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Australia Studies Centre


Adventure! Academics! Australia!


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  



  • Sophomores, juniors, seniors
  • 2.75 GPA or higher


  • Courses earned may meet general education or major requirements
  • Courses taken will appear on Messiah transcripts with letter grades.
  • 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.

Costs 2014-2015 

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 Pre-Approval Deadlines

Spring 2015 – April 1, 2014

Fall 2015 - December 1, 2014


Australia Studies Program Deadlines

Spring 2015 - December 1, 2014

Rolling admissions; students are strongly encouraged to apply early


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“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.”

--Kelly Carmack



To learn more about The Best Semester program in Australia, check out:

CIA World Fact Book: Australia



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