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Australia Summer Program

Australia Summer

Experience Australia through the lens of the Australian educational system and an exciting two-week Queensland Tropical Coast and Outback trip!

This course offers an experiential introduction to Australian education, a four-week program introducing students to an international, comparative perspective on schooling patterns, and unique insights into the Australian way of life. 

City, Country 

Sunshine Coast, Magnetic Island, Cairns, The Outback, Australia




 June 11 - July 12, 2014


2.5 GPA

Application Deadline


Summer Admission: April 1, 2014

To apply, please complete and submit to SUNY Cortland:

SUNY Study Abroad Application

The Course Approval Form (due May 1st) is to be submitted by SUNY Cortland students only. Non-Cortland students must speak with their home campus study abroad office for information on the course approval process.

Non-Cortland students must return completed Judicial Review and Code of Conduct forms.

Travel Information

2014 Dates

Depart the United States no later than: June 11, 2014 (note: it takes two days to fly from the United States to Australia, so you must leave by June 11 to arrive by June 13, 2014). 

Arrive in Brisbane, Australia no later than: June 13, 2014. Overnight in Brisbane. Be prepared to meet the program director and group bus at 9:30 AM Australian time on Saturday, June 14th at designated pick-up.

Contemporary Issues in Australian Education Course: Tuesday, June 17th- Friday, June 27th, 2014 

Tropical Coast and Outback Trip: Saturday, June 28 - Sunday, July 13, 2014 

Program Costs

2014 Budget

Program Course Information

Part 1 of the course, participants will engage with Australian educators and leaders in discussions about the Australian and Queensland education systems, school teaching and learning in a variety of contexts and on all levels, and contemporary issues in education.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in 11 public school sector visits, encompassing diverse school contexts and settings.  To complement these visits, local practicing workplace educators will facilitate a series of six discussions on indigenous education, systems human resources management, special education, curriculum design, remote area teaching, and senior school administration.

Part 2 of the course, the Queensland Tropical Coast and Outback Bus Trip, will offer students a unique insight into the Australian way of life, providing a good understanding of Australia and its people.  The trip is designed to put students directly in touch not only with the multi-cultural diversity of Australians, but also with Australia’s historical, geographical, political, and demographic attributes.  Among other activities, students will learn about indigenous Aboriginal culture, visit an outback distance education school and a variety of remote area schools, and stay at a working outback cattle station.  Students will obtain an appreciation of some of Australia’s diverse ecosystems by snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, riding on the world renowned tropical rainforest Kuranda Skyrail, and of course, traverse many miles through the outback.

Academic Credits 

Education students who successfully complete this program will earn six credits, which may come back as EDU 3XX credits that count as social science concentration or elective requirements.  Students from other disciplines are eligible to join this course.


Off campus apartment style shared housing with other program participants (2-3 bedrooms) with full kitchens in beautiful Newport Mooloolaba Holiday Apartments on the Sunshine Coast.



Get Excited for 2014! Although this video was taken by students participating in the Australia Student Teaching program, many of the scenes are from the Tropical Coast and Outback trip and at the Sunshine Coast.

2011 Australia Student Teaching Video

Program Advisor

Contact Gonda Gebhardt, SUNY Cortland Study Abroad Advisor, for any questions you may have.