In partnership with the Murdoch University, TEAN offers this comprehensive program for Kinesiology/Sports Science majors to combine an educational semester abroad with a professional internship and research experience in exercise science. Specially designed to offer ambitious students a well rounded semester abroad while focusing on hands-on work and research experience, crucial within the exercise science fields, the program provides internships in organizations (such as gyms and sports clubs) while research can center around topics (such as the use of blood flow occlusion to increase performance in trained cyclists and metabolic testing systems). Additionally, students also take two or three courses at Murdoch University. The entire experience is located in Perth on Australia’s west coast, where students can appreciate wonderful weather, beautiful beaches and a laid-back community feel combined with a sophisticated city that’s home to numerous cafes, restaurants and cultural activities.

Overview

Undertake an internship for 4 US credits that will entail 120 contact hours during the course of the semester working at an organization or internal clinic

Help with current university research related to kinesiology and sports sciences

Take 2-3 courses at Murdoch University within the School of Psychology & Exercise Science or other areas

Experience living in Perth, Australia - a beautiful city with an active outdoor lifestyle and population that is passionate about their sports

Participate in TEAN’s comprehensive Cairns/Great Barrier Reef Orientation Excursion prior to arriving in Perth. The experience includes a day out on the reef and orientation sessions designed to help you feel adjusted and ready to jump into your semester in Australia

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

Study and live on campus at Australia’s largest university campus, surrounded by native bush, yet with quick and easy access to city life and the beautiful west coast beaches

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 at Murdoch University Village which is comprised of 110 self-contained apartments with up to five bedrooms in each. Affectionately known as ”The Village,” it houses students from all over the world and is a melting pot of nearly 50 nationalities.


TEAN Staff

During the program you will meet with your Australia-based TEAN staff. 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.

University

About Murdoch University

  • Established in 1973, Murdoch University is ranked in the top 100 universities in the world under 50 years of age according to The Times Higher Education World University rankings. Murdoch is also ranked number 33 in the Times Higher Education Top 100 Most International Universities in the world.
  • Murdoch’s main South Street campus is set amongst a beautiful bush environment and covers nearly 600 acres, it is one of the largest campuses in Australia, yet is only a short train ride to the city and a quick bus ride to Perth’s incredible beaches.
  • Murdoch University’s veterinary science program is ranked in the top 50 in the world, and number one in Australia by the QS World University subject rankings, and was the first veterinary course in Australia to achieve accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association.
  • Murdoch University prides itself on its state of the art facilities including the AU$35 million Institute for Immunology and Infectious Diseases (IIID) at Murdoch University that is partially funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the cutting edge Media Arts Centre, which boasts facilities such as two digital TV studios, a newsroom, radio studios, video editing suites and recording studios.
  • Murdoch University is located in the suburb of Murdoch, just ten miles southwest of Perth’s Central Business District and five miles from the eclectic seaside city of Fremantle, where students enjoy numerous cafés, microbreweries, boutiques and weekend markets.
  • Murdoch’s modern campus has a strong community feel, while providing state-of-the-art facilities. The natural bushland setting provides peaceful courtyards that separate the buildings and are beautifully landscaped with native Australian trees and shrubs.

Courses

Courses

Academic Departments and Schools at Murdoch are divided into nine academic divisions: Public Policy and International Affairs; Engineering and Information Technology; Management and Governance; Arts; Health Professions; Psychology and Exercise Science; Education; Law and Veterinary and Life Science.

Below is a sample of Murdoch courses from the School of Psychology Exercise Science. For further details on the below courses see here on the Murdoch website. You are also eligible to select courses from other areas of study at Murdoch, provided you meet the prerequisites. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses see our course selection instructions. Students enroll in 2 – 3 courses for the semester, plus the internship course, which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.

BRD210 World of Sport
EXS102 Human Physiology
EXS103 Strength and Resistance Training
EXS124 Introduction to Sports Science
EXS201 Sport and Exercise Psychology
EXS202 Exercise Physiology I
EXS203 Health, Fitness and Performance Assessment
EXS204 Biomechanics I
EXS205 Acquisition of Skills and Motor Control
EXS206 Functional Human Anatomy
EXS301 Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology
EXS302 Exercise Physiology II
EXS303 Exercise, Programming and Prescription
EXS304 Biomechanics II
EXS305 Advanced Skills and Motor Control
EXS306 Physical Assessment and Rehabilitation
PSY141 Introduction to Psychological Science
PSY172 Introduction to Psychological Health and Wellbeing
PSY251 Psychology: Biological Bases of Behaviour
PSY286 Psychology: Human Development
PSY297 Psychology: Sensation and Perception
PSY389 Psychology: Drugs and Dependence
PSY391 Psychology: Individual Differences and Performance
PSY396 Psychology: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Internship

Internship

In addition to a minimum of two courses at Murdoch University, students will also complete an internship and research projects for additional credit. The internship will entail 120 contact hours during the course of the semester and will count for 4 US credits (3 Murdoch credits). Students will be placed according to their academic focus and interests in internships that provide engaging and hands-on opportunities to both further the student’s understanding of the material, work and working professionally. The internship will be combination of organization placement (with a sports clubs) and internal clinics/research projects

Current Research at Murdoch University include

  • Understanding training load within professional and semi-professional Australian League Footballers
  • The impact of high-intensity aerobic exercise on cognitive function in older adults
  • The impact of high-intensity resistance training on cognitive function in older adults
  • The use of interval training in pre-diabetes
  • Injury prevention programs in Cricket
  • Determination of visual ques associated with success in striking sports
  • The use of blood flow occlusion to increase performance in trained cyclists
  • Exercise Science Laboratory
  • Integrated climate and altitude chamber capable of simulating extreme environmental conditions
  • Metabolic testing systems
  • Monark, Wattbike and Velotron cycle ergometers
  • Treadmills
  • ECG systems

Rehabilitation, Strength and Conditioning Laboratory

  • HumacNorm Isokinetic Dynamometer
  • Swift timing gate technology
  • Fully equipped gym with Olympic lifting facilities

Performance Laboratory

  • 12 Camera Qualisys Motion Capture System
  • In-ground Kistler Force Plates
  • 8 lead Noraxon Telemetered EMG System
  • High speed video cameras
  • Vision occlusion glasses
  • 50m running track
  • Fully adjustable netting enabling the analysis of striking sports

Eligibility

Eligibility

  • 2.75 GPA. Students with a 2.5-2.75 are encouraged to apply and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution at the time of participation.
  • Freshmen and/or 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. In addition, 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 excursions organized during school breaks. Participating in these excursions will depend on your program dates and semester abroad.  

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

APPLICATION DEADLINES

TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.

Spring Deadline Nov 18
Fall Deadline April 23

Spring 2018

Date of Departure Feb 7
TEAN Orientation Feb 9 Feb 13
University Orientation Feb 15 Feb 23
Classes Begin Feb 26
Semester Break 1 Mar 26 Mar 30
Semester Break 2 Apr 23 Apr 27
Classes End Jun 1
Study Period Jun 4 Jun 8
Exam Period Jun 9 Jun 23
Program Ends Jun 24

Fees & Inclusions

Spring 2018

  • Tuition and services: $11,420*
  • Housing (on campus): $2,590 – $5,280

*Students have the option of taking 3 courses (opposed to 4) for a discount of up to $2,370 – pending approval from their home university.


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
  • Five-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 ($2,000)
  • Domestic airfare in US ($500)
  • Student visa ($450)
  • 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.


UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS

In addition to the above TEAN scholarships, Murdoch University provides an additional two AU$2,000 scholarships for the Fall semester. Any TEAN Murdoch students that apply for a TEAN scholarship will automatically be considered for these university specific scholarships.

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