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Studying in Australia

Culture, Sports, and Play (a new, 2000-level, special topics anthropology class)
Ethnography of Sports and Play (a new, 3000-level special topics anthropology class)

Prerequisites for 2000-level: EN 1011/1015 or WRT1011 (English Composition & Rhetoric), FY1011 or EDU1011 (Perspectives in Learning), another 1000-level EDU, SOC, ANT, PSY or POL class (or permission of instructor)
Prerequisites for 3000-level: 3 courses at the 2000 level, 1 of them in the Social Science discipline, with grades of C or higher (or permission of instructor)

+/- July 28–August 18, 2018

Check out the 2016 Australia blog! (This program hosted the Intercultural Communications class in 2015/2016)

Pair this program with New Zealand for 6 credits in 6 weeks.

Photograph of Meg Spicer
Program Director: Meg Spicer
Photograph of Peg Alden
Academic Director: Peg Alden

Primary goal: to explore the intersections of sports and culture within the diverse and evolving social setting of Australia.

  • Explore Australia’s diverse rural, urban, and coastal landscapes around the city of Brisbane in Queensland.
  • Study how Australian sports are shaped by both modern and traditional cultures.
  • Create awareness of American values and practices.
  • Explore the “sports” traditions and cultures of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities.
  • Experience Australia’s unique wildlife (i.e., koalas, kangaroos, dolphins).
  • 3000-level students will participate in an ethnographic, field-based research project focusing on an element of sports/play in Australia.

Special considerations:

  • Flights to and from Australia are l-o-n-g (almost 24 hours from New York). Your program will start while you are still experiencing jet lag.

Course description for 2000-level course
Course description for 3000-level course


Country Handbook: stay tuned

Travel Information: stay tuned

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Cost for the trip is $6,500* and includes:

  • 3-credit course
  • Group flights
  • In-country transportation
  • Field trips and housing
  • All breakfasts, and some dinners & lunches

Price does not include individual spending money.

Limited financial aid is available; contact Michael Mertes, Director of Financial Aid.

*Discounts for students who enroll in multiple summer study abroad programs. Pair this program with studying in New Zealand for a 6-week/6-credit, Pacific Rim experience.

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