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The Australian Semester
TEAN offers a unique Australian semester study abroad experience designed to provide students with a program that is academically rigorous and visits multiple locations while remaining surprisingly affordable. Over 12 weeks students experience an academic setting at one of Australia’s top universities in Sydney, spend time learning in Cairns by the Great Barrier Reef, and have the option to pursue a personalized independent research study. Throughout the program TEAN’s experienced local staff provide support and cultural facilitation through ongoing meetups and included cultural activities.
Experience an affordable semester in Australia with tuition and program fees costing only $8,965 for 2017. The program provides unbeatable value compared to other semester study abroad options, as TEAN and its partner, the University of Kentucky (UK), strive to make a semester in Australia accessible to all students.
Earn 12 credits in a 12-week program designed to fulfill general education requirements with course offerings spanning film, literature, photography, economics, music and environment from an Australian perspective.
Take advantage of a unique academic structure that allows you to spend your final three weeks pursuing an independent research project or additional course.
Live in Sydney, with three weeks of the semester spent in Cairns by the Great Barrier Reef, to experience two dynamic and diverse locations and gain a firsthand understanding of Australia’s society and environment.
Finish the semester by the end of March - this is ideal for students on the quarter system or those with summer commitments!
Benefit from TEAN’s in-country staff who meet with you regularly and are available 24/7.
With courses taught in three-week blocks, students spend the first six weeks living and learning on the University of New South Wales campus taught by local faculty who are leaders in their fields along with UK faculty. Being based in Sydney over Summer you’ll be able to soak up the sun and culture in this bustling capital of 4.4 million situated on the stunning Sydney Harbour. Take time to appreciate the city’s impressive diversity, art and food scenes – there’s always something going on!
From weeks seven through nine, students move to Cairns where they can study the unique features of this environment or take a photography course in one of the most photogenic locations in the world. More than just the tourist mecca of north Queensland, Cairns offers students unparalleled opportunities to study and interact with the region’s unique environment and ecosystems, including the Great Barrier Reef.
Students then return to Sydney for a final three weeks and take their fourth course, while living off-campus in city accommodation.
This is a 12-week semester consisting of four courses. Students take courses in block mode as modules, with each course being taught intensively within three weeks. This means that students only take one course at a time. All courses will appear on a University of Kentucky transcript.
Module One – Based in Sydney
All students take this course.
An Introduction to Australian Society (3 credits)
Taught by local Australian Faculty
This course is designed to introduce students to some of the main features of contemporary Australian society and cultural life, discussing how the present is shaped by Australia’s distinctive history and by global trends. The course you will engage students in a traditional lecture format but also visit sites of cultural and social significance. Students will be introduced to the scholarly literature related to Australian society and the course will also use media resources, popular culture and experiential learning to reflect on key social issues and to examine a particular community group. The course deals with a wide range of social issues, and students will have considerable scope to focus on questions of interest to you. Some of the key features of Australian society discussed include multiculturalism, urban-rural distinctions, the political system and philosophies, inequality and exclusion, patterns of cultural consumption, and international linkages.
Module Two – Based in Sydney
Students will select one of the following courses:
Sport, History and Australian Culture (3 credits)
Taught by Professor Richard Cashman, University of Technology, Sydney
Australian sport provides a novel lens through which the history and culture of the country can be viewed. Sport enriches Australian culture, feeds into Australian identity and creates important imagined communities. Although Australian sport has many features in common with U.S. and global sport, it is accessed, appropriated in differing and even unique ways from other societies. The course will also explore why public bodies, including governments, invest so much in it. The course will also critically evaluate how Australian sport intersects with politics, commerce, gender, race and ethnicity. There will be discussion of controversies, debates and challenges that have faced and will continue to confront sport and Australian society.
Geography of the Global Economy (3 credits)
Taught by UK Faculty
This course reviews the globalization of the world economy as a historical process with specific local regional and national outcomes. It introduces students to the factors and dynamics of ongoing globalization of the economy.
Creativity and Innovation in Rock Music: History and Sociology (3 credits)
Taught by David Lewis, Australian Institute of Music
This class is intended to foster an appreciation of the arts, particularly rock music, and promote an understanding of the historical and cultural contexts within western civilization as well as provide a window into Australian culture. Students will learn to think about, describe, interpret, and analyze a wide variety of the musical genres and local Australian artists that they encounter on a daily basis. Students will also have the opportunity to create their own music or lyrics in connection to topics discussed in class.
Module three – Based in Cairns
Students will select one of the following courses:
Intro to Global Environmental Issues (3 credits)
Taught by UK Faculty
This course addresses environmental questions of global importance including population growth, resource consumption, environmental degradation, biodiversity conservation, toxic contamination, and environmental justice.
Introduction to Digital Photography (3 credits)
Taught by Daniel Linet, Australian Institute of Photography
Offered in Cape Tribulation and Cairns, Australia, Art Studio 300 is an introductory course in digital photography. Although it provides a thorough background in basic techniques that students may apply to any photographic approach, its primary emphasis is upon the practice of the medium as a fine art. Students receive technical instruction in cameras and lenses, exposure controls, digital processing of images, and presentation. Students should expect to spend at least seven hours per week outside of class time in shooting, processing, and printing/ preparing images. Fieldwork will be conducted in Cairns utilizing locations like the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforest in Cape Tribulation.
Module Four – Based in Sydney
Students will select one of the following courses:
Literature and Film: An Australian Perspective (3 credits)
Taught by Prof. Roslyn Jolly, University of New South Wales
This course explores the relationship between two creative traditions, literature and film, focusing on film adaptations of literary works for the screen. The course will be organized around three modules. The first module will introduce broadly some of the theoretical concepts related to the study of adapted texts, focusing on a classic novel and a dramatic text. The second module will explore a case of multi-generic adaptation, in which a modern novel adapted from a classic text has itself been adapted to film. The third module will focus on the adaptation of Australian texts, considering issues specific to Australian literature and the Australian film industry. Viewing of films outside class is required.
Approaches to Australian Art (3 credits)
Taught by Janelle Evans, The University of Sydney
This course introduces some of the preoccupations of Australian art in the years since colonisation. Issues to be discussed include: the notion of the artist as a recorder in the 18th and early 19th centuries; the ways in which art was marshalled into the fin de siecle search for a national identity; the changing perceptions of what ‘legitimate’ Australian art may be; the different (and changing) perceptions of gender in Australian visual culture; ideas of what may be ‘modern’ in an Australian context; the yearning of the colonial artists to succeed at international centres of Empire; the impact of non-British traditions on Australian art, the growth of an appreciation of different aspects of Indigenous cultures and their impact on how Australian art is seen today.
Australian Environment, Wildlife and Conservation (3 credits)
Taught by Dr. Rosalie Chapple, Blue Mountains Wilderness Institute
From its rainforests, coastlines and coral reefs to its arid interior, Australia offers a diverse range of natural and cultural landscapes and ecosystems to explore. Evolving from origins in ancient Gondwana and millions of years of geographic isolation, Australia boasts geographical and natural features found nowhere else in the world. This program allows an unparalleled opportunity for students to receive a first hand introduction to Australia’s environment and wildlife through the eyes of local experts. This course is contextualized within the global ecological crisis and considers the development of environmental values and awareness and describes environmental controversies and how they are addressed. In consideration of these issues, Australia’s unique flora and fauna are examined and the various climatically varied regions visited are highlighted throughout the course. The program outlines and exposes students to the challenges in managing natural and cultural heritage in the 21st century. Aboriginal perspectives of the Australian landscape and their cultural ties to the environment are explored, along with how these considerations are incorporated into management of natural parks.
- 2.5 GPA.
- Currently enrolled in a two-year or four-year degree-granting institution.
Housing and Meals
Students live in on-campus student dormitories for the first six weeks at the University of New South Wales where you will also have classes. This accommodation includes two meals per day. In Cairns and for the final three weeks in Sydney, you will be housed in off-campus apartments or student accommodation. Internet is provided in all accommodations.
Upon arrival students are provided with a one-day Orientation program including informative sessions and cultural activities.
Cultural Activities and Events
Acknowledging the importance of experiencing the local culture, a variety of social and cultural activities are included in the program. These complement the included academic field trips within the courses. Events are a mix of arts, music and sports presenting a cross-section of Australian society. Students will enjoy a symphony at the Sydney Opera House, experience a professional rugby game, visit the New South Wales art gallery and attend a theatrical performance.
TEAN Services and Support
Upon arrival in Sydney, students are met by our on-site staff, who provide assistance throughout your time in Australia. Through informal meetups and excursions, our staff is readily available and able to assist students with any academic, social or cultural issues. For any urgent situations TEAN staff are available 24/7.
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
Spring 2017 dates
|Application Deadline||Nov 1, 2016|
|Date of Departure||Jan 2, 2017|
|TEAN Orientation||Jan 5, 2017|
|Classes Start||Jan 6, 2017|
|Module One (Sydney)||Jan 6||Jan 20|
|Module Two (Sydney)||Jan 23||Feb 10|
|Module Three (Cairns)||Feb 13||March 3|
|Module Four (Sydney)||March 6||March 24|
|Program Ends||Mar 25|
Fees & Inclusions
Tuition and Program Fee: $8,965
Meal Plan: $1,250
- Full tuition
- Housing and two meals a day for first 6 weeks
- Medical, travel and accident insurance
- Orientation program upon arrival in Sydney
- Cultural events scheduled throughout the semester
- Official University of Kentucky transcript at program conclusion for all courses
- All course-related travel and transportation – including the flight to Cairns
- All field experience related expenses (transport, accommodation, entrance fees etc)
- Student utility fees
- Airport reception and transfers from Sydney International Airport
- Staff and resources available 24/7 to provide assistance and recommendations during emergencies
- Suggestions for weekend activities and excursions
- Pre-departure planning sessions and assistance from U.S.-based TEAN staff including pre-departure guidance for students and immigration visa assistance
What’s Not Included
- International flights to and from Australia
- Passport fees, flight taxes and airport departure taxes
- Textbooks and/or reading materials
- Personal spending money
- Meals in final 6 weeks
We Love Australia
A train ride to the Blue Mountains is a really fun one day or weekend getaway. There are a lot of hikes you can do in the area, or you can plan and book activities like canyoning. There are plenty of accommodation options, including youth hostels if you want to make a trip out of it.
Where have you traveled through Asia Pacific?
I have traveled to Australia multiple times on work trips with TEAN. Outside of Australia I’ve had the incredible opportunity to visit Thailand and Singapore. We have a TEAN employee travel incentive program that encourages our team to spend holiday time in the countries where we work.
What has been a favorite memory from your travels?
During a free day while traveling with one of our summer programs in Australia, I swam in the Pacific ocean with sea turtles and tiger sharks. It was the first time I had scuba dived and it was so incredibly beautiful under the water. Our new Australian Orientation Excursion in Cairns includes an introductory dive on the Great Barrier Reef, so I hope all of our students get to share in the kind of experience I had.
What is your favorite travel or study abroad quote and why?
It’s some variation on “Everything you learned while you were abroad doesn’t stay where you studied. You will always have it with you and must apply it to your life back home.” I heard it during an Lessons From Abroad conference re-entry session and it truly was a turning point in getting over my post-program reverse culture shock.
What is your advice for a student who is on the fence about studying abroad?
Get off the fence and get onto a plane! Jokes aside, my advice would be to absolutely do it, against all odds. Traveling in general, but specifically studying abroad, shakes up your world in a way that only leaving your home country can. Your entire foundation of who you think you are and what the world is like is tilted, and you’re able to rebuild it all within completely new parameters. Studying abroad is still the most productive and transformative thing I’ve done.
What one song belongs on your ‘study abroad soundtrack’ and why?
If I have to give a shout out to only one; I’ll say Ribs by Lorde (who is from Auckland, New Zealand by the way). The song is hauntingly nostalgic and contemplative around youth and hanging onto precious memories, particularly from childhood. It’s a nod towards the days of being innocent. Studying abroad is akin to that same sentiment because it is a chance to be innocent, and new again, in your adult life. The experiences you have while studying abroad are invaluable and in the shock of it ending all you want is to get them all back to relive on repeat. The lesson is that you’ll never lose them; like childhood memories, they’ll always be with you.
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Sydney Fish Market
If you like seafood, you have to visit the Sydney Fish Market. They are open daily from 7am. You can get food to eat there, and they have a seating area. Or buy fresh seafood for takeaway.
Surry Hills Library
When you get tired of the Library on campus try this local public library out. Surry Hills library is modern and located in the suburb of Surry Hills surround by great cafes, coffee shops, and pubs.