Australia

Australia Studies Centre

VISION

The Australia Studies Centre in Brisbane, Australia affords Gordon Business Majors an opportunity to take a variety of business courses while learning in (and about) the vibrant country of Australia.

The partnership between ASC and Christian Heritage College provides a wide range of courses while the flourishing river city of Brisbane which is Australia's 3rd largest city and fastest growing economic center.  Against the backdrop of this modern city with its thriving arts scene, students will learn how to make the cultural connections between what they're learning in the classroom and the place where they live.

Students live with Australian families in Brisbane and its surrounds, enabling them to experience Australian life firsthand. Generally two or more students stay in each homestay.

Note that the ASC is on a southern hemisphere schedule:

  • Fall Semester mid July - early November
  • Spring Semester mid February - early June 

QUALIFICATIONS

ASC is interdisciplinary and encourages students of various majors to apply. To be eligible you must:

  • Be a junior or senior Business/Econ/Finance Major
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Possess a strong commitment to academics and Christianity

CREDITS

A total of 16 credit hours are possible. 

Required Program Core:

  • The View from Australia: Issues in Religion, Politics, Economics & Cultural Values (4 cr) Required
  • Indigenous Cultures in Australia & Aotearoa (New Zealand) (4 cr) Required

Please note that the Australian Aboriginal Cultures is not accepted by Gordon.

Unit courses: select two 4 credit unit courses from the School of Business Curriculum. (see pp 7-11 of the ASC Unit Descriptions). A third unit

Global Understanding core credit can be fulfilled by this semester program when students participate in COR210 before departure and COR211 upon re-entry. Lab fees apply.

COSTS

The cost is generally equal to a 16 credit semester at Gordon and includes:

  • Tuition (16-18 hours of credit) & Fees
  • Room
  • Board
  • An allotment of $1200 toward round trip airfare
  • Program-related travel

Not included in regular tuition costs are such items as:

  • Passport
  • Australian Visa (approx. $600-700 AUS, subject to change)
  • Personal medical expenses, if incurred
  • A few weeks of local transport passes 
  • Health insurance, valid for entire length of stay/program dates
  • Personal discretionary expenditures, including personal travel and personal medical expenses
  • Textbooks 
  • Materials required for elective classes (e.g., art supplies, dance shoes, photography materials, etc.)
  • **Students with special dietary needs will have additional fees. Please see website:

APPICATION PROCEDURE & DEADLINES

All Gordon students applying to a BEST SEMESTER program must first submit an online seat application and have an interview with a staff member in the Global Education Office.

FALL SEMESTER: 
Seat applications and interviews for fall semester programs must be submitted online by March 15.You will be notified within 5 days of the decision on your seat application.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office proceed with the BEST SEMESTER's application. Best Semester has a rolling admission policy. Fall applications are accepted until May 1 (or spots are filled).

SPRING SEMESTER:
Seat applications and interviews for fall semester programs must be submitted online by September 15. (N.B. This date is earlier than the normal Spring deadline!) You will be notified within 5 days of the decision on your seat application.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office proceed with the BEST SEMESTER's application. Best Semester has a rolling admission policy. Spring applications are accepted until October 1 (or spots are filled).


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