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Ball State Australia Centre
Brisbane, Australia; Cairns, Australia; Sydney, Australia
Program Terms: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2015 03/01/2015** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission notification. Applicants will be notified of acceptance and be able to complete post-decision materials as admission decisions are made.
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2 Click here for a definition of this term Class Status: Sophomore
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Language Courses Offered: None
Click here for a definition of this term Prior Language Study Required: None Click here for a definition of this term Academic Subject: Anthropology, Education, Natural Resources, Psychology
Program Type: Ball State
Program Description:

Australia Centre

Faculty Director:
Dr. Lisa Huffman, Associate Professor of Psychology--Educational Psychology

Program Dates:
May 10, 2014 – June 28, 2014

Course Credit(s):

Students register for the 3 courses listed below. Each course is worth 3 credits.

Australian Natural Resources: Environment and Society (NREM 101)
This course is taught by Dr. William Loh, University of South Australia. Human management and exploitation of Australian natural resources stared 50,000 years ago by Aboriginal Australians and accelerated with industrial farming and mining after European settlement in 1788.  This course will follow the management of Australia’s natural resources from a cultural and ecological perspective to learn about the impact of human society on this continent.  Our goal is to understand how Australians have managed their natural resources and to question whether they are sacrificing the environment for population growth, economic gain, or lifestyle, or finding a balance by managing their resources sustainably.

Australian Anthropology (ANTH 111)
Taught by Dr. Amanda Kearney, University of New South Wales, the purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the study of anthropology and globalization within an Australian context.  We will begin by discussing the localized histories of the discipline of anthropology in Australia, as well as the nuances of Australian cultural life that have impacted on and heavily shaped the discipline and our understandings of social life, human rights, the state and settler-colonialism. As a dual focus throughout this course, globalization is introduced and examined from a localized Australian context, and south-east Asian and international focus.  

Lifespan Human Development: (EDSPY 27)
Taught by Dr. Lisa Huffman, Ball State University, this course is designed to be a group project, providing students who enroll in this course with an overview of developmental research and theory.  Students will explore developmental concepts within the domain of physical, cognitive, and social development.  Within each domain we will examine important developmental trends and changes beginning with conception through late adulthood and aging. The project will create a visual/digital glossary to illustrate key concepts of human development.  It will include video-based and/or animated clips of human behavior that is intended to illustrate key concepts discussed in a human development textbook (e.g., object permanence, generativity, and attachment).

*Honors students interested in the possibility of transforming or augmenting a course to satisfy an Honors College requirement should contact Dr. John Emert, Associate Dean of Honors College. Permission will be given on an individual basis and will depend on the student’s past honors work, current honors work, and overall plan of study.

Program Description:

Tropical, wild and rugged, Queensland's Far North is a stunning destination and tourist mecca. Though geographically small, the region contains the richest pocket of bio-diversity in Australia, if not the world. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park offers spectacular reefs, and the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area contains ancient rainforest and pristine white-sand beaches. Cairns, distinguished as an international and domestic player in both tourism and business is the centre of tourism for the region and is packed with hotels, restaurants and shops catering to the tourism industry. Additionally, this region is renowned for its myriad of day tours and adventure activities - white water rafting, bungee jumping, scuba diving, bush walking, trail riding and much more. Inland from Cairns is the picturesque Atherton Tableland, teeming with waterfalls and natural beauty.

Brisbane, Queensland's capital city is built upon the banks of the Brisbane River. The city bustles as a major centre for the arts, a shopper's dream and a gourmet's delight. You can cuddle a koala, see sheep shearing or hand feed wild dolphins at Tangalooma Island Resort. As the base for the busy surrounding tourist destinations, Brisbane provides the perfect beginning for discovering the many wonders of South - East Queensland. Brisbane is Australia's third largest city. Brisbane enjoys a sub-tropical climate of hot humid summers and mild dry winters. On the banks of the Brisbane River, the city's suburbs sprawl out to Moreton Bay and through the foothills of the D'Aguilar Range. Lookouts on Mt Coot-tha offer excellent views of Brisbane and its suburbs. In the heart of the city is Queen Street shopping mall, and the city is compact and easy to explore. Brisbane is a scenic city, surrounded by hills and lookouts, with several impressive bridges spanning the Brisbane River.

Sydney is the most populous city of Australia and is built around Sydney Harbour, leading to its’ nickname, "the Harbour City". It is most noted for the Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge and beaches such as Bondi. With 240 days of warm sunshine and multiple fun activities to choose from, many view Sydney as Australia's favourite city. The city itself is surrounded by national parks (with majestic mountain ranges & the World Heritage Rainforests of the Blue Mountains), contains many bays (such as the endless white sandy beaches of Port Stephens), and rivers and inlets (making it a delightful wine growing area such as the Hunter Wine Valley). There are also outback koala and animal farms, and fruit picking orchards. Between the museums, shops, dinning, harbour cruses, botanic gardens, beaches, historic sites, and eco-delightful surroundings, Sydney is endlessly discoverable. Sydney is Australia’s centre for film and media. Many of the landmarks in Sydney have been referenced, shown and the setting for countless films and television programs. Sydney also has a wide amount of references to films that have been set in the city, the most famous being Finding Nemo, which was set in the famous Sydney Harbour.

Housing and Meals
Students will be quartered in shared hotels located within walking distance of laundry, telephone, internet, and local sites.  Students will be provided with most breakfasts and some lunches and dinners, and will need to dine independently for unscheduled meals.

Round-trip transportation will originate in and return to Indianapolis.  In Australia transportation connected with program activities will be paid from the trip costs.

2014 Estimated Cost:  $11,223 Program Fee + 9 hours BSU Tuition

(Tuition charges based on residency and Undergrad/Grad status)

The program fee includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Round trip airfare from Indianapolis
  • Ground transportation
  • Some meals (47 breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 4 dinners)
  • Site visits as documented in the itinerary
  • One cell phone with $50 talk-time. Unless otherwise requested.

Application Process:
Interested students can meet with John Jensen in the Study Abroad Office (Student Center, Room 102), to discuss the program or click "Apply Now" above to start an application. Appointments can be made by emailing