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I loved studying abroad in Australia and I am so happy I chose to study here. However I think I would have liked studying in a place such as Sydney because of how cultural the city is. Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbor Bridge etc.. The Gold Coast is one big party basically, which is awesome, but I feel that you really get the "Wow I'm actually in Australia right now" feeling when you are in Sydney, not the Gold Coast. Bond University is an amazing school, beautiful campus, great classes. Beaches are fairly close, about a 25 minute bus ride. I would definitely not choose to work with CIS Abroad again, I was not very happy with their program especially after hearing about the other study abroad groups, so my advice would be to stay away from CIS.
The Australian academic system is a lot different from the US. Fewer assignments during the semester mean a lot of weight is put on the final exam which I found to be very overwhelming and since we didn't have any tests during the semester I didn't know what to expect. The grading system is also very different a 50 here is about a C back home.
Really nice on campus housing with maid service once a week. The only thing that I didn't like was our meal plan/ It was only apparently supposed to cover 10 meals a week...But seeing as we live on campus in the AC, with no kitchen, our meal options were limited and we all ran out of meal plan money a month or two before the end of the semester. Didn't seem very fair.
The Gold Coast is a very fun place to go to school. There are a lot of study abroad kids(Americans) at Bond, especially in the AC. The Australians are very welcoming to the American's for the most part and it was a lot of fun to meet people from all over the world. However, as far as "culturally rich" places in Australia I would suggest going to study in Sydney or Melbourne. The Gold Coast is basically one big party city with great night life, shopping, and food.
Meal plan does not last for on campus students at Bond. We don't have kitchens so it's not possible for us to make our own meals ( other than microwavable) yet they expect the meal plan to only cover 10 meals a week. That's less than 2 meals a day. The meals are also really expensive here and not of great quality which stinks.
Expect to do a lot of partying here. And to be drinking a lot of "goon" AKA boxed wine, because it's the only thing American's can afford to drink here.
Surfer's paradise and Broadbeach are the main area's for night life. They have a lot of great clubs/bars. Club East in Broadbeach has ladies night on Thurs nights which means free champagne for girls until they run out which is awesome. Bond also does a lot with the night club called Shooters in Surfer's , can be a lot fun but usually gets very sloppy by the end of the night. Beer Garden is a fun place to go as well, more like a bar than a club but lots of dancing and good music, sometimes a band.
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Australia was incredible. I just wish that we were told about how the weather actually was here during the time that we came it literally rained for a straight month. The classes at Bond University are much harder than my school back in the states. There are only a few grades other than mid terms and the final. For most classes you have to pass the final to pass the class, and it doesn't matter if you are passing the class before you take the final. Sort of seems like a waste of work and money if you ask me when it comes to the school aspect of it. Other than that Australia is definitely a place I would recommend studying.
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