Congratulations on your decision to Intern Abroad!

We have outlined here TEAN’s six easy steps to interning abroad in Australia or New Zealand. Your TEAN Program Manager guides you through the entire process, reminding you when and what we need from you as you traverse along the journey to studying abroad. These six steps also include all the vital information you need to know as you prepare for your time abroad. If you can’t find the answers to your questions here, then don’t hesitate to call or email us.

Get Started

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Congratulations! You have applied to a TEAN internship program, so you are already one step closer to the best time of your college life! This section walks you through how to complete your application; paying your deposit; how to obtain a passport or check that your passport will be valid for the duration you need; the best ways to contact TEAN; and all those important dates to mark down on your calendar now. As always, if your questions are not answered here, simply to contact us!

TEAN Application

Complete Your TEAN Application

  1. Establish your online application via The EDUCATION ABROAD Network website.
  2. To access your online application, visit http://teanabroad.org/application-login/ and enter your Username and Password.
  3. Periodically check your online application for updated information and forms, which will be posted throughout the application and enrollment period.

The following are the required steps to complete your TEAN online application:

  • TEAN Applicant Profile
  • TEAN Emergency Contact Info
  • Internship Placement Worksheet
  • Personal Statement
  • TEAN Statement from University
  • Upload a copy of the signature and photo page of your passport (see below for passport details)
  • Cover Letter and Resume – you will work on your cover letter and resume with your TEAN advisor prior to uploading a final draft to the online application. Please take a look at our Cover Letter and Resume Guidance document for some initial assistance.
  • Unofficial copy of your transcript – please note that you need to change the filename of your transcript to include your full name

It is important to keep in mind that our internship placements are highly customized based on your individual academic and professional goals. Many potential interns want to know where they will be placed, and we really cannot answer that until we have more information from you through our online application. In the application, you will provide some personal statements, complete our internship placement worksheet, and submit a cover letter and resume. We will use all of this information, plus our conversations and emails with you, to find a great placement on your behalf. We do not have a list of pre-arranged internship placements into which we slot applicants. Instead, we look at each applicant on an individual basis and make connections to find the best internship placement possible.

Pay your Deposit

Pay your Deposit

  1. Pay the $500 internship program deposit. Your internship deposit secures your place in the program, and is the final step of your initial application. Once we receive your internship program deposit, we will begin sourcing your placement. The deposit is due approximately two weeks from receipt of your application and will be credited to your overall program fee. You may submit online credit card payments for your $500 internship deposit via our online credit card link.
  2. In addition, all participants using TEAN housing will be subject to a refundable housing deposit of USD$350 (less damages and cleaning fees.)

Internship Refund Policy

  • If the applicant cancels after they have paid the program deposit and both before they are offered an internship placement and before the application deadline: $100 cancellation fee.
  • If the applicant cancels after they have paid the program deposit and before they are offered an internship placement, but after the application deadline: $200 cancellation fee.
  • If the applicant cancels after they are offered a placement and more than 60 days prior to the program start date: $500 cancellation fee.
  • If the applicant cancels more than 48 hours after they are offered a placement, 35-60 days prior to the program start date: $1,000 cancellation fee.
  • If the applicant cancels more than 48 hours after they are offered a placement, 17-35 days prior to program start date: 60% of the program fee and corresponding housing fee is non-refundable.
  • Sixteen days or less prior to program start date, or after program start date: 100% of the program fee and corresponding housing fee is non-refundable.

Passport

Apply/Renew your Passport

Obtaining a passport for international travel may take a considerable period of time as the State Department can often have a backlog of applications to work through.  Therefore, it is crucial that you apply for your passport as early as possible to avoid any last minute complications.  You can apply for your passport at your local U.S. Post Office. For more information see: https://www.usps.com/international/passports.htm

Obtain necessary information regarding passports from the U.S. Department of State: Passport Services Department. Download passport applications, nationwide list of passport agencies, etc. at: http://www.travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html

Expedited Services  

You can also check out an alternative passport express service: www.passportsandvisas.com


Verify Validity of your Passport

As a condition of your student visa, your passport must be valid a minimum of six months past your anticipated return home. If your current passport is set to expire before then, you will need to apply for a renewal.

Contacting TEAN

Contacting TEAN

Email is the primary form of communication during the application and enrollment period. Please provide us with an email address you use regularly, as important internship announcements and instructions will be sent via email. Also, please check your email on a regular basis and make sure to update your online application if you change your email address. Please also periodically check your junk mail to ensure that messages from TEAN are not being filtered into “spam”.

In addition, please be sure to include your full name on all correspondence (including emails). We work with many students so providing your name will ensure timely responses to questions and inquiries.

Physical Address
The Education Abroad Network
505 N. LaSalle, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60654-7093

Telephone and Fax
Toll Free: 1-800-585-9658 (from within U.S.)
Local Number: 1-312-239-3710 (from outside of U.S.)
Fax: 1-312-239-3713

Office Hours
The Education Abroad Network is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Standard Time and observes all major holidays. If these hours are not convenient, you may schedule a time outside of our normal business hours to speak with us. If you are currently international, it is possible to set up a Skype time to chat and get to know your Program Managers.

Important Dates

Important Dates

We finalize our program calendar several months before each term abroad (spring, summer, fall). During that time, we work with our overseas internship sites in order to determine our orientation schedule. We will provide updated information pertaining to orientation, key semester dates, and pre-semester trips once our program calendar has been finalized. We will send you an email notification once the updated calendar information has been posted on the website so you can plan accordingly.

Once the program calendar has been finalized, we will post this information on our website, as well as under the Pre-Departure Information section of the online application. Once the calendar has been released, all dates are still subject to change. While we do not anticipate any date changes once the calendar has been finalized, we reserve the right to make changes, particularly if one of our partner universities institutes their own date modification.  All program participants will be contacted in the event of a date change.

Flights

Most airlines do not allow open-ended tickets and now require international passengers to select a return date at the time of booking their flight. Return dates can be changed, subject to availability, but program participants should initially book a return flight home no earlier than one day after their internship ends.

Housing Dates

We provide housing until the last day of the program, which is typically the Sunday after the last day of your internship. Please also pay particular attention to the housing move-in dates. We are unable to make exceptions for early move-in requests due to the complexity of housing logistics.

Program Start Dates

The program officially begins at the start of our Orientation Program. Students arriving in advance of our orientation will be responsible for their own transportation from the airport and any necessary accommodations prior to the orientation start date.

Get Placed

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Congratulations, now that you’ve completed your application and made your deposit it’s time to find that dream placement. Our placement staff will review all of your application materials and ask for further details as needed. We will then get to work matching you with the perfect internship! It is possible at this stage you will have a series of interviews, with your placement coordinator and then with prospective internship hosts. Should this be the case, we will first conduct an informational interview to get a better idea of your skill set, previous work or leadership experience, career aspirations and what you are looking to gain from the internship. This will help you identify goals for the internship and begin to transition education into a fulfilling career.

Placement Process

Placement Process

Because we offer custom internship placements the placement process can take some time, but don’t stress! The TEAN placement staff are experts in the field and will work diligently to make sure your placement is a good fit for you. Along the way we will provide you with advice, from resume or cover letter tips to interview techniques/strategies.

Sometimes, you will be called up for an interview with the host company. If this is the case, TEAN will help prepare you and will sit in on the interview and provide feedback that you can use for the future.

Once a placement is secured for you, your Program Manager will send you a placement profile, outlining your host internship site as well as your responsibilities as an intern. Once you agree to the placement, that’s it, you’re on to the next step.

Academic Credit for your Internship

Academic Credit for your Internship

If you want to receive academic credit for your internship, you will need to arrange that through your home university. We recommend working in conjunction with both your study abroad advisor and your academic advisor to determine all necessary steps to receive credit from your home university. Some universities will require additional paperwork from the “internship host” and we are happy to work with you to ensure that you meet all the requirements from your home university to secure your academic credit. If you have any questions about this, please contact your TEAN Program Manager.

Get a Room

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Now that we know where your placement is going to be we can organize your accommodation. Flexibility is key with internship housing, as certain placements require us to think out of the box. Your Program Manager will send you a housing form to complete so we can provide for your needs.

TEAN Housing

TEAN Housing

TEAN uses housing that is affordable, close to your internship, and safe. Because of the varied nature of our placements, our housing is varied. Usually there will be a group of other interns sharing your accommodation.

This process depends on a number of factors so it can take some time. On average interns get their housing placement about 3 weeks prior to departure. Regardless of where you stay, we know you’ll love your TEAN housing.

Doing it Yourself

Doing it Yourself

When it comes to housing, some interns may mistakenly think it is easier or less expensive to find their own housing upon arrival. Please think again. While you may luck into a good housing situation, chances are you will run into some challenges and hassles that may complicate your stay, to say the least.

You may find that:

  • You are locked into a 6-12 month lease.
  • Safe housing near your internship site can be difficult to find.
  • Public transport is limited.
  • Many landlords and real estate agents are not willing to deal directly with students/interns.
  • Set-up and payment of utilities can be a real hassle and sometimes not possible for international students.
  • Many units come unfurnished, meaning you must rent furniture (a costly option).
  • There is no one to serve as liaison with your landlord or roommates should a dispute arise.

Pre-arranged housing is truly your best option!

Should you still want to arrange your own housing, please contact your TEAN Program Manager. We will walk you through the process of declining TEAN housing.

Get Booked

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It’s time to book your flights! It’s really happening – get excited! This section details information regarding flight recommendations and any travel related frequently asked questions. We also provide advice about insurance if you plan to travel outside of Australia or New Zealand.

Flights

Flights

The Education Abroad Network will not be offering a group flight for this particular program for a variety of reasons. Students traveling to Australia or New Zealand will be departing from different locations within the United States, with the specific departure locations affecting the overall cost of airfare. In addition, the published fares for individual travel are currently significantly lower than the fares noted for group travel at this time. Finally, due to the various pre- and post-program travel options there are a number of alternate travel dates.

Though we are not offering a group flight, we do recommend arranging travel through our partner travel agency, Corporate Traveler. They can offer competitive airfares to Australia and New Zealand from major cities throughout the U.S., and can offer you the personal service needed to arrange your international travel. Students are not obligated to coordinate their travel through Corporate Traveler and are free to shop around for a better fare or departure location. To email a representative please contact EducationAbroad@us.flightcentre.com

Alternatively, if you would like to compare airfare at Corporate Traveler with those of other providers, please feel free to research flights through STA Travel, CheapOair, Travelocity, Expedia, Orbitz, or others.


Steps to Book

STEP 1 – Review the Arrival Dates/Times by your Program Manager to ensure you are familiar with the required travel times.

STEP 2 – Determine if you are intending to travel independently prior to or after the program dates as this will impact your travel dates to/from the US.

STEP 3 – Research travel itineraries and costs through Corporate Traveler (or other). To assist with your search, please be certain to refer to the section below on “Important Tips Before Booking”.

Before students purchase tickets, please feel free to contact us or send us your tentative itinerary so that we may ensure it is correct and/or the best routing for your situation.

STEP 4 – Book your international travel through Corporate Traveler (or other) and submit your travel itinerary to TEAN through the online application. Failure to inform TEAN of your flight itineraries jeopardizes our ability to arrange for airport pickup and transportation to orientation accommodations and activities. So please be sure to submit your travel details as soon as you are booked.

STEP 5 – Record your flight details on the Arrival Form. Your Program Manager will send you a link to the Arrival Form. Once you have booked your flight, you need to input your travel details into this form.


Important Tips Before Booking

  • Pay attention to the taxes & fuel surcharges that will be added to the total fare. Sometimes these can be very high and surprisingly they can vary considerably between the different airlines.
  • Pay attention to any cancellation policies and ticketing fees. Many great deals are non-refundable and have quite a few rules and regulations for use.
  • We recommend booking any domestic flights from your home city on the same ticket as your international flight in order to get international baggage allowances as well as to ensure that you will be booked on the next available flight in the event that a connection is missed.
  • Keep in mind that you need to allow at least a 3 hour window of time in between domestic and international connections.
  • If you need to re-check your bags in Los Angeles, San Francisco or Dallas you should allow 4 to 6 hours between flights. This may seem like a very long time but with any potential flight delays it is better to be waiting at the airport for your international flight versus missing your flight overseas.
  • You will be given a pickup time window for your arrival in Cairns to be eligible for the group pickup. If you miss this scheduled time and arrive late, then you will need to take a taxi or shuttle to the hotel. Further information on this will be provided closer to your departure.
  • If you want to arrive early before the start of Orientation, please keep in mind you will be responsible for extra costs for taxis and accommodations.
  • There are several benefits to booking your flight through our partner travel agency Corporate Traveler which include: personal attention from our partners who are organizing the flights; competitive booking options; convenience of assistance with booking domestic connecting flights; ease of not having to organize it on your own (Corporate Traveler has prearranged flight itineraries); comfort of knowing there is the proper amount of time scheduled in between connecting flights and comfort of knowing that we will arrange your airport pickup if you arrive within the scheduled time.

Travel Outside Australia or New Zealand

Travel Outside Australia or New Zealand

If you decide to plan to journey out-of-country, please keep in mind that additional medical insurance is strongly recommended for all Australian and New Zealand-based interns traveling outside of the country in which they are interning. The TEAN-provided health insurance through CISI only covers you in the country in which you are interning.

Get Documents

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This section is very important. It also tends to be a little boring, so please stick with us. Before you jet off for the time of your life, there are contracts you need to sign, forms you need to complete; a visa you need to apply for and be granted; and a final payment you need to make. Please read this section carefully; when the time comes, your Program Manager will guide you through it all – step by step.

Program Contracts

Sign Internship Placement Profile

As soon as your internship placement is confirmed, you’ll be sent a Placement Profile. This document provides a thorough description of the company with which you’ll be interning along with responsibilities and expectations of you as an intern. You’ll need to review this document, sign, and upload a signed copy to your TEAN online application. By doing so, you officially accept your internship placement.


Sign Contracts with TEAN

You will receive several contracts (TEAN program contract, housing contract, and privacy consent release) from TEAN that will cover important notices and policies for you to keep in mind during your time abroad. The Privacy Consent Release will also allow us to introduce you to your roommates prior to departure. Both you and a parent/guardian will need to electronically sign the documents to confirm your understanding of the terms & conditions of your program.

Visa

Assistance with Visa Application

We understand that applying for a visa can be a daunting process. There are many steps and forms to complete, and we are here to help. Starting in April 2017, we will be offering weekly “Visa Office Hours” where one of your Program Managers will be online for one hour per week to assist you with your visa application. This is a great way to apply for your visa with real time help from your program manager. You will be receiving an email with details on dates and times of these Visa Office Hours.


Visa Cost

The Australian Working Holiday visa costs approximately AUD $440. The cost for obtaining a visa is not included in the final program fee. The New Zealand Working Holiday Scheme visa costs NZD $400 (Pricing as of March 2017).


Working Rights

Although all TEAN internships are unpaid, the Australian Working Holiday visa and New Zealand Working Holiday Scheme do allow interns the right to work for pay in addition to their internship should they choose. Although it is possible to work, it is not always recommended as holding a job can take away from your contribution and development as an intern, which is the primary focus of the program.


Processing Time

Unlike other countries, Australian and New Zealand visa applications do not require applying at a local embassy in person.

Australian applications are generally completed online, with Visa Grant Notifications often issued within 3-5 days after submitting your application. Please note that you will only receive an email notification – no physical documents will be sent to you. You will need to keep a copy of your visa grant number notification with your passport.

New Zealand applications are also generally completed online, though the notification period can be longer than that for Australia.

Final Payment

Final Invoice

You will receive your invoice once you have received an internship placement. Final payments should be paid by personal check or wire transfer.

You can make checks payable to The Education Abroad Network and mail to us at:

505 N. LaSalle St., Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60654


Refunds

  • If the applicant cancels after they have paid the program deposit and both before they are offered an internship placement and before the application deadline: $100 cancellation fee.
  • If the applicant cancels after they have paid the program deposit and before they are offered an internship placement, but after the application deadline: $200 cancellation fee.
  • If the applicant cancels after they are offered a placement and more than 60 days prior to the program start date: $400 cancellation fee.
  • If the applicant cancels after they are offered a placement, 35-60 days prior to the program start date: $1,000 cancellation fee.
  • If the applicant cancels 17-35 days prior to program start date: 60% of the program fee and corresponding housing fee is non-refundable.
  • Sixteen days or less prior to program start date, or after program start date: 100% of the program fee and corresponding housing fee is non-refundable.

Past Due Accounts

All past-due amounts will accrue simple interest at 12% per annum.

Get Going

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It’s almost time! Now you just need to review some last minute information on what to pack; how to manage your money while abroad; how to communicate while abroad; and lastly, read up on details regarding your arrival and Orientation.

Packing List

Packing Instructions

Very Important: It is rare that checked luggage goes missing, however, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. Pack small travel size toiletries, medication, and change of clothes in your carry-on.  This will more than likely not happen, but if it does you will be prepared.

TEAN Packing Tips

  • “Less is more” theory
  • Two checked bags + weight limit + overage fees = pack lightly!
  • Leave behind half of what you think you’ll need
  • Put labels on your belongings (especially on all of your luggage)
  • For those who booked flights on Qantas, go to www.qantas.com for current baggage restrictions on international flights
  • For those who booked travel on other airlines, please refer to your airline carrier’s website for current baggage restrictions on international flights

Suggested Packing List

PLEASE NOTE: The packing list provided is a suggested list. Triple-check to ensure you have everything necessary! The Education Abroad Network is not responsible for forgotten items.

Necessary Items

  • Work attire – generally it’s business casual but each host organization has variations depending on the duties of the intern. Please contact us if you have any concerns about appropriate attire in your placement.
  • A raincoat – one with a detachable liner is best – or waterproof Gore-Tex jacket.
  • Sweatshirts/jackets/fleeces. Save space in your luggage by not bringing more than one light jacket.
  • Jeans – 3 pair max
  • Khakis/lightweight trousers; comfortable skirts/dresses
  • Underwear and socks
  • Light layers
  • Shorts and T-shirts – no cut-offs, super short shorts
  • Tennis shoes/walking shoes/gym shoes
  • Sandals
  • Dress shoes for work/ going out in the evenings (see note above)
  • Bathing suit
  • Sunscreen – sunscreen doesn’t help you if you leave it in your bag!
  • Camera
  • Smaller backpack for weekend travel
  • Prescription medicine for your entire stay (see note above)
  • Plug adapter for small electrical devices (computer, cell phone, etc – see note above)

Unnecessary Items

  • Extra toiletries – you can buy these in Australia and New Zealand
  • Hair dryer, hair straightener, electric razors/shavers (see above for details)
  • Beach towel or extra bath towel (you can buy a cheap beach towel in Australia and New Zealand)
  • Rain boots

Items TEAN Will Provide

  • Bedding and linens
  • All kitchen supplies: utensils, pots/pans, crockery/glasses

Baggage Restrictions

Most international airlines allow all passengers two checked items, one carry-on, and one personal item. However, it is important that you contact your airline carrier for their current baggage restrictions (including dimensions and weight) and fees for additional checked items as their regulations change frequently. If you exceed two checked items it is generally more economical, safer and easier to pay the airlines for additional checked baggage versus shipping items to Australia or New Zealand. Purchasing your domestic flights same ticket as your international flight will ensure you receive the same baggage allowance on your domestic flight as your international flight.


How to Dress for your Internship

Most internship sites will require you to wear “smart casual” clothing. Just think business casual.

Ladies: nice trousers, dresses, skirts, nice top or blouse, cardigan, closed-toe shoes

Men: button down shirt, collared polo, nice trousers, casual dress shoes

In general, Australian and New Zealanders dress a bit nicer than Americans, especially when going out in the evenings. While it is important that you are comfortable, you might want to consider bringing some nicer clothing with you for going out.


Pre-Departure Tips

  • You may want some Australian or New Zealand currency before you leave the United States. The easiest, yet more expensive, method is to exchange at the Los Angeles international terminal. There will be currency exchanges near your orientation accommodations in Sydney or Auckland and ATM machines everywhere. If you plan on using your U.S. ATM card overseas, let your US bank know prior to departure so they do not stop the card from being used due to suspected fraud. (See below for more on banking)
  • Bank of America and Westpac are affiliated. You may want to consider opening an account with Bank of America. The advantage is there would be no ATM withdrawal fees or foreign transaction fees when you use your debit card at Westpac ATM’s.
  • Make copies of important documents (work and holiday visa confirmation email, passport, driver’s license, credit/bank cards, airline tickets, travel insurance info, etc.) – bring one set with you in your carry-on luggage in case your larger luggage is misplaced or wallet is lost or stolen, and leave one copy at home
  • Take photos of your packed luggage and the contents. It will help in the unlikely event that your bag(s) get lost or misplaced in transit.
  • Bring a positive attitude & willingness to experience new surroundings!

Electronics

Electronics

The plugs/sockets in Australia and New Zealand are different from those in the U.S. This means that if you want to bring any electrical items from home to Australia or New Zealand with you, you must purchase a few plug adapters, which ‘adapt’ your U.S. plug to an Australian or New Zealand plug. You can find plug adapters online and in many box stores. You will want to be sure that the adapter specifically indicates Australia and New Zealand, or purchase a ‘universal’ plug adapter, which you will be able to use in all of our world travels.

It is very important to note that electricity in Australia and New Zealand is different from the U.S. Here, we use 110 volts, in Australia and New Zealand, they use 220 volts – that means that double the power is coming out of each outlet. So, in addition to your adapter, you will also need a power converter. Many electrical items designed for travel (laptop, cell phone, iPad, e-reader, etc) had a converter built into the plug. You will want to read the fine print on any electrical cords you are bringing with you to ensure they specifically indicate ‘100-240v’.

We strongly recommend that you do not bring small electrical items including hair dryers, hair straighteners, and electric shavers, as these items consume a large amount of power and even with an appropriate converter will more than likely ‘spark out’ if you choose to use them while in Australia and New Zealand. These small electronics are not meant to handle the higher voltage and in almost all instances we’ve seen of students bringing these items from home, they have sparked out and students have had to buy new ones while in country.

Medications & Insurance

Prescription Medications

First, please talk with your doctor about all prescription medications you take on a regular basis and ensure that you bring enough with you. You will need to bring all prescription medications with you, in their original packaging, with a prescription label on them.

If you are currently taking a controlled substance (something that, by-law, you are only able to get a one month supply), please talk with your doctor about how to ensure you have all medication you need. Many prescription medications are available in Australia and New Zealand, but it is important to note that not all medications will be available, so you want to do your research in advance.

Australia

TGA General Information
Information about bringing medication to Australia
List of controlled substances 

New Zealand

Medsafe General Information
Bringing/Importing Medication
Medicine Classification Database


Health Insurance

Comprehensive International Health Insurance is covered in your TEAN Internship Program. We work with our partner CISI to provide you with health insurance in the country in which you are interning for the duration of your internship.

Please note: this insurance only covers you while you are in-country. If you travel to another country before, during, or after your internship, you will want to make arrangements for additional health insurance.


Personal Articles Insurance

We recommend you put anything of value i.e., digital camera, iPods/iPhones, jewelry, musical instruments, cell phone, laptops, etc. on a Personal Articles Policy (many homeowners already have this policy so you most likely can add your items onto your parents’ Personal Article Policy).  This insurance often covers the full value of the items world-wide, with no deductible.  Typically, items valued up to $3000 can be covered for an approximately $30 premium.  We encourage you to take pictures of item(s) and note their model, make and serial number, as well as saving receipts when possible.  Purchase of this insurance is left to your discretion.

We believe that the combination of the CISI and a Personal Article Policy offers the broadest, most comprehensive coverage while you intern and travel abroad.


Travel Insurance

Trip Insurance is optional and is not included in TEAN program fees. We recommend considering supplemental trip insurance to protect against unexpected mishaps (i.e. lost luggage) that can occur while traveling. Plans range from $100 to $350 and can be purchased through various insurance carriers. If you would like to discuss plans with TEAN’s recommended travel liaison please contact Corporate Traveler at 312-924-1258.

Safety While Abroad

Safety While Abroad

We are committed to the health and safety of every participant.  It is very important that you make informed decisions about your study and travel destinations.  We continually monitor the safety and security of our intern abroad program locations as well as popular student travel destinations.  We continue to advise students of the safety and health risks associated with interning and traveling abroad based on the information from the U.S. Department of State travel warnings, local law enforcement, the Australian government, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and the World Health Organization.


Tips for Personal Safety

Emergency Contacts:  Be sure to designate a parent or guardian as your Emergency Contact in our online system. This way, information regarding an emergency situation will automatically be passed on to your parent/guardian.  Also make sure to provide us with your Emergency Contact’s most up-to-date contact information.

Your Contact Details:  Provide The Education Abroad Network with accurate and up-to-date contact information regarding your telephone, cellphone, address, and email address.  Be sure to notify your parents and Resident Director in case of an emergency.

Keep Others Informed:  Tell others (your roommates, your parents, your Resident Director) your travel plans.  Keeping others informed will make it easier to locate you in case of an emergency.

Stay Informed:  Research the political, cultural, and social climate of your intern and travel abroad destination before heading overseas.  While abroad, read local newspapers and watch local news broadcasts for developments that may affect your health and safety.  If you have questions, please contact us either in the U.S. or abroad.

What about anti-American sentiment? Although individual Americans are generally well liked abroad, there can be negative feelings toward U.S. Government policy.  Participants are urged to use common sense, keep a low profile, dress to blend in, speak softly, avoid overt displays of American patriotism, and avoid all public demonstrations.


Travel and Safety Links

Helpful travel and safety links are listed below.

State Department Travel Warnings
Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization
US Embassies

Communicating While Abroad

Cell Phones

You will have the opportunity to purchase a “pre-paid” mobile phone that works in a manner similar to a calling card. If you choose this option for cell phone access, it will be necessary to add credit by prepaying for your calls. Recharging your credit can be done over the phone, via the Vodafone website, or at many convenience stores throughout Australia and New Zealand. Note: Incoming domestic and international calls to a mobile device are always free.

In some cases, students may be able to use their existing cell phone. Your device would have to meet the requirements of a GSM phone, be unlocked by your service provider, and have an Australian-capable SIM card. In addition, students would have to enroll in an international service package. Most students do NOT follow this option as it can be very costly and can potentially damage your phone.


Skype

Skype is a software program that is free to download and use. It allows users anywhere in the world to call each other for free. You will need an Internet connection, headset, speakers, or USB phone and your computer to use Skype. The Education Abroad Network currently uses Skype to communicate with our staff around the globe. For more information, visit www.skype.com.


Internet Services

All students will have access to Internet services in their accommodation.

Finances While Abroad

Currency

Like the currency of the United States, Australia and New Zealand currency comes in the form of coins and notes. The basic unit of currency for Australia is the Australian Dollar. The basic unit of currency for New Zealand is the New Zealand Dollar.

We do not recommend bringing large amounts of cash with you for security and safety reasons. However, you may wish to bring a small amount of currency for any initial personal expense needs. Most major banks in large U.S. cities have foreign currency in stock, but smaller, regional banks may have to order different currencies. Therefore, do not wait until the last minute to place your order. Alternatively, you can exchange money at the Los Angeles, Dallas, or San Francisco  Airport before you depart for the overseas flight. This is slightly more expensive than using a local bank (1%-2% higher fees), but can be convenient. Currency exchanges are not open 24 hours in Australia or New Zealand, so you should obtain the foreign currency in Los Angele, Dallas, or San Francisco.


Money Access Abroad

Cash (ATMs): The use of an American ATM card is a convenient and fast method to withdraw money.  Most of these transactions assess the wholesale exchange rate that applies to large foreign currency transactions, which ultimately means savings for you.  Please check with your bank to ensure your PIN number and ATM card will work abroad.  Some banks currently do NOT charge any fees for using ATMs, and you will want to see if your home bank will assess fees for foreign withdrawals.

VERY IMPORTANT: You must call your bank in advance and notify them that you are traveling internationally and will be using your ATM card abroad. If you do not, your accounts may be frozen to ‘protect’ you from theft (ie, the bank will think someone has stolen your cards and is using them abroad).

Before departing the U.S., determine if your current ATM/bank card is readily accepted at foreign ATM machines. Check if your U.S. bank has an affiliation with a bank in Australia or New Zealand, by contacting your current U.S. bank.


Credit Cards

Major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express are most commonly accepted in Australia. Visa and MasterCard are accepted more regularly than American Express. Please keep in mind there must be someone readily available to pay your credit card bill (if your billing is not online) or your finance charges will quickly add up. Most credit card bills can be paid online so you may be able to pay from within Australia or New Zealand without involving a third party.

VERY IMPORTANT: You must call your credit card company in advance and notify them that you are traveling internationally and will be using your credit card abroad. If you do not, your accounts may be frozen to ‘protect’ you from theft (i.e, the credit card company will think someone has stolen your cards and is using them abroad).

  • Your credit card must be in your name as shown on your passport.
  • Be aware that many credit card companies charge approximately 3% for foreign currency transactions. Please contact your credit card company and ask them what the foreign currency transaction fees will be.
  • Make sure you have signed the back of your credit card.

Pre-Paid Credit Cards

An easy option to help control your spending are prepaid credit cards which can be purchased online through the card web-site, i.e. Visa or Mastercard. Prepaid cards can also be purchased at many convenience or large box stores. Prepaid cards work in Australia and New Zealand just like they do in the U.S. Some cards even offer the option of purchasing them with foreign currency already loaded like the one found here: http://www.cashpassport.com/


Banking Recommendations

  • The quickest (and most economical) way to receive money from home is to have the funds deposited into your home bank account and withdraw those funds with an ATM card.  Wire Transfers take a minimum of 3-7 days to reach Australia.
  • Most major credit cards are widely accepted in Australia, but we recommend Visa or MasterCard.
  • If possible, bring some Australian currency with you from the U.S. in case you arrive overseas during non-business hours, e.g., when banks and currency exchanges are closed.
  • For those participating in the 8-week summer program, there is no need to open a bank account in Australia or New Zealand.

Personal Spending

For day-to-day spending, excluding any major travel plans, you should budget approximately the same as you would for a summer in the U.S. plus an additional 10-20% to factor in variances of cost of living and extra activities. General day-to-day living expenses are comparable in Australia and New Zealand to that of major cities in the US; however, students tend to spend more on weekend travel and entertainment when abroad.

Please keep in mind that living in a large metropolitan area will be more expensive than living in a smaller town.

Arrival

Airport Pick-Up

Please complete the Arrival Forms sent to you by your Program Manager. We use this information to help coordinate airport pick up when you first arrive in Australia as well as preparing for any domestic flights you will have after orientation.

Specific arrival details will be provided to you prior to departure but in general, you will need to arrive within the allocated arrival window provided to you during the flight booking process. If you arrive in Sydney before 10:00AM or Auckland before 2:00pm, you will be met at the airport by TEAN staff and provided an airport transfer to the orientation accommodation. Please note that this is a group transfer. If your flight arrives hours prior to the pick-up time, we will be there to meet you and we will then wait together for other program participants.

It is your responsibility to notify TEAN in a timely manner if you experience flight delays and/or itinerary changes.


Contact Information

Prior to your departure your Program Manager will provide you with contact details for all key TEAN personnel, including your Resident Director, as well as information on your local embassy and emergency contacts. Please be sure to program these numbers into your phone and have print copies as well.


TEAN Orientation

Australia

Upon arrival in Sydney, our in-country staff will host you for a multi-day Orientation to life in Australia. Your Australia Orientation is designed set you up for a successful internship by introducing you to the local culture and work culture while also getting to know your soon to be friends and having an exciting journey in the process. Your TEAN Program Manager will forward you further details about the Orientation program for your semester abroad approximately 2 weeks prior to your departure.

New Zealand

Upon arrival in New Zealand, our in-country staff will host you for a multi-day Orientation to life in New Zealand. You’ll be introduced to New Zealand history, Maori culture, and given a taste of why this country is considered one of the adventure capitals of the world. You’ll also receive tips to help you adjust to life as an intern in New Zealand. Your TEAN Program Manager will forward you further details about the Orientation program for your internship abroad approximately 2 weeks prior to your departure.