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Best semester of my life
Submitted by Lauren - Carnegie Mellon University | February 07, 2018
As probably obvious from the title, my semester abroad in Seoul was the best semester of my life. I've been wanting to go back since before I left! TEAN was extremely helpful in the months before I arrived, helping with paperwork, registration, and applications. This let me get excited for my trip without too much stress about getting everything ready! When I finally arrived in Seoul, I had the best time eating to my heart's content, exploring all around the country, and meeting so many new people who helped me work on my Korean speaking skills. The food is amazing, and so cheap! There is so much variety just around Korea University alone, and many other neighborhoods that each have a unique atmosphere. Getting around Seoul is super convenient, and the subway system is easy to navigate. Beyond Seoul, there are buses and trains (or plane for Jeju Island) that can get you wherever you want to go. There are so many possibilities for weekend trips! It was amazing to interact with locals, and to get an idea of what life is like in different cities and towns around the country. Studies are important, but for me, what was more important was making the most out of my time there, and exploring as much as I could!
Program: TEAN: Seoul - Korea University
An amazing experience in Southeast Asia
Submitted by Alexandra Craig - University of San Francisco | January 24, 2018
I had an amazing experience in Thailand and Cambodia with TEAN. I was able to learn a lot more about the culture and history of both countries through my time in the classroom and through my daily activities. In Thailand I was able to use the Thai that I learned in class when I bought street food for dinner. Meanwhile my Khmer lessons in Cambodia made it possible for me to communicate with my host family with more ease. I really appreciated everything that I learned because it made me feel like I had an even closer connection to both countries. I especially enjoyed the connection I made with the people that I met while I was abroad. Having a host family was one of the best experiences of my trip because I had the chance to develop a strong bond with them through different family outings, including the Water Festival that occurred over the first weekend we were in Cambodia.
TEAN provided me with the opportunity to see a lot more of both countries. We were taken on excursions to Chiang Rai and Krabi, Thailand and Siem Reap, Cambodia. We also had a two week break which I used to see more of central Thailand. I really enjoyed my time with TEAN because I had a lot of freedom to explore but felt safe the whole time. Not only did I feel safe because of the location but I felt safe because I knew that the TEAN staff was there to help me. It was truly an amazing experience and I would not have changed it. I met amazing people, learned many new things and had a life-changing time in both Thailand and Cambodia.
Program: TEAN: Thailand and Cambodia Semester
University of Sydney TEAN experience
Submitted by Danielle Drake - Villanova University | January 21, 2018
I absolutely loved my experience with TEAN in Sydney, Australia. From the moment I showed interest in the program, their staff was so helpful in answering questions and guiding me through the process. Once I landed in Australia, I enjoyed an amazing 4 day orientation in Cairns, learning all about Australian culture, participating in adventurous Australian activities, and getting to know the other kids in the program. I then flew down to Sydney were they set me up with great living accommodations in the middle of the city, with easy access to grocery stores, malls, tourist sights, school, train stations, etc. I lived with a group of other TEAN students in apartments, which was such an incredible experience. TEAN also planned many cultural events throughout the semester for all of the students to explore more of the city and country overall including a trip to Melbourne (another city in Australia), a day at Luna Park (an amusement park), jet boating in the harbor, a tour of the Sydney Opera House, and so much more! There is also a staff member assigned to each city who acts as a great resource throughout the entire semester for questions about anything from medical insurance, great restaurants, help with living issues, and so much more. Jenn was assigned to Sydney and she did such a great job of being involved the perfect amount and checking on us, while still giving us freedom to enjoy Sydney on our own. I would absolutely suggest doing the TEAN Sydney program as it was such a once in a lifetime experience and I can't thank them enough for all of their hard work!
Program: TEAN: University of Sydney
An internship that doesn't feel like work
Submitted by Mackenzie Wangler - Clemson University | January 04, 2018
I was blessed with the opportunity to work for a boutique PR company in Auckland, New Zealand this past summer called Lily & Louis. I could not have been placed at a company that suited me better, and the work I did was actually exciting to me. I worked from 9-5 Tuesday through Friday, however, I never dreaded going. I was excited to meet more people, speak with my coworkers and my bosses, and take part in meetings where I felt like I was a part of the company. TEAN placed me with a company that allowed me to be myself and promote my own ideas, and my program advisor was always there if I needed her. I spent most of my time in the office which was perfect because it is beautifully decorated with hundreds of fashionable clothing pieces, desktop Macs for all of us to work on, a full kitchen, two separate offices for meetings (The White Room and The Black Room), and two adorable dogs that spent their days there as well (Lily and Louis). One day I was asked if I could drive, and I said, "Of course, but never on the other side of the road!" so one of my coworkers even taught me how to drive in New Zealand where we went on a mission to pick up doughnuts to decorate for a media piece we were working on. This experience was absolutely amazing, and I wish I could work here after graduation (if only NZ were closer to the US). I was able to travel to dozens of different places on my long weekends and learn and experience the work culture in what is now my favorite place in the world.
Program: TEAN: New Zealand Internship
The greatest decision I could have ever made
Submitted by Megan Taylor - Stonehill College | January 02, 2018
Studying abroad has changed the way I view myself, and the world. Since my trip this spring, I’ve completely changed my perspective on learning, and what it means to grow outside of my college bubble. Studying abroad has shown me to take full advantage of opportunities, for they could lead to some of the most significant and influential experiences of your life. I’ve become extremely passionate about traveling, and the importance it has on higher education. What I loved most about my time abroad was that learning didn’t stop when I left the classroom. As a member of a foreign community I learned to be independent and open minded to all the country had to offer. I believe there’s no better way to learn, than to learn by doing, and immersing myself in a completely new culture has impacted me in ways that staying home could not, and I’m very excited to share my experiences to other students.
Melbourne is the perfect size for study abroad. It’s big enough to have something going on at any given time, but by the end of 5 months I could travel around the entire city and know where I’m going. There is so much culture within art and music, but also has great beaches and national parks, as well as it’s close to the Great Ocean Road and other surfing and hiking locations. It has an incredibly competitive vibe when it comes to footy, but also has an overwhelming sense of acceptance for diversity of fashion, customs, and people as a whole.
Overall, studying abroad with TEAN was the greatest time of my life. I learned more about myself, other people and cultures, about how to be independent, and how travel and adventure through life this past semester. Never again will I be able to befriend 20 new strangers, and be able to travel with all of them to some of the most notable places in the world. TEAN gave me the building blocks to be successful through information sessions, housing, affiliation with the University, our RD, and so much more. Traveling to foreign country can be incredibly daunting, especially a country on the opposite side of the globe. TEAN recognizes that vulnerability and makes sure that we are completely taken care of.