Spotlight on Australia
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Spotlight on Australia

A guide to custom programs in Australia

In a physical sense, Australia may be a world away from the United States, but it is among the most accessible and welcoming destinations on the planet. Vast, well-developed, and famously fun, the greatest challenge in going down under is choosing from so many regions and courses of study with limited time. After all, this isn’t just a country, it’s a continent too!

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Customize Your Program

Designing Your Custom Program

We believe this kind of learning experience demands a unique travel itinerary, and that’s why we specialize in customized travel programs. Whether its J-term, spring break, May-mester, etc., our program development team, alongside our Global Academic Team, will consult with you to translate your curriculum into a one-of-a-kind learning experience that will deliver the educational outcome you’re looking for. From selecting your destination to identifying interactive experiences that bring your classroom to life, our thematic approach ensures that your goals drive every decision we make together.

A Personal Partner

Once your program is developed, you’ll work directly with an account manager who will be your champion, working directly with our large team of logistical experts, curriculum specialists, and on-the-ground partners. Our loyal clients see their account managers as an integral part of their own university teams, ensuring that your program is uniquely yours each and every year.

Meet our VP of Program Development

JeDSC_7280nnifer Fisher leads a team of WorldStrides’ program development specialists, working directly with new university clients to globalize their curriculum with short-term faculty-led cultural immersion experiences. Jen brings a passion for customized curriculum solutions to this role after more than 20 years working with institutions of higher learning.

To begin customizing your program, give us a call at 1-800-422-2368.

Topics to Explore

In Australia, you might choose to explore some of the following topics:

Finance

Australia’s banking industry is dominated by banks commonly known as “the Big Four” and it has delivered substantial return on shares during the most recent economic downturn. None of these has an investment arm, and all are heavily dependent on profits from home mortgages. Meet with finance experts down under to discuss this risk/reward scenario in the Australian market.

Aboriginal History and Art

Some experts estimate that as many as a million Aboriginal people lived in Australia at the time of their first contact with European settlers. They were organized into distinct groups around cultural and linguistic lines. Study the history of these early residents, including their uninterrupted tradition of art, which dates back to 28,000-year-old rock paintings!

Biodiversity

One of seventeen “megadiversity” countries in the world, Australia offers a tremendous opportunity to see (and discuss preservation of) a huge variety of animals and plants. Study the ecological niche of the kangaroos in the “Red Centre” desert, for example, or the Tasmanian Devil in the eucalyptus forest. Consider the environmental pressures on the Great Barrier Reef, and the current efforts underway to limit damage to the area.

 

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Australia Now
Australia Now

Because of its size and sophistication, it’s difficult to paint Australia with any one brush. The economic and geopolitical issues here are nuanced; Australia is a major player in the world with a varied and strong economy. Most of the population lives in exciting cities on the Aussie coast, but the enormous landmass begs to be explored by scientists of all stripes. And though its role in the world as we know it began relatively late (colonization began in 1770), the aboriginal and prehistoric history of the land is well-studied.