If you have questions about this program, email the program leader listed below.

Winter in Australia

Program Details

The arrangements for the travel, housing, meals, excursions and course content of this program have been made by the leader. Questions about this program can only be answered by the program leader listed below.

Program Type Departmental
Program Location Sydney, Australia
Course # SA 10313
Duration Winter Break
Upcoming Program Dates
Winter Flex 2023 12/18/23 to 01/05/24

Program Leader

Name Evan Perrault
Email perrault@purdue.edu
Click here to enroll in this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice

Program Description

Escape the cold of a West Lafayette winter to enjoy some summer down under!  (Remember - it’s summer in Australia while it’s winter here in Indiana).  Plus, be one of the first to ring in the new year by watching the fireworks celebration over the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge.

We will be based in Sydney Dec. 18 - Jan. 5 (departure), and packing a lot into the Winter term time period.  The program will include: a Sydney Harbor Cruise and lunch, a visit to the Pylon Lookout and Museum of the Harbor Bridge, a historic walking tour of Sydney, a full-day excursion to the Blue Mountains and Featherdale Wildlife Park (where you can get up close with koalas and kangaroos), a tour of the Sydney Opera House, and a New Year's Eve Celebration to watch the fireworks over Sydney Harbor.

Two open, three-day weekends also allow you the opportunity to explore other parts of Australia on your own (e.g., the Great Barrier Reef) via the well-connected Sydney airport.  Or, stay around Australia’s largest city and enjoy the long summer days – maybe learning how to surf at the world famous Bondi beach – or enjoying many of the other beaches and restaurants the city/region has to offer.

The program cost includes student housing and an unlimited NSW OPAL metro card that provides travel on trains, buses, and ferries in the Sydney region.

The program has rolling acceptance and can only accept a maximum of 14 students – so be sure to get your $500 deposit in early to secure your spot!


What are past participants saying?

"This program was a life changing experience that created lasting memories and friendships. The manner in which the course blended real life experiences of Sydney and Australia allowed for an immersive cultural experience. Dr. Perrault's expertise in international travels made him a superb head of the program and he was an invaluable resource to have guide our class.  I would highly recommend this program for first-time study abroad students, like myself, as you will have outstanding mentorship directly available to you.  As our winter is Australia's summer, you will be able to take full advantage of the world famous beaches of Sydney that will absolutely take your breath away.  If there is a more enjoyable and fulfilling way to earn 3 college credit hours in 3 weeks, I have yet to come across it." (Chris B. - Winter Term 2022-23)

"This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is a great way to complete your communication requirements while getting to experience the amazing country of Australia. Since it's summer down under during our winter you can take advantage of the incredible weather at Bondi Beach, or walk around the famous Sydney Opera House while it's snowing in Indiana. Going on this adverture with fellow Boilermakers has led to long-lasting friendships and a unique experience that I truly don't think I could have gotten anywhere else." (Alainna F. - Winter Term 2022-23) 

Academic Credit

The course is SCLA 102 (Transformative Texts: Critical Thinking and Communication II: which is part of Cornerstone) and fulfills the UCC requirement for oral communication.  The theme for this three credit course is travel and adventure literature – with one of our adventure texts being about Australia!


Must be 18-years-old by the arrival date (Dec. 18).  No major requirement.  All majors are welcome!

Program Cost

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss.

The total program cost is estimated to be $4,610.  This is the estimated cost that will be billed to you by Purdue, and it already includes the study abroad program fee of $304.70, as well as the excursions described above, housing in Sydney, and an unlimited NSW OPAL metro card that provides travel on trains, buses, and ferries in the Sydney region.

Not included in this cost is airfare, and food/meals during your time in Sydney.  All housing/apartment accommodations will have kitchens for you to be able to cook your own meals.

Make sure to apply (if eligible) for the Purdue Moves Short Term Study Abroad Scholarship (see links below in the Financial Aid section) that can provide up to $2,000 toward the program cost.  The deadline to apply for those funds is October 1.

Application Deadline

October 4. You must be accepted into the program and have your deposit paid by this date.

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.