Australia Studies Centre
This semester-long program, sponsored by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, allows students to explore Australian culture while living with Australian families and taking classes alongside Australian students at Christian Heritage College in Brisbane. “Brisbane is not only a beautiful river city filled with ferries and bridges and sky-scrapers and quirky art installations, but it’s foot-friendly and built for adventure and outdoor experiences. Brisbane is also (close to) . . . the Great Barrier Reef, Frazier Island, the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast, and Surfer’s Paradise, the Scenic Rim and Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo.” - BestSemester
Christian Heritage College offers courses in:
DRAMA: Australian Drama, Drama History, Costume Design, Sound and Lighting, Expression.
EDUCATION: Early, Primary, Middle and Secondary.
ENGLISH: Christian Writers, Australian Literature, European and American Literature, Creative Writing.
HISTORY: Australian History, World History, China and Japan, European History.
SOCIAL SCIENCES: Counseling, Youth Work, Human Services, Chaplaincy, Community Development, Human Behaviour, Biblical Studies.
MINISTRIES: Ministry Foundation, Ministry Formation, Practical Ministry, Ministry Leadership, Social Justice.
Browse the 2014 course guide.
Students will meet their third language/cross-cultural requirement by participating in this program. Students will not earn 3 credits, rather the requirement will be waived.
Because of the high cost of this program, participation is capped at 9 students per academic year.
Messiah tuition, room, board, plus $1,700 off-campus study fee.
Fee covers tuition, housing, meals, educational excursions, pre-departure, and re-entry orientation. Note: additional fees students may encounter include (but are not limited to) local transportation, visas, passports, immunizations, and course fees.
Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from this program.
Messiah Application Deadlines
Spring 2015 – April 1, 2014
Fall 2015 - December 1, 2014
Begin the application process here!
“The most rewarding and interesting part of my experience was finding God in what seemed to be very vacant spaces. On our trip to the Outback it was amazing to see how deep and rich God's creation is.”
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