The Education Abroad Network
With students from more than 85 countries Massey University offers a diverse learning environment and has a history of encouraging internationalism through its many programs....
Victoria University WLG and The Education Abroad Network
Submitted by Shannon - Emmanuel College | October 26, 2016
Studying abroad in New Zealand was always a dream of mine when I was in High School. The education abroad network (TEAN) proved to not only be the best program for me as an international studies major, but as a young traveler eager to see the country. TEAN has in an in country staff that is very helpful and guides you through helpful orientations along the way. I was able to experience real New Zealand culture through many different events planned by TEAN as well as travel outside of the program. I felt safe, supported, and happy because of the help of this program. VIC University is a phenomenal school with a gorgeous campus that over looks the greater Wellington area. I found the courses to be engaging and thoroughly interesting. Wellington itself is my favorite place in the world, seriously. I would go back and do it again in a heart beat if I could!
Thanks to TEAN for the best summer of my life!
Submitted by Monea Kerr - Western Washington University | October 13, 2016
I absolutely loved my time studying in Thailand with TEAN! I had no clue what to expect when it came to the culture that I would be immersed in, although I was ready to dive right in. TEAN was the perfect program for this because I had the opportunity to live with a Thai roommate, who I learned a lot about Thai culture and society from. The class I took had a balance between material learned in a typical class setting and also included excursions that take place outside of class. I feel as though I got the perfect holistic experience of Thailand through the combination of my class, Thai roommate, and living in Chiang Mai. The extracurricular activity I partook in, which was a nature hike through the jungles of northern Thailand, was the best hiking experience I have ever had. For months after, I have been longing to make a return back to Thailand because of these experiences. Thank you TEAN for the best summer of my life!
A true Australian experience
Submitted by Rachel Gordon - University of Michigan | October 02, 2016
Studying abroad in Sydney with TEAN was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. Studying abroad has always been a dream of mine, but it wouldn't have been made possible without the help I received before, during, and after my life-changing experience from TEAN.
Going abroad to a country unfathomably far away from home, there are an endless amount of logistics to be handled that often seem to overwhelming to do yourself. However, from the moment I landed in Sydney, I never truly felt overwhelmed with handling the logistical component of my abroad experience. From the start, TEAN made sure each and every individual on the program was accounted for and felt comfortable and no questions ever went unanswered. The TEAN staff members located near my university were so willing to help with anything throughout the entire semester, whether it was trying to coordinate something with my university or helping plan a trip I wanted to go on.
One of the things I loved most about studying abroad through TEAN is that I was completely immersed in the Australian academic experience. Instead of only taking classes with mostly American students and teachers (which is what I'm used to at home) I was surrounded by such a diverse group of people in all of my classes. I learned a great deal about Australia, was challenged by different educational practices, and was overall able to experience a system so unique from university in America.
TEAN provides a variety of great housing options while studying abroad. Whether you are someone who is more private or you are looking to live with a bunch of roommates, TEAN does a great job placing you in housing that you will truly be happy at during your semester-long experience.
The University itself provides students with a ton of great resources and organizations that you can get involved in, even as an abroad student. There was a club fair at the beginning of the semester where you could talk to students about all of the different options you could join, which was a great thing to be exposed to so early in the semester. As well, my apartment building hosted a wide variety of activities and events for residents, which was always a great way to people living close by.
While studying in Sydney, not only was I exposed to some of the most picturesque settings in the world, but I was surrounded by people who made the experience so positive. TEAN provided me with so much guidance along the way and made sure that whatever I decided to do with my time in Australia, that I did I wanted to do while having the best time possible.
I learned more about myself during my study abroad experience than I ever thought I would. I learned that the world is so vast, and there is so much to learn, and you can only do that if you put yourself out there. I would say that my biggest takeaway from abroad is to not hesitate, don't question, and don't waste your time - because nothing is more valuable than the minutes you spend traveling and learning about all of the things you have never before encountered in your life.
Do it and you will never want to leave!!
Submitted by Anna Wildeman - University of Kentucky | October 01, 2016
The wonderful part about TEAN is that they highly value a balanced educational experience. For this reason, our studies included classroom time, planned excursions, and opportunities for individual exploration. In addition, the professors that TEAN provided were experts in their field and extremely passionate about teaching. Furthermore, I learned as much about Sydney as I know about my hometown in Chicago. TEAN is present at every step of the way but also allow you to discover things for yourself.
Sydney is an amazing city to study abroad in. There is incredible food, beaches, museums, hiking areas and especially people. The city is clean and easy to navigate and there is never a lack of free events. I encourage everyone to strongly consider this program and I can guarantee you will not regret it!
Program: TEAN: The Australian Semester
Submitted by Jessica Wahl - Quinnipiac University | September 29, 2016
Whenever I’m asked, “How was New Zealand?” my go-to response is always a definitive “Fantastic.” I’ll then launch into the long-winded and enthusiastic account of my travels, pausing only to take breath. From absolutely stunning beauty to engaging academics to the friendliest people I’ve met, New Zealand has it all. I can barely begin to describe what an immensely positive and valuable experience studying abroad was for me. TEAN really is to thank for orchestrating such a smooth, stress-free transition, which allowed for me to focus on academics and cultivating a wider global awareness. Without the initial foundation that TEAN built through orientation and the support from staff, I would not have been nearly as confident as I was when it was time to venture off on my own.
I absolutely loved how creative and artistically expressive the city of Wellington is. There is so so much to do and explore all within a short walk; hardly any two points in the city are more than a half hour walk from each other tops. Cafes, restaurants, and boutiques are abound. Museums are free and there are some beautiful hikes just outside the city.
I lived in The Cube which is Massey University’s Accommodation where the first-year students lived. It was very much like being in a Freshman dorm again with RAs and Hall events, but I absolutely loved the strong sense of community it fostered. By the end of the semester, my floor had become my family and home away from home. I would highly recommend living in university housing if given the choice because there are so many ways to make friends and get involved with events that you might not otherwise have had the opportunity to.
Lastly, I thoroughly enjoyed the curriculum I was able to take while abroad. With Massey’s Wellington campus being known as the oldest and most prestigious design school in New Zealand, it was a perfect fit to complement my Graphic Design major. The academics were rigorous yet rewarding, and very much what you make of it.