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Lived Experience in Australia

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Sydney, Woolongong, Canberra,, Australia
Course # SA 10203
Duration Summer
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Summer 2018 06/06/18 to 06/26/18

Program Leader

Name Kristofer Chang Alexander

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed
Enrollment currently closed

Program Description
The program will return in 2020. 

Australia is a vast continent filled with hundreds of indigenous tribes. While these tribes do not share a common language, what they do share are similar health challenges. Currently, researchers and community leaders in Australia are increasingly engaging in community-based participatory research in hopes to find ways to lessen the health disparities for their indigenous people. This newfound emphasis on discovering the best way to help those who need help the most will set the stage for our study abroad experience.

We invite you to join us as we learn about the unique ways Indigenous Australians look at wellbeing as well as how this differs from the dominant Australian narrative. Our program is an immersive, 3-week, 6 credit hour experience which allows students to compare mainstream Australian health with indigenous Australian health as well as compare these groups with U.S. mainstream health and Native American health. These comparisons to the U.S. will help students gain a greater appreciation of the similarities and differences with Australian and American health disparities.

For our trip, students will engage in discussions with community leaders, learn valuable information through guest/traditional lectures, as well as interacting with indigenous and mainstream individuals firsthand.

We hope that you will join us on this exciting and unforgettable experience!

Academic Credit

6 Credits (Choose 2 Course Titles)

  • CSR 390 - Culture and Health
  • CSR 390 - Aboriginal Australian Health
  • CSR 390 - Native American Health
  • CSR 390 - International Health


In addition, students MUST enroll for a Spring Course that meets on Sundays from 12-3pm.

The 2-credit hour course is 8-weeks long and is required in order to do the summer study abroad.

We will meet on the following Sundays - January 21st & 28th, February 11th, 18th, & 25th; March 25th; April 8th, and 15th.

Once students are accepted into the program they receive permission to add the course to their schedules.


All undergraduates are eligible.


Program Cost


Cost includes:

6 credit hours of courses

travel within the country

Classroom supplies (journals and pens)

all housing

all excursions

daily breakfasts

daily dinners (excluding the days off)

Cost excludes:

Travel to Australia

Any activités outside the course.

Coffee addictions :)


Passport (if do not currently have passport)

Application Deadline

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