAN program and covers tuition, program fees, orientation and housing (up to $26,000 value).

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TEAN has partnered with Griffith University and Bond University to offer students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live and study abroad in Australia. Students can look forward to enjoying beautiful beaches, learning to surf, sunny weather, plenty of fresh seafood and authentic Australian hospitality. Participants also enjoy a wide array of courses (both universities offer comprehensive academic programs with Business Schools that are AACSB accredited) and amazing housing options, like premier housing right on the beach!

Included in the program is a 5-day Orientation Excursion in Cairns where students visit the Great Barrier Reef, organized cultural activities throughout the semester, and an optional Spring Break excursion to Thailand or New Zealand (how amazing does that sound?!).

Discover Australia with TEAN as your guide - check out the TEAN website for more info!

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based on 76 reviews
  • Academics 8.8
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.9
  • Housing 10
  • Safety 9.9
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Taylor
10/10

The best four months of my life!

Australia is hands down the best place I've ever been. I'll never forget waking up to sunshine everyday and always being happy. One of my favorite places to sit and think was my balcony. I got to look out over the lake and just sit and take in everything I was experiencing. There was never a dull moment. One weekend I went to Moreton Island, which was amazing. I kayaked in the ocean at night where I was able to see sea turtles swimming underneath me because the kayaks were transparent. There was also a dolphin like seven feet away from us! I went sand tobogganing, where I got a face full of sand, but hey it was well worth it. The sand in the face or the giant hill I had to walk up didn't stop me from going down the mountain one more time.
Going abroad was easily the best decision I've ever made and especially the program I went with. They were always there if we needed them and genuinely cared about making our experience the greatest possible. I can't wait until I can go back and explore the country for more than a semester.
I encourage everyone to go down under for a semester, you'll never be the same!!

How can this program be improved?
I honestly wouldn't change a thing. This program made my experience awesome.
Yes, I recommend
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Caitlin
10/10

Study Abroad at Bond University

I loved my study abroad experience and took part in the optional pre-orientation trip to Fiji and would highly recommend it to everyone! It was such an amazing experience and a great opportunity to meet everyone in the group before school started. We stayed a Botara resort, the only one on the island, and we were all sans phones, computers, and watches for a week. All these factors and the crossing the international timeline meant that by the end of the week not a single person knew what day of the week it was! It was a surreal feeling to have no clue what day it was. The Gold Coast was a great central location from which to discover and explore the Eastern Coast of Australia.

How can this program be improved?
The only thing I would change is the housing. The landlord never seemed very happy that we were there and at times was rude. Other than that it is hard to think of anything else to change.
Yes, I recommend
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Hadleigh
10/10

The Experience of a Lifetime

Overall my experience with TEAN was nothing short of amazing. I lived on the beach in a hotel with people who I now call my best friends. We took full advantage of our time in the Gold Coast and planned activities to do every day or participated in events provided for us by TEAN. My favorite excursion planned by TEAN was our orientation in Sydney. We had things to do planned for us every day to explore the city and we were given knowledge on how to adapt to Australian culture. This orientation gave us the opportunity to make close friends with people studying all around Australia, and numerous close friendships were established during this week.

How can this program be improved?
Honestly, nothing.
Yes, I recommend
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Sean
10/10

Study Abroad, Do it

Where to even begin? This was hands down the best 4 months of my life, best experience of my life. Basically just the best time of my life was from August 28th to December 20th of 2015. Everyday was something new, whether it was traveling somewhere, meeting someone, or even just trying a new food. Every day was a new experience and I loved that. I traveled all around this beautiful country and got to see some of the natural beauty this world has to offer. One of my favorite places was definitely Cairns. Cairns is really just a small town with a really beach vibe to it, so whats not to love. The thing that attracts people to Cairns though is that it is right on the great barrier reef. I got to go scuba diving on the great barrier reef which I think was my favorite thing I did while abroad. I had never been scuba diving before this, and going scuba diving on the great barrier reef for your first time is pretty unreal if you ask me. I cannot explain the feeling of exploring virtually a new world, it was absolutely incredible. The next day, I went skydiving, I jumped out of an airplane from 14 thousand feet in Australia!! I did all of this in one weekend by the way, these things I did over that weekend are things that some people go their whole lives without doing, and that was pretty much an average weekend for me there. So don't miss out, if you have the opportunity to study abroad, take advantage of that opportunity %100.

How can this program be improved?
Cannot think of one thing to make this program any better than it already was. Maybe if it was free
Yes, I recommend
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Adam
10/10

Life Changing Experience!

Some of my favorite memories from my time abroad were the morning sunrises that we had in every city that we went to. As we traveled across Australia, through New Zealand, and Fiji, we made sure that we watched a sunrise in every place. We forced ourselves to stay up all night long to see the sunrise but they were all filled with great times, company, and plenty of laughs along the way. They were great adventures that I will remember for the rest of my life.
Another memory I have is skydiving for the first time with a group from the program. We were all incredibly nervous before take-off but I remember once we saw the views of Cairns we forgot that we were about to jump. Naturally we all freaked out after the first person jumped however but once we all landed on the ground it was such a rush that we will never forget, and it was something we were glad to experience together.

How can this program be improved?
No way could this program be improved!
Yes, I recommend
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Kelsey
10/10

So much more than I imagined

I would give anything for the opportunity to relive my abroad experiences. The people I met, the food I tried, the places I've seen, and the friends I've made were some of the best parts of living overseas. When I look back to everything I did, I have no idea how I did it all. From skydiving 14,000 feet high over the Gold Coast of Australia, to being hugged by the trunk of an elephant in the villages of Bali, to swimming side by side with an actual sea turtle along the Great Barrier Reef, the amount of things I have crossed off my bucket list is amazing. TEAN provides the ability for you to explore yourself and the world while remaining a student. One of the favorite days was when me and my friends took a boat from the harbor of Whitsundays out to Whitehaven beach (the 8th best beach in the world for it's 98% silica sand). We were all in such awe from what was right before us that we jumped in the water taking pictures and splashing each other like we were 10 years old again, haha.

How can this program be improved?
I had so much fun abroad that it's hard to think of anything negative... If there was anything I struggled with it was definitely managing my own money. It would be nice if in the beginning there was some type of outline of how much students at your abroad university spent in the past on different daily expenses. That way they could include expenses on night life, shopping, and travel rather than just food and transportation.
Yes, I recommend
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Connor
10/10

Best Days of My Life

When I think of my time abroad there are tons of stories that immediately come flooding to my mind. From the beautiful places I've seen, the adventures stuff I've done, and the interesting people I met during my travels I could talk for days about how much I loved Australia. One of the more unique stories I have is that I went to an amusement park called Dream World, where I got to pet a full grown 800 pound tiger. I also learned about ongoing breeding efforts to help this endangered species out.

How can this program be improved?
I wish they gave us more budgeting tips or potentially set us up with part time jobs in the area.
Yes, I recommend
Michaela
10/10

Best Semester of my LIFE!

Most incredible experience of my life. I went into this abroad program not knowing a single soul jumping into a completely unknown experience and that's one of my favorite parts of my journey. At first, it was a little scary going up to a group of people at LAX airport that somewhat looked like they could be going abroad. But once, that first conversation was over, everything else was smooth sail and pure excitement. Met so many incredible, like-minded, adventurous people who were just as excited about their abroad time as me. Gained so much confidence in myself and my abilities to be independent. It feels like I came back to the states with a new pair of eyes! I see everything differently now, gaining perspectives I never imagined. One of my favorite stories to tell is the very first day of being abroad. I was absolutely exhausted after coming off of a 15 hour flight and we had orientation all day, still didn't know anyone. It was one of the craziest, most exciting days of my life. I was so high on excitement though that the exhaustion didn't even matter to me. Even though this first day was crazy, it was so special, because it was the beginning to an experience that changed my life forever. I remember that day more than most of the days. Overall, TEAN was incredible, they were extremely helpful throughout the entire semester, and orientation/excursions were some of my favorite memories of all time. If I could do it all over again I would.

How can this program be improved?
Although my housing was luxurious and beautiful, I wish I was housed with Australians as well. I think I would have made some closer relationships with locals if that was the case.
Yes, I recommend
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Aleks
10/10

Highlight of My Life

My time abroad at Bond Uni is still something I think about everyday. It was a life changing experience that I'm constantly wishing I could relive! Having the chance to travel to Sydney, Melbourne, Byron Bay, the Whitsunday Islands, and even Bali was surreal and a huge growing experience. I was nervous about going so far from home, but TEAN made the whole process run smoothly by helping me get my visa, register for classes, picking up and dropping off at the airport, and arranging housing. All the stress of traveling abroad was taken away because of TEAN. The whole staff was extremely helpful. I chose Bond because of the great location and the fact that they follow the same academic calendar as the U.S. I cannot say one negative thing about my semester abroad and would 100% recommend this program!

How can this program be improved?
I really cannot think of anything that TEAN could improve. They are constantly changing and adjusting their program to improve any problems from the previous year. Maybe one idea would be to organize more trips throughout the semester besides the trip to Fiji that is offered at the end, but most students liked to organize their own trips during times that worked for them.
Yes, I recommend
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Kendra
10/10

The Experience of a Lifetime

Studying abroad in Australia was one of the most terrifying decisions I ever made. I had never traveled outside of the country and I felt uneasy about being so far away from home for five months. TEAN held my hand every step of the way, from my application process to the second I stepped on the plane. Contact with TEAN was easily accessible and there was a constantly established line of communication so I never felt lost throughout the process. Once in Australia, I went to the Sydney orientation which was a great experience that helped me quickly become acclimated to my new surroundings. From then on, TEAN was always offering opportunities to indulge in the Aussie culture and to connect with TEAN staff on coffee breaks. TEAN also offers excursions for great prices; I went to Cairns and Thailand and had the time of my life. If you're looking for a program that is organized and effective at communicating, TEAN is the program for you.
As for the actual studying abroad portion, I made the decision terrified and left with a desire to travel the world as much as possible. I experienced a transformation in personal growth and came back a more confident individual. I fell in love with Australia, my second home, and I cannot wait to go back!

Yes, I recommend
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Mike
10/10

Best 4 Months of My Life- Bond University

People tell you that going abroad was the best decision that they have ever made. Going abroad WAS the best decision I have ever made. Every single day for four months, was the next best day of my life. The locals are incredibly friendly, and eagerly welcome you into your new home, The lifestyle is amazing, and the university will absolutely blow your mind away. You will never want to leave.

Yes, I recommend
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Maddy
10/10

Already want to go back!

One of my favorite days during my time abroad was when I explored the Gold Coast for the first time. I hopped on the city bus (public transportation is SO easy and convenient) and rode down to Currumbin beach. I spent the day talking to local Aussies in different beachside stores and cafes, laid on the beach and watched local surfers, and then I stopped at Burleigh Heads on the way home. I hiked up to the top of a cliff and watched the sunset over the Gold Coast skyline. This was such a simple day, yet so memorable. And the thing is, this ended up being a daily occurrence during my time abroad. I went to classes, I went downtown, I hung out by the pool at my apartment building, I socialized with new people, but everything about being abroad in the Gold Coast was simple and easy.

TEAN was absolutely wonderful throughout the entire process, from beginning to end, and made me feel excited and comfortable to be going on this amazing journey. Everyone in Australia is extremely laid back and it really opened my eyes about American culture and how rushed and fast-paced we always are. The cultural immersion I experienced while living in the Gold Coast was priceless and I cannot wait to go back someday.

How can this program be improved?
Almost everything about this program was fantastic. TEAN was extremely helpful in the application process, booking group flights, providing contacts over in Australia, and setting up cultural events. The only thing that I had difficulty with was registering for classes at Bond. It was a bit confusing and while TEAN did a great job of helping me along the way, the overall registration process could be improved.
Yes, I recommend
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Jordan
10/10

The Best Four Months Abroad

I could ramble on for pages and pages about all the amazing experiences I had while abroad! One of my favorite stories is meeting my Australian friend Scott. We shared all of our classes together and he told me all the fun and cool things I should be doing while in the Gold Coast. He really gave me a better idea of their culture and knew what things I should do beyond what most tourists are looking for. We still talk sometimes and I'm so thankful to have met him!

Yes, I recommend
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Jordan
10/10

The. Best. Semester. With. The. Best. Program. (TEAN!)

The Education Abroad Network did nothing short of making my time abroad the best it could possibly be. Within my time there they offered trips to Sydney, Cairns, Melbourne, Thailand, and New Zealand while I had the opportunity of living in the Gold Coast. They made it possible and easy to visit the places you wanted to see in your new country as well as help you get to know the new town we lived in. The housing they provided had easy access to the beach, transportation to nearby towns and uni, grocery stores, restaurants and bars, and anything else you could need! I learned so much about myself from studying abroad, it gave me chances to become independent and push my comfort zone to new levels. TEAN easily helped me accomplish all my goals of living in a new country and I would go back in a heartbeat. I highly recommend it to any student looking to study abroad!

Yes, I recommend
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Ryan
10/10

TEAN is the way to travel and learn!

Australia has always been on my bucket list since I first saw the movie Crocodile Dundee and it did not disappoint. When I arrived in Syndey on the orientation I fell in love with Australia. Greeted by the amazing and friendly staff of TEAN made it that much better. While we were in Sydney the TEAN staff created a treasure hunt all over the city of Sydney. After that one day, I knew Sydney like the back of my hand! Over the course of the semester, I got to experience so many places with such great people. I went to the Whitsunday Islands, a couple of beautiful rainforests, ST. Douglas and Bali. It is an experience I think that everyone should have a taste of if they can! If you want to study abroad explore traveling with TEAN!

How can this program be improved?
TEAN is awesome!
Yes, I recommend

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