Eastern Illinois University (USA)

Study Abroad Testimonial – Aimee

In 2010 I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to complete a semester abroad at Eastern Illinois University (EIU), USA. As my degree is only offered externally, I was unable to share the same 'college' experience that internal students were offered. I initially chose to study at Eastern Illinois University (EIU) because it was my dream to have the opportunity to have the full on-campus college experience. I had spent the time leading up to my exchange watching every college movie I could find, and imagined if that is what my life would be like. I can honestly say that my semester abroad was able to live up to my incredibly high expectations of life as a college student in America. During my time at EIU I was able to make some long-lasting friendships as well as some unforgettable memories, oh and the classes were good too.

At the conclusion of the semester, I met up with 4 of my Australian friends and we did a Contiki tour of USA and Canada. I have so many amazing memories, from swimming with dolphins in Mexico, spring break in Mexico, seeing Broadway show after broadway show in New York, jet boating in – 4 degree water in Montreal and doing the hula at a luau in Hawaii. I have even learnt that I can sleep anywhere, on the floor at the airport, on trains/buses/planes.

I would highly recommend the study abroad program to anyone who likes to travel and experience new cultures. It was certainly an unforgettable experience that I will be talking about for many years to come.