Australia Centre offers an unforgettable experience of Australian life and culture and gives students the opportunity to study a diverse range of topics in Lennox Head, New South Wales. Lennox Head is one of the most pristine beachside villages on Australia's East coast. Students live and take classes at the Lake Ainsworth Sport and Recreation Centre, approximately 100 meters from the ocean.
Australia Centre is open to students of all majors. Students take courses taught by Australian faculty, as well as the option to take one course taught by the Ball State Faculty Director. Some of these courses do satisfy CORE curriculum requirements. Additionally, field excursions are integral to students’ coursework. Students have the opportunity to participate in community service, allowing for engagement in community projects and further enhancement of cultural immersion.
Students must register for at least 12 credit hours in classes listed below. At least 3 courses must be from the Australian faculty member. All students are required to enroll in Australian Life and Culture.
AUSTRALIAN LIFE AND CULTURE (GEOG 121 or HIST299X)
Team-taught by Australian faculty, this is a required class. It is offered in order to give students a better understanding of the socio-cultural differences that exist between Australia and the United States. Attendance in the Wednesday trips out of Lennox Head is a requirement of this course. (3 credits)
MARINE BIOLOGY (BIO 420)
Taught by Danny Bucher, University of Southern Cross, this course will focus on the dynamics of life in the bio zones of reef systems, tidewater pools, mangrove swamps, etc. Effects of human activity and technology on these systems will be addressed and environmental ethics will be discussed. Laboratory and field activities are integral to this course. This course is limited to 19 students. (3 credits)
WILDLIFE BIOLOGY (BIO 420A)
Taught by David Newell, University of Southern Cross, this course will be an introduction to the vertebrate fauna of Australia’s subtropical east coast. The methods used to detect and conserve these fauna will be taught through a series of field trips and lectures. The principals of conservation biology will be explained and supported with case studies of environmental consequences of human activity. This course is limited to 19 students. (3 credits)
WORLD LITERATURE (ENG 205) Prerequisite: ENG 104 or 114
This course is taught by Sacha Gibbon. The study of Western and non-Western literature as imaginative expressions of vision and values. You will be introduced to key authors and issues in world literature. A range of fictional and non-fictional writing modes is examined in conjunction with weekly critical readings in literary studies.(3 credits)
HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT (GEOG 360 or SPTAD 402)
This course will focus on working within frameworks appropriate to the coordination and implementation of events connected with fund raisers, conventions and sports competition. Students will be working with the residents of Lennox Head in designing a fundraising event which will culminate in the event itself. (3 credits)
LIFESPAN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT (EDPSY 270) *FALL 2013 ONLY*
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). Each student will be responsible for 3 glossary entries and no longer than 4 minutes each. Once compiled, the CD can be left with community organizations and used at BSU for future lifespan courses. (3 credits)
*indicates Ball State Director taught course. This course will change each semester.
Honors students interested in the possibility of transforming or augmenting a course to satisfy Honors College requirements 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.
Students live in shared cabins (4-5 students/cabin) at Lake Ainsworth Sport & Recreation Camp. The cabins are fully furnished and equipped with a full bath and kitchen, allowing participants to prepare meals. Bed linens are provided.
Every 2 weeks students receive a meal stipend of approximately $200 (US) for grocery shopping or purchasing meals in local restaurants. Funds are deposited into an account at the Ball State Credit Union and students withdraw the stipend at ATMs per the current exchange rate.
Cultural Package (e.g., course-related field excursions)
Students who wish to receive financial aid or apply scholarships to the program cost must set up an appointment to meet with Judy Nichols or Janet Trimble in the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid (Lucina Hall, Room 245). Appointments can be made by calling (765) 285-5600.
How to Apply:
Interested students can pick up an application packet at the Rinker Center for International Programs, Student Center, Room 102. Our office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the academic year. A member of the study abroad office staff will go over the application procedures during your visit.
A $500 non-refundable program deposit will be required at the time you turn in your application. This deposit is credited toward your program fees. The remaining program fees will be charged to your eBill account at this time. The tuition portion of the program will be added to your eBill when tuition bills are normally assessed for your term of study.
Program Links/ Media
2010 Australia Centre Student Documentary by James Richman