TEAN: Study Abroad in Sydney, Australia

Video and Photos

Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge at sunset
Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge at sunset
Holding a Koala Bear
Holding a Koala Bear
Skydiving 15,000 feet over the Great Barrier Reef
Skydiving 15,000 feet over the Great Barrier Reef
Koala
Koala
Byron Bay
Byron Bay
Sydney skyline from the harbour.
Sydney Opera House from a ferry!
Rugby Game at Sydney Olympic Park with TEAN students!

About

TEAN is proud to connect students with six partner universities in Sydney: The University of Sydney, Macquarie University, University of Technology Sydney, Notre Dame University, International College of Management Sydney and the University of New South Wales. Participants are guaranteed living arrangements in our premier apartments and, aside from comprehensive courses, can look forward to exploring the iconic beaches, beautiful weather, buzzing nightlife, and more in Australia's largest and oldest city.

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!

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).

Questions & Answers

Reviews

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based on 62 reviews
  • Academics 8.5
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.8
  • Housing 9.8
  • Safety 9.8
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Savannah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Semester of My Life

I couldn't be happier with my choices about studying abroad- both going to Australia and choosing to do it through The Education Abroad Network. TEAN made everything so easy for me and their staff is amazing. Any questions I had were immediately answered. I participated on the pre-semester trip to the Great Barrier Reef and the mid-semester trip to Thailand. I strongly encourage future students to go on them- they were two of the best trips of my life. I had the best 5 months I could have ever asked for and learned so much about Australian culture. I also traveled to New Zealand, Melbourne, and Byron Bay all of which were incredible. I couldn't have asked for a better location of housing (I was in Bondi Junction in the Meriton) because I was in between the beach and the city, close to school, and right above a train/bus station. It was truly a semester I will never forget and looking back I wouldn't change a thing.

What would you improve about this program?
Not really anything about the program but I wish I did more research about the different schools in Sydney before choosing UNSW.
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Jess
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best semester ever!

Lived in Coogee (highly reccomend!) And spent February - May 2008 at UNSW. Amazing expereince, the program was very supportive and I receomend dong the extra trips and breaks and it was great to meet other people throught the program, friends I still have for life!

What would you improve about this program?
I would have liekd more support in choosing classes and having the grades not transfer back to U.S. as the system is so differnet - I wish I had been advised to take more Australian specific classes
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rachel292
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best decision you'll ever make

At first I was very hesitant about going so far away for such a long time with people I didnt know. However, TEAN made the time leading up to leaving and my time in Australia so easy. Every time I had any sort of question regardless of how dumb it was, I was emailed back immediatley with an answer.

Once in Sydney, we found out just how amazing our apartments were. We lived in serviced apartment that were right over a huge bus and train station in Sydney as well as had access to a gym, pool and tennis court. Living here was amazing and made it easy to travel anywhere.

One of my favorite parts of TEAN was the planned trips they offer. I went on a pre-semester trip to the Great Barrier Reef as well as a spring break trip to Thailand. Not only were TEAN staff on these trips with us but they were fully planned so we didnt have to plan anything ourselves. Thailand especially gave me a chance to see tons of cities and islands that I never would have been able to do on my own.

TEAN is an amazing program and made my abroad experience amazing, I 100% recommend this!!

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mmosk
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Most Amazing 5 Months

There is nothing bad to say about The Education Abroad Network and studying abroad in Sydney, Australia. It was the most incredible 5 months of my life and I would not change a single second of it. Everything flowed smoothly thanks to the Education Abroad Network and I could not have done it without them. Thanks to them my experience abroad ran smoothly and whenever I needed help they were always available. There is NO other program to go through, they are the best!

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Laura
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An Amazing 5 Months

I could not have asked for a better semester in Australia. TEAN was well-organized and made choosing classes, finding housing, and planning excursions quick and easy.

The TEAN staff is great. They are helpful and responsive to any questions or concerns. The TEAN Resident Directors hold a few coffee breaks throughout the semester where students can go chat with the Resident Director and other students. I enjoyed these meetings because we were able to get to know the TEAN staff and hear many of their interesting stories.

The organized TEAN excursions were the highlights of my semester. I was lucky to be able to go on both the pre semester trip to Cairns and the spring break trip to Thailand. I had an unbelievable experience on both of these trips because they were jam packed with awesome activities and created opportunities for program students to get to know each other. TEAN did an amazing job of planning activities that were interesting to students. Between Cairns and Thailand, some of my favorite activities were snorkeling, scuba diving, bungy jumping, white water rafting, hiking, riding elephants, and hugging tigers- not to mention exploring the culture of different cities.

What would you improve about this program?
Although this program is expensive, after being in Sydney for the semester and participating in many TEAN organized events and excursions, I know that this programs is a great value.
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JulieG
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Stepping out of the city and into the mountains...

Looking back at the 4.5 months that I was abroad, I could actually pin point the time period that I really started to transform and grow. It was after a 10 day trip up to Cairns, I started hiking every weekend, and adapted to a healthy life style. I was more energetic, constantly going to new places and seeing new things, and growing as a person. I became very independent, and truly enjoyed the changes that happened within me. Now upon my return to the states, I really feel that I've taken everything that I learned from abroad and adapted it to my current lifestyle in some way.
A little about my living situation- my flat was located across the road from Central Station, which was central to EVERYTHING! I was able to get around, and go absolutely anywhere that I wanted to. Westfield shopping center, suburbs, blue mountains... check, check, check!

What would you improve about this program?
No program problems for me, but I should have done more research on Sydney before my travels. Sydney is one of the most expensive cities in the world. I didn't know that. Took some time, but I learned how to budget. Also, it rains in the winter. I didn't enjoy this too much. Both of these things added to the experience though, so I really can't complain!
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swk5252
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An Incredible Semester

From the very beginning of the abroad process, TEAN was always available to respond to any emails I sent at any time. I knew that they were going to be a very reliable and dedicated program, even before I went abroad. I was able to gain an experience unlike any other. I have never lived so far away from home, and I found that there were so many other people doing what I did. I made such strong friendships, and experienced things I never thought I would do (like skydiving!!!!). I traveled to Thailand, New Zealand, Fiji, and other cities in Australia, and each place had something special about it. I would 110% do it all over again and I think it was more than worthwhile. TEAN helped make my experience what it was, and I wouldn't have changed anything about it. Australia is an INCREDIBLE country and I would love to go back there someday soon.

What would you improve about this program?
The cost. It may be surprising at first, but TEAN offers so much more than many other programs. The housing is incredible, and they are also always there to help. In the end, I think it was definitely worth the money, and I wouldn't have picked any other program.
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Katrina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Education Abroad Network: A Semester in Sydney

My semester in Sydney was, simply put, amazing. Going to an Australian school allowed me to really immerse myself in the culture and make friends with the locals. Some of my closest friends are the people I met there as well as the other study abroad students who lived with me. My living situation was absolutely perfect. I lived across the street from a Westfield shopping center, plenty of restaurants, grocery stores, and the beach and city were a 10 minute bus or train ride away. The staff and resident directors of TEAN made easing into my new lifestyle very comfortable. Orientation week we did so many activities that I would have not been able to plan out and afford on my own. Academically, the program helped me to have all of my classes set up, and the staff at my university were very helpful and welcoming to all abroad students. Overall, I feel that my abroad experience was culturally enriching and I got to see and experience things that I never thought I could.

What would you improve about this program?
The only thing I would change is that class selection and transfer of credits were made a bit clearer in the process.
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Joe
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best 4 months of my life!

Thanks to TEAN, I had an absolutely amazing study abroad experience! I lived in an apartment inCoogee Beach, which is a suburb of Sydney. Coogee is a really cool town and has some nice bars and restaurants. It was a quick walk/bus ride to UNSW and a short bus ride into the city. It was an ideal location.

One of the things I like best about TEAN is the orientation. What better way to get acclimated to a new environment than to go on a scavenger hunt, try new foods, scale the harbor bridge, and cruise through the harbor? It was a great way to get to know the city (including the transportation systems) as well as the other people in the program. Not many other programs provide this opportunity.

The TEAN staff also made studying abroad that much better. From the moment I began planning my trip, TEAN staff helped me acquire course syllabi and figure out my financial situation. Once I was actually in Australia, TEAN staff members were excited to teach and orient me, and were happy to provide advice and assistance throughout the entire semester.

What would you improve about this program?
To be honest, TEAN is pretty expensive. A direct exchange would be a much cheaper option; however, TEAN includes a lot of awesome activities and support that you would miss out on. As expensive as it is, you certainly get your money's worth with TEAN.
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kygoldhoff
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEAN absolutely made my Australia experience!!

My experience in Sydney in the Spring of 2012 would not have been the same if I had not gone through TEAN. We lived in the Tiffany Tower in Bondi Junction which was convenient to everything in Sydney because we lived right above the Junction bus & train station and right next to the huge Westfield that would have everything you could ever need. We were a short bus ride from the amazing Bondi Beach which was so great and only about 20 minutes from UNSW campus. I have never felt as safe in an area I have lived in. I absolutely loved the nightlife and took full advantage of it. The best part of my experience was traveling and TEAN made that so easy. I went on their organized trips to Cairns as a pre-trip and Thailand for spring break. From Thailand I extended for 5 days to go to Hong Kong. During study break I went on a Contiki tour to New Zealand and after exams were over I met my family in Japan for two weeks. These were by far the best 5 months of my life and I can't thank TEAN enough for making that possible.

What would you improve about this program?
If there was one thing I could change would be that tuition wasn't so inflated by the program. THe full program is very expensive but overall I believe you are getting a lot of your money.
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carlyaa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience of my life!

I had the most amazing experience studying abroad with TEAN. They prepare you so much before you leave and are also amazing resources while in Sydney. The housing is beautiful and the TEAN trips- both the orientation pre-trip and the spring break trip to Thailand- were things that I will never forget. I highly recommend TEAN!

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ljones
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life-Changing

I had the most unbelievable time in Sydney, Australia and a lot of that had to do with TEAN. They set everything up right from the beginning so that you're never stressed or confused. Starting with pre-trip jitters they answer every question you may have, make sure everything is done quickly and efficiently, and they create bonds with their students to make sure they feel comfortable and that they have the best experience possible. As soon as you get off the plane the staff is waiting to take you to a five star hotel where you have an unforgettable orientation for the next 4 days. You do so many incredible things in the first few days that you forget about missing family and friends, there is hardly any jet lag, and it is just a glimpse of what the rest of your semester will be like. Everything from housing arrangements to customer service is top notch with TEAN and there is no better study abroad program than them.

You could live in a hotel for five months with the most breathtaking views of all of downtown Sydney including the entire Harbor, what could be better than that? I've experienced it and I'm telling you there isn't anything better. It has changed my whole perspective on life, you will come home a more experienced, well-rounded person who appreciates what life has to offer.

What would you improve about this program?
I love the way TEAN runs everything, they're so organized and helpful. They don't have to change a thing in my book but they truly listen to their students feedback and find ways to make your experience even better than originally planned.
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asolli
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Best Five Months You'll Ever Have

Studying abroad through TEAN was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The TEAN Orientation was an experience in itself and was perfect for getting us familiar with Sydney. I lived in Bondi Junction and could look out my kitchen window and see the Opera House and the Sydney Harbor Bridge. It doesn't get much better than that! The TEAN staff was always available if we needed anything or had any questions. TEAN also organizes pre-semester and mid-semester trips which were both amazing! I went on the Cairns pre-semester trip and the Thailand mid-semester trip. Studying abroad is an experience you can't turn down and I would do it again through TEAN in a heart beat.

What would you improve about this program?
No complaints!
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kclark15
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Study Abroad Experience Ever.

This program was amazing. They provided beautiful housing and help make the transition to living in a new country really easy and stress free. They have program directors in the country with you for easy access if you have any questions or concerns they are always glad to help. My study abroad experience was the best time of my life and I would not give it up for anything.

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mkep2012
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Trip of a Lifetime with TEAN!!

This program is an opportunity that you can not afford to pass up! The Education Abroad Network takes care of you from the moment you enter the country till the moment you leave. School was a little intimidating for me because I had heard that it was drastically different than American teaching and sure enough it was. But what really helped was that before school started, you attended an orientation with other people that were going to that same school from TEAN. They showed you what classes you were signed up for, how to change them, the major buildings on campus and where the study abroad office was. It was really helpful since I had to change my schedule and I could only do it in person. I went to the University of Sydney which has 50,000 people. I chose that school because my home university has 52,000 people and I wanted to feel like I was at home! It was a great experience and I met many Australians in my classes because of group projects and homework assignments and I still talk to a couple of them!! It was so comforting to know that Study Australia had everything set up for you including housing, orientation, and academics. Although they had them set up for you, you had the power throughout the semester to do anything you wanted!! I traveled to Cains and Byron Bay on the pre-semester trip and to Melbourne on a weekend trip with my roommates. I also went to New Zealand during spring break!! I can honestly say that you will never want to leave this beautiful country!! This is a trip of a lifetime and I am forever grateful to Study Australia for making it a trip that was worry free and one that I will never forget!!