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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  • Academics 8.8
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.9
  • Housing 10
  • Safety 9.9
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KristenSek
10/10

The experience of a lifetime

I was very nervous about leaving home, let alone my country, for 4 months. The Education Abroad Network was very sufficent at answering any questions I had and making me feel confident and less nervous about leaving home for so long.
Once I got to the Gold Coast, they still kept in very good contact with me and helped me to calm my nerves when I was nervous about something.

How can this program be improved?
Maybe offer more money for scholarships. This program was amazing, but pretty expensive. Students could use as much money as possible!
Yes, I recommend
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jcziegle
10/10

Awesome Experience. Zero Disappointment.

I am so glad that I decided to go through The Education Abroad Network (TEAN). I looked at a few other programs and this was the only one that fit me, but as soon as I committed I never looked back. TEAN helped me with everything before leaving for the trip. There were things that I never would have even thought of doing, but thanks to TEAN I was able to follow their checklist to get all set for Australia. I did the pre-semester trip which was totally worth it, but as soon as we got to Sydney the TEAN staff spent the next few days giving us an orientation. Normally I find orientations dry and boring, but TEAN incorporated awesome activities making orientation a ton of fun and it ended up being one of the highlights of my semester. When we finally got to the Gold Coast, the TEAN staff didn't just dump us. They frequently checked in and planned events for us. It was really nice to be able to know that someone was there for us for our entire trip. Not that going abroad is stressful, but having TEAN did take away any stress we would have had.

How can this program be improved?
There is only one thing I would change. During our orientation our day planned out to a T which was excellent, however there is so much to do and see in Sydney I thought it would have been nice to have a day to ourselves. There was an optional scavenger hunt the last day but I wanted to participate in that and I am glad I chose to do that.

That being said, it definitely didn't damper orientation or the program at all. I had absolutely zero disappointment with TEAN.
Yes, I recommend
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Kaylie
10/10

My Second Home

I searched many programs when I finally made the decision to study abroad and it is with the utmost conviction when I say that The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) is the best one out there. You are immediately aware of the superiority of this program when you are matched with a program advisor who is personable, knowledgeable and genuinely cares about your questions and concerns. And that doesn't stop once you leave the United States. TEAN provides you with an advisor in your selected study abroad city as well--making sure you are in safe hands at all times. Another aspect TEAN offers in Gold Coast, Australia is the option of living in a serviced-apartment hotel as your living arrangements! On-campus housing is of course offered as well. Studying abroad in Australia was the experience of a lifetime, so much so that I now consider it a second home. Between the weather, laid-back lifestyle and friendly natives, it was an easy transition with actually more culture shock when I returned back to the United States! Bond University houses many international students so you're also a part of an even wider culture experience. The Gold Coast is social and lively while mixing in beautiful beaches, breath-taking views and easy accessibility to other cities and attractions.

How can this program be improved?
I mean it when I say I wouldn't change a thing about TEAN. They have the process down to a science--and it shows in their successful ratings and reviews. This program forever changed my life.
Yes, I recommend
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Taylor
10/10

So Much Fun

When I decided to study in Australia I had no idea what exactly to expect. I mean it was half a world away. But after going this summer, I can say that I loved every minute I was there. Starting out in the Northern Territory, we were able to visit one of the most unique national parks in the world, Kakadu National park, see the famous Mindil beach markets, and swim in one of the coolest mountain tops pools in the world. From there I was able to travel to Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast, and Cairns. Each city was so different and exciting and offered a range of activities for everyone. Some of these activities included visiting Rod Laver Arena(where the Australian Open is played), the Olympic Stadium, the Great Barrier Reef, and Bungee Jumping! I would recommend this trip of a lifetime to anyone.

Yes, I recommend
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bmattie
10/10

There's Nothing Like Study Australia

Studying abroad was an unforgettable, adventurous odyssey that most people can only dream of. But TEAN made it possible and it was the most rewarding, incredible and FUN experience of my life. I wish every single day I could do it all over again. One semester wasn't enough for me, so I extended my stay and ended up doing a full academic year through TEAN at Bond University! I learned a multitude of things not only in the classes I took, bu mostly outside the classroom while traveling and just going about my daily routine and life there. I made a home for myself in Australia. I ate at all the local restaurants, listened to local artists/radio stations, learned how to surf, spoke their Aussie slang, celebrated Australian holidays, and explored some of the most beautiful places in the world. I really fell in love with their entire culture and I shared that love and passion for the country with the best people I've ever met, some Australians who I still keep in touch with and American students in my program as well who are now some of my best friends back here in the States. We talk all the time about our memories and how much we miss it abroad, but also plan the next time we're going to get to go back together in the near future! Till then, I'll reminisce with my overload of photos and video footage :)

How can this program be improved?
I kind of wished I had longer time at orientation in Sydney. It felt so rushed and shortlived. Everyone's so exhausted and jetlagged coming right off the long flight, that it would have been nice to have just a couple of days to wander, relax and explore on our own when not doing all the action-packed activities planned, program-lef tours and mandatory meetings. It was still an awesome introduction, but maybe 1 or 2 days more to spread out the itinerary so that all the students can really take in their first impression of the country as a whole.
Yes, I recommend
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todonnell
10/10

Study abroad with TEAN!

The TEAN orientation was nothing short of incredible! It was my first 5 days in Australia, and there was no better way to get adjusted and meet new people. Everyday we did something that I knew was a once in a lifetime experience. From climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge, to taking a dinner boat cruise past the Opera House, it was all so surreal. Seeing all the famous beaches in Sydney and spending nights exploring Sydney’s bustling streets and bars were only part of why I loved orientation so much. I met friends that I kept in touch with my entire time in Australia. When I think about my favorite moments of studying abroad, a lot of them happened during TEAN’s orientation. What an amazing way to start off my adventure! Once we arrived in the Gold Coast, there was so much to do on a day to day basis. On most days, my roommates and I would walk to the beach and meet some local friends we had made. There was tons of shopping and hiking opportunities all around us, and a very lively nightlife on the weekends. The commute to school was easy and so worth living on the beach. The only difficulties I encountered studying abroad with TEAN, were saying goodbye to the friends I had made, and leaving the new home I built for myself over a semester.

Yes, I recommend
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devoncassidy
10/10

Amazing Program!

The Education Abroad Network did an amazing job! I had such a fun trip and made memories that will last me a lifetime. They were always a phone call away and made sure that we made the most of our trip. The cultural excursions as well as the orientation in Sydney allowed me to get so much out of my time abroad! I would HIGHLY recommend going abroad with TEAN :)
Devon

Yes, I recommend
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Amanda
10/10

Unforgettable Experience at Bond University with TEAN!

From September to December I felt like I was living in paradise. I lived in the Meriton Apartments at Broadbeach which I would 100% recommend. Living just a block from the beach and surrounded by shops, restaurants, and nightlife, one may not think it could get any better. But it did. Having two pools and two hot tubs, a gym right downstairs, and a cleaning service every Saturday made the accommodations more than I could ever have asked for. And lets not forget about school, there was conveniently located public transportation right next to the Meriton that would take us to Bond Uni in about fifteen minutes.

The TEAN Orientation was jam packed with exciting things to do that allowed us to explore all around Sydney. Between climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge, seeing breathtaking views from the coastal walk to Bondi Beach, and landing at the Opera House at the end of the Amazing Race, I have memories that will never fade. My favorite part of Orientation was the Amazing Race. It forced us to get out of our comfort zone in a foreign place, talk to people, find our way around, use all different types of transportation we were not use to, bond as a team, and unfortunately, try Vegemite.

The TEAN staff was helpful from the start. From the moment I decided to study abroad, the TEAN number quickly landed on my speed dial. Once I was in Australia I was relieved that there were Resident Directors to guide us. They always had the answers to questions, were knowledgeable about the area, suggested great activities, and encouraged us to have the best experience possible.

My study abroad experience through TEAN bettered me as a friend, a traveler, a leader, and a student. I fully recommend every student to take advantage of the opportunities that lay right before their eyes.

Yes, I recommend
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JessieSmith
10/10

The Best Four Months of My Life.

I studied at Bond University in Gold Coast, Australia. I could not have had a better experience and I owe a lot of that to The Education Abroad Network.

We were housed in 'beach housing' which was a beautiful hotel just a block from the beach. This housing was also just a short bus trip away from Bond Uni. The location of this housing was perfect. We were walking distance from shopping, tons of restaurants, bars, night clubs, you name it!

We were also very close to bus stops, and these buses could take you all over the area and also to the airport and train station. We took bus trips to Byron Bay, Burleigh Heads, Currumbin, Brisbane, just to name a few! The tickets were very reasonably priced, too.

The TEAN staff was unbelievably helpful and made planning schedules and any other trips really easy. They planned a pre-semester trip to Fiji and this was a great chance to meet the rest of the students on the trip. It was also an amazing trip in general! Delicious food, beautiful beaches and hiking!

This program made it very easy to make a ton of new friends. I had three random roommates from all over the U.S. and they soon became my best friends. TEAN plans different activities during the semester, which is a good opportunity to check-in with staff and make sure things are going well.

All in all, I could not have had a better trip. TEAN was fantastic.

Yes, I recommend
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avanderlin
9/10

Gold Coast: When Can I Go Back?

One of the best decisions of my life thus far seems to be my study abroad experience in Gold Coast, Australia. I attended Griffith University and lived in off campus apartments that overlooked the beach and beautiful coast line.

Upon my return home, many asked what my favorite part about studying abroad and to be honest, I could not pick one thing that was my absolute favorite. I did so many things, saw so many places and met so many amazing people.

I decided to choose the Education Abroad Network to travel abroad with from the beginning. They seemed to have the most amount of activities and support for the best dollar value. Overall, yes the trip was expensive, but I wouldn't have changed any bit of it.

Our program started with a 5 day orientation to Sydney, Australia. Here we climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge, fed kangaroos and ate dinner aboard a cruise ship along the Sydney Harbour. We watched fireworks after dinner and soaked in the evening breeze.

Next, we were offered a trip to Cairns and of course, I decided to experience the trip. We flew from Sydney to Cairns for 5 more days of fun. We went white water rafting, bungee jumping and scuba dived along the Great Barrier Reef. I was only in Australia for less than two weeks and I had already seen one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world. I had no idea what was in store for the next 4.5 months.

We finally ended up in Gold Coast, Australia and moved into our on campus apartments. The bus ride to class about 30 minutes, but I enjoyed the time to myself to listen to the music or read while listening to locals talk about their everyday lives. I took 4 classes, all of which had over 50% of Australians in them. I had two group projects where I had to work with locals and got to know each of them personally. It was great to be welcomed into their Uni (what they call a University there).

My apartment was completely furnished, including kitchen ware and linens. It was two bedroom, two bath and I shared a room with one of my roommates. We lived around travelers from all over and sometimes locals. The living was absolutely 5 star.

While there, we travled as much as possible. We rented a car and road tripped to a place called Byron Bay and Nimbin. Then we planned a week trip to Melbourne and Alice Springs, where yet again we saw another Natural Wonder of the World, Uluru. Everything we saw and did was amazing.

There were plenty of things I could not experience simply because I ran out of time! I continually ask myself, when can I go back?

The Education Abroad Network was great through every experience abroad. They were never more than a phone call or text message away. One particular experience happened when I arrived in Sydney. My luggage was lost and I was on the verge of a nervous break down. My director took my paper work from the airport and took care of everything. I didn't have to sign one form, or talk to one representative. He had my luggage waiting for me at our hotel when it arrived in Australia. It was such a relief knowing he was there to help me during a time of high stress.

Overall, my experience was a chance of a lifetime and I wouldn't have changed a thing. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me! I love talking about my time abroad and if you go, you will too!

Yes, I recommend
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lchappell
10/10

Leslie Chappell's beach living experience with the Education Abroad Network

Alright well I do not even know were to start..I might cry writing this. This was an experience of a lifetime. I will never forget all the memories I made during my semester abroad.

First off, Bond University was so incredibly beautiful. The classes were extremely interesting and the professors were so friendly and nice. Living in the beach housing was a dream. It is about a 20 minute bus ride from Uni but a two minute walk from the beach. Everyone who worked at the Meriton were courteous and accommodating. It was a real treat. Broad Beach was such a nice town.

The Beach Hotel Bar directly next door to the Meriton had live music all the time, happy hour from 4-6. We would go to the beach all day then go there at 4 for an early pre game. Monday nights were low key, across the street at the casino was always an option. A few kids I knew won like $1500 so you never know. Tuesday nights were the nights to go to Bond. It'll be all Bond Uni kids so it was fun to meet everyone outside of class. CBD was the bar to be at. There's also a bar inside the casino called Prince Albert's thats a blast on tuesdays. There it was mostly locals which was fun to meet.

Wednesday Nights were another low key night. Usually we would just rest up for the weekend. Thursday Nights Bond had a ton of parties/ pub crawls the start at the bar on campus called Don's Tavern. If somethings going on there, definitely buy tickets and go. If there's nothing, clubs in surfers, or broad beach. Friday and Saturday night go to clubs in surfers (the drink, bedroom, beer garden, sin city, Melbas, Cocktail and dreams, shooters, ruby tramp. Or in broad beach thats literally a 1 minute walk from the meriton.. East night club was a blast for ladies night, and platinum night club was packed on Saturdays. There are usually Bond Uni events at platinum so there's not cover for students and free drinks. Sunday Surprisingly one of the biggest drinking days of the week. Go to Fish-O's in surfers during the day.. there are always a ton of DJs, the place is huge, and its right in the harbor which is really pretty.

By the way.. the Kebab stand below East is the most delicious thing I have ever eaten. I literally crave them all the time and had two a day way to many times. It was open late which is very convenient. Doner kebab with hot chile and garlic sauces is the way to go.

We went on a trip to the Whitsunday Islands (the sand is 99% silicon, and you sail throughout them. We went scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef! Finally, we went to New Zealand to Queenstown. It was only a $20 plane ticket to stop over so a group of us went. Definitely the greatest "vacation" inside a vacation i've ever been on. Queenstown is the coolest town I've ever been to... absolutely beautiful. Thats were we went bungy jumping, it was the second largest in the world called the Nevis Bungy. You can do so many things there. Queenstown is like an adrenaline junky town with people from all over the world coming in a out.. seriously from everywhere. People come and find jobs to work for like months at a time then travel somewhere else. Fergburger is open till like 5am and there are always lines, but the best burger I've ever had and I think it is voted best burger in the country! Definitely go to franz joseph or fox glacier and climb it. We got rained out but I know people who went were not disappointed.

Last but not least we went to Sydney for our orientation. Sydney is amazing. You stay in the World Tower on like the 86th floor which is the tallest building in Sydney. The apartments are like 1.3 million dollar places.. they are unbelievable. Don's miss any of the activities you do in Sydney.. like the zoo, tour, and absailing (repelling), and the dinner cruise on the Harbor Bridge. The good places to go are like bondi beach, manly beach, and Circular Quey. The Sydney Gestival was there when we were which is insane!! There were tons of stages, performances, DJs, everything for a whole night.

One of my favorite things I did was go to the Currumbin Rain Forest. It was a natural, open habitat for animals. I held a Koala and sat with kangaroos in the grass! Brisbane was also a cool city and close. The Robina rail was really cheap for students and you can use your transit bus pass. It only takes like an hour to the city or you can go directly to the airport.

Byron Bay was were Bond did a sky diving event. Once in a lifetime opportunity. Byron Bay is a pretty neat town it was a good day trip.

We also made it to Melbourne, it was colder there so a change of weather and an artsy city.

I'm sure this review was all over the place but I wrote what came to mind as I thought back on my experience.

Good luck mates,
Your Tour Guide Leslie

Yes, I recommend
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MarenC0789
10/10

Gold Coast Semester of a Lifetime

During my Junior year at Colorado State University, I was fortunate enough to take a break from the chilly January temperatures in Fort Collins, Colorado and venture halfway across the world to the Gold Coast of Queensland, Australia.

Shortly after the new year I took a long, but much awaited plane ride across the international date line to a whole different world. Through the Education Abroad Network I immediately bonded with other students in my program starting in the airport in San Fransisco. Once we arrived in Sydney for orientation the bonding and excitement had more than just began. Orientation in the beautiful city of Sydney included guided walking tours around the city, visiting an animal park with native Australian animals, a trip to the Blue Mountains, and a dinner cruise around Sydney Harbor including amazing views of the harbor bridge and opera house.

Although orientation was a great way to be welcomed into the country, I was excited to get to my housing accommodations on the Gold Coast. Upon arrival in Broadbeach I was introduced to the Meriton Hotel where I would be living for the next 4 months. It was better than I could have imagined: 2 blocks from the beach and living in a four star hotel that was completely furnished and boasted an amazing indoor/outdoor pool, full time front desk service, as well as a gym. Living in the Meriton required a 25 minute bus ride to the Bond University campus but was in close proximity to the beach, two shopping malls, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.

The Bond campus is absolutely breathtaking with beautiful planters, glorious fountains, and school facilities that would amaze anyone. The semester I spent at Bond was something I will never forget. From the school organized parties, to my warm and welcoming professors, as well as my Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday school schedule that made traveling during my semester abroad much easier.

I would recommend studying at Bond through The Education Abroad Network to anyone.

Yes, I recommend
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Casey
10/10

Griffith University-Gold Coast

Studying abroad through The Education Abroad Network was absolutely amazing. From the beginning, they were helpful and friendly. They were always there to answer the million questions I had prior to leaving. I went to Griffith University in the Gold Coast which was so much fun. I met some of the best people. TEAN provided me with great housing options. I stayed at the Meriton which was a beach housing option. It was a brand new apartment building just two blocks from the beach. There were pools, hot tubs, cleaning services, and fully furnished apartments with balconies over looking the ocean. The staff there was great. Even while in Australia, TEAN staff was there to assist us whenever we needed it. I highly recommend going through TEAN as well as to Griffith University.

Yes, I recommend
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steph
10/10

Once in a lifetime experience...

I would most definitely recommend this program to anyone. The Education Abroad Network set all of the students up in a 5 start hotel that overlooked the ocean. The town that we lived in was nothing but safe and was a 5 minute bus trip to surfers paradise. Griffith is amazing, nothing like any school in the US. The teachers are interesting and classes are fun. I can't stress this enough if you are going to Australia you need to go through TEAN. They made my trip unforgettable.

Yes, I recommend
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kmr317
10/10

Education Abroad Network- Bond University Gold Coast, Australia

My study abroad experience was so unique and memorable, and there are a variety of reasons why I believe it has changed my life. We lived in the Meriton Hotel located in the heart of Broadbeach where we were in walking distance of the nightlife, restaurants, shopping plazas, food stores, and the beach. Because the beach was only a block away, we were able to utilize the parks and jogging paths throughout our stay. Our location allowed us to become fully immersed in the culture, and make connections with the locals. The classes I took at Bond University corresponded nicely with my home university, and credit transfer was effortless because of the guidance we had before, during, and after our study abroad experience. One of my fondest memories of my study abroad experience was the travel opportunities I was able to take. As part of the Education Abroad Network's pre-semester trip to Fiji, I spent my first week of abroad on an island with 40 people I had never met before. To say this trip brought us closer together is a complete understatement. I met many of my lifelong friends on this trip, and was truly inspired by the natives of Fiji and their way of living. My trip to Thailand during the semester was also an eye-opening experience, as I became fully appreciative of the Thai culture, food, spirituality and way of life. We also were able to visit an orphanage while in Thailand, which changed my life and still has effects on me now that I am in my home country.

Studying abroad is not just about living in a different country for four months. It is about making lifelong friends and seeing the world, opening your eyes to so many situations and opportunities that you have never seen before. By studying abroad at Bond University through the Education Abroad Network, it has changed my life and career path. As a Health Policy and Administration major, I am now taking a serious look at other country's health care systems and am considering a career in the global health field. I strongly believe that studying abroad will provide you with an experience that has the power to change your life and give you meaning and purpose that you have never felt before.

Yes, I recommend

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