The Education Abroad Network
Best summer of my life
Submitted by Lucy Witchell - University of Wisconsin - Madison | September 28, 2016
Deciding to do a summer internship in Australia was truly the best decision I've ever made. Being pre-med, it's really hard to study abroad since you can't take pre-reqs abroad, but this program was the perfect solution. My internship was doing research on cognitive deficits following concussion on the neuropsychiatry service through Hunter New England Health in Newcastle, and it was an absolutely amazing opportunity. I got the chance to experience clinical research first hand in an international setting, which was pretty huge. I also had the opportunity to travel around Australia and saw amazing places including The Great Barrier Reef, Byron Bay, the Great Ocean Road in Victoria, and the Whitsunday Islands, which was truly the most beautiful place I've ever been. I've made friendships with both Australians and Americans that will last a lifetime, which is an incredibly priceless reward of doing this program. This program has truly spiked my desire to keep traveling, as it has taught me that travel truly is the most important source of learning and self growth.
Program: TEAN: Australia Internship Program
Best four months of my life!
Submitted by Sarah - University of New Hampshire | September 25, 2016
Worthwhile is an understatement when describing my time abroad. Although it may sound cliche, I absolutely feel like I grew and changed as a person during my time abroad. I came back to the US more confident, cultured, and with a new outlook on life. Traveling through TEAN allowed me to make friends, see incredible sights, and make unforgettable memories. If I could do it all over again, I would choose TEAN every time.
TEAN Wollongong: the ultimate immersion experience
Submitted by Shannon B - Whittier College | September 24, 2016
TEAN allowed for such a smooth transition from my home university to the University of Wollongong. From the application process, to orientation, to my pre-semester excursion in Cairns, and finally to Wollongong I was able to just have fun while they helped out with the rest. The orientation was set up in such a way that I felt really immersed in the Australian culture from the very beginning which made making all of my Australian friends that much easier. During my stay in the Gong I lived at Weeroona College, which I would highly recommend when choosing a dorm. Everyone is so friendly and there are so many Australians that making friends with the locals is super easy. I still catch myself using their slang even 3 months after leaving. The TEAN local staff member in charge of Wollongong was also able to host a lot of exciting events throughout the semester. This allowed a chance to continually check-in with the program, and participate in incredible excursions such as surfing at Bondi Beach or catching a local Rugby game. I can honestly go on and on about how amazing my experience was in Australia, and I definitely have TEAN to thank for that!
Program: TEAN: University of Wollongong
Still have my "Adventure in Mind"
Submitted by Emily Folse - Villanova University | September 19, 2016
The University of Otago was a great place to spend a semester, and TEAN was the perfect program through which to do it. I was able to earn credits for my degree while taking classes with local students. The University of Otago has many resources that it encourages all students to use, and there is good support for international students. In fact, the large population of international students was one of my favorite things about the University!
The Education Abroad Network is an organized, helpful, and reputable study abroad provider. All my interactions with TEAN staff have been pleasant. TEAN staff is always willing and able to help! TEAN excursions are a good value for money and tons of fun. I consistently felt encouraged and looked after by my program.
Dunedin is an awesome spot to live. There is an abundance of shops and restaurants to enjoy, neat places to check out, and nature excursions to undertake. I also appreciated Dunedin's close proximity to other areas of New Zealand that I wanted to explore, such as Queenstown, Fiordland, and Mount Cook National Park.
My semester at the University of Otago pushed me to grow emotionally, mentally, and academically. With the support of TEAN, I fostered a better sense of independence and self. I learned to let go of the small things in order to learn the big things. I grew an even greater spirit of adventure, happily surrounded by other students and staff who understood and supported my journey.
Program: TEAN: Dunedin - University of Otago
The trip of a lifetime
Submitted by Kasie - Stonehill College | September 16, 2016
My abroad experience pushed me in more ways than I thought possible. It pushed me physically-whether through skydiving, bungee jumping, or canyoning, mentally- in class and in my attempts to plan trips and navigate a completely new country- and most significantly, emotionally. Having never previously left the country, studying abroad was a huge emotional change for me. Suddenly, I couldn’t just rely on my parents. This forced me to become more resourceful, self-sufficient, and most importantly, it taught me that I was in charge of how my study abroad experience would play out. Thankfully, I had TEAN to help guide, nudge, and catch me in cases I faltered or simply needed advice or direction. TEAN provided plenty of organized activities to introduce us into the community while still giving us enough space to explore the country how we wanted to! They were always available to help this new traveler get the most out of her experience whether through a phone call, email, or meet up with my location's TEAN advisor.
Program: TEAN: Dunedin - University of Otago