As a small university in Australia’s largest state, the University of Notre Dame, Australia is the country’s only private Catholic university and offers students personalized care and attention. Courses are offered in the academic areas of Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing and Philosophy & Theology. Located in one of the most eclectic areas of the region, Fremantle, the university is also easily within reach of downtown Perth with its trendy cafes and picturesque beaches.

Snapshot

Semester Program

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February - June
July - November

6,000 Students

2.7 GPA to apply

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Urban Location
Town Campus

On-Campus Dormitory

Overview

Spend a semester at Australia's only private Catholic university

Experience living on campus with other local and international students

Live in Fremantle, known for perfect weather, laidback locals and space to spread out and enjoy life

Enjoy close proximity to some amazing Aussie experiences – explore Australia’s outback, indulge in the wine region of Margaret River and even swim with dolphins at Monkey Mia

Explore the Great Barrier Reef and tropical far north Australia during your comprehensive six-day Orientation Program, with a week of adventure and learning

Experience an alternative Spring Break with our optional Thailand or New Zealand excursion

Appreciate access to TEAN’s Perth-based Resident Director and other in-country staff for continued support throughout the semester

Program Details

Orientation

TEAN’s exclusive “Welcome Abroad” Orientation Program takes place in Cairns in the north of Australia famous for its tropical setting and access to the Great Barrier Reef – what better way to start the semester than a week full of adventure, including scuba diving and snorkeling on the largest coral reef system in the world? Your Australia Orientation is designed to set you up for a successful semester by introducing you to the local culture and academics while also getting to know your soon to be friends and having an exciting journey in the process. On the final day of Orientation, students travel to their host city where they are met by their local TEAN Resident Director and introduced to their housing and local area.

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Housing

Students live on-campus right in the heart of Fremantle’s West End. The university’s three residence halls house both international and local students, and provide a social communal living experience. The housing is catered, and is just a short walk from Bathers Beach, and the train station, where you can take the train to Perth in just 30 minutes.


TEAN Staff

Throughout your semester you will meet with the Perth Resident Director for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.

Academics

About the University of Notre Dame, Australia

  • Founded in 1990, Notre Dame is the only private Catholic university in Australia.
  • Notre Dame follows the tradition and practices of Catholic higher education and is committed to a personalized education, underpinned by pastoral care and support for all its students.
  • The campus is located in the historic west end of Fremantle in superbly restored historic buildings that lend a distinctive character to Notre Dame.
  • Tangible evidence of pastoral care at Notre Dame can be seen in the small class sizes, one-on-one contact with academic staff, individualised academic and counselling support programs, welcoming liturgies and faith opportunities, sporting and cultural activities, to name a few.
  • A train service connects Fremantle to Perth, just 30 minutes away.

Courses

Academic Departments and Schools at Notre Dame are divided into eight academic divisions: Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Law, Medicine, Nursing and Philosophy & Theology.

Courses are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses at Notre Dame, refer to Step 2 – Get Schooled – of our 6 easy steps to studying abroad. You can also refer to our Notre Dame online course catalog instructions for a listing of all courses, and how to navigate the online catalog. Students enroll in 4 courses per semester (100 UNDA credits), which usually transfers as 15 – 16 U.S. semester credits.

Discipline
Subject Area
Business
  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Asian Business Studies
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Event Management
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Sports Management
Communications & Media
  • Cinematography
  • Communication Studies
  • Creative Writing / Professional Writing
  • Film (Practical)
  • Film / TV Studies (Theory)
  • Journalism (Broadcast)
  • Journalism (General)
  • Journalism (Print)
  • Mass Communication
  • Media Studies
  • Public Relations
Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
Environment
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Sustainable Resource Management
Health
  • Health Science (General)
  • Kinesiology / Exercise Science / Athletic Training / Human Movement
  • Nursing
  • Public Health
  • Sport and Leisure Studies
Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Literature
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies / Theology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
International Studies
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Australian Studies
  • International Relations
  • Italian Language / Studies
  • Modern Greek Language / Studies
Science
  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Statistics
Visual and Performing Arts, & Design
  • Art History
  • Photography
  • Theatre
  • Theatre Performance
  • Theatre Production
  • Theatre Studies

Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY

  • 2.8 GPA. Students with a 2.7-2.8 are encouraged to apply and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Sophomore standing at a four-year degree-granting institution at the time of enrollment.
    Students attending a two-year institution may be considered on a case by case basis.

Events & Excursions

Activities / Immersion

Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. If you have a specific interest or hobby, your Perth-based TEAN Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities change each semester.

In addition to the TEAN-organized events, to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities, our local staff send out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Perth. Ranging from community events to music festivals, we tap you into the local culture right from the start.

TOUR OF PERTH AND FREMANTLE

Get to know your new home with this tour highlighting all the local haunts in Perth and “Freo,” as well as providing historical background to the region.

AUSSIE RULES FOOTBALL MATCH

While the Australian Rules Football League originated in Victoria, Western Australia was the first state outside of Melbourne to have two teams in the national competition – West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers. We join the vocal locals to cheer on one of these teams against an east coast rival.

LEARN TO SURF

Australians love the beach – being an island nation with beautiful coastlines and 85% of the population living within an hour of a beach, it’s not surprising. Surfing is the favorite pastime of Aussie beachgoers so we introduce you to this sport early on in the semester with a lesson to get you started riding the waves.


Optional Excursions

During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know Australia better or travel to even more exotic destinations with pre- and mid-semester excursions organized during school breaks.

South Island, New Zealand

New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural environments this planet has to offer and is home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports! From the Southern Hemisphere’s highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, whitewater rafting raging rapids and hiking glaciers, you won’t be bored or disappointed! This excursion is usually offered as a mid-semester break excursion.

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Thailand

Take advantage of Australia’s ideal location in the South Pacific and explore exotic Asian destinations. With TEAN’s exclusive nine-day excursion to Thailand, you’ll find yourself bathing elephants in a river, learning to cook Thai food, visiting exotic temples and spending the evening with hilltribe villagers. With the culture of the north and the beaches of the south, this excursion, usually offered during mid-semester break, is not to be missed.

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Melbourne, Australia

Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.

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Program Dates

Spring 2017

Date of Departure Feb 12
TEAN Orientation Feb 14 Feb 19
University Orientation Feb 20 Feb 24
Classes Begin Feb 27
Semester Break April 17 April 21
Classes End June 2
Study Period June 5 June 9
Exam Period June 12 June 24
Program Ends June 25

Fall 2016

Date of Departure  July 10
TEAN Orientation July 12 July 17
Housing Move-In July 17
University Orientation  July 25 July 29
Classes Begin Aug 1
Semester Break  Sept 26 Sept 30
Classes End  Nov 4
Study Period Nov 7 Nov 11
Exam Period  Nov 14 Nov 25
Program Ends  Nov 26

Fees & Inclusions

Fall 2016

  • Tuition and services: $11,960
  • Housing (on/off campus): $4,020 – $4,650

Note: Students taking science courses will incur additional fees due to higher tuition costs for such units of study.


What’s Included

  • Full tuition
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged, off-campus student housing
  • Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
  • Services of local Resident Directors
  • Six-day Orientation Program with some meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
  • Cultural events scheduled throughout the semester
  • Wireless internet access in all housing
  • Access to pre-arranged and affordable cell phone packages
  • Access to unique and exciting optional excursions which may include New Zealand, Thailand and other places
  • Access to competitive airfares and pre-arranged flight itineraries 
  • Extensive pre-departure counseling and information packets
  • University and course selection advice
  • Official academic transcripts from host institution
  • Credit approval and transfer assistance
  • Help with student visa preparation
  • Financial aid transfer planning
  • Airport pickup and reception in Perth
  • Arrival Welcome packet containing important local contact details and information
  • Perth Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program
  • Host university orientation

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare ($2,200)
  • Domestic airfare in US ($500)
  • Student visa ($475)
  • Books ($365)
  • Meals during the semester ($2,000)
  • Airport transfer at the end of the semester ($50)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.

Scholarships

TEAN Scholarships

In addition to the current financial aid you receive, you may want to consider one of our many scholarships. Each year we award thousands of scholarship dollars to qualified program participants, including a full ride scholarship for a Fall or Summer program. Refer to our Scholarships information for details.

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