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Australia Studies Centre

VISION

The Australia Studies Centre in Brisbane, Australia affords Gordon students the opportunity to integrate the firsthand observation and study of Austalian culture, history, religion, politics, and Indigenous cultures together with experiential service learning and formal instruction in Christian Studies, Business, Ministries, Social Sciences, Education, and Humanities.

The partnership between ASC and Christian Heritage College provides a wide range of courses, and the flourishing river city of Brisbane is Australia's third-largest city and fastest-growing economic center with a thriving arts scene. In this modern city, students will learn to connect their academic studies & their faith.

QUALIFICATIONS

The Australia Studies Centre is an interdisciplinary program which gives no preference to students in any particular field of study. Eligible students must:

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75
  • Have a sophomore standing at time of application
  • Possess a strong commitment to academics and Christianity

CREDITS

You will combine two core units designed especially for ASC students and two elective units or an internship.

Core Unit:

  • The View from Australia: 4 credits

Select One:

  • Australian Indigenous Worldviews: 4 credits
  • Indigenous Cultures in Australia and Aotearoa (New Zealand): 4 credits

2 Elective Units from the following: 8 credits

  • School of Christian Studies
  • School of Business
  • School of Education & Humanities
  • School of Liberal Arts
  • School of Ministries
  • School of Social Sciences

COST

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

  • Tuition (16 credit hours) & Fees
  • Room
  • Board
  • Program-related travel

Not included in regular tuition costs are such items as:

  • Flights
  • Passport and Australian Student Visa
  • Textbooks
  • Independent travel
  • Personal medical expenses, if incurred
  • Personal discretionary expenses

APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND DEADLINES

All Gordon students applying to a BestSemester 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 five days of the decision on your seat application.

After you've been approved by the Global Education Office proceed with the BestSemester application. BestSemester has a rolling admission policy. Fall applications are accepted until June 1 (or spots are filled).

SPRING SEMESTER:
Seat applications and interviews for fall semester programs must be submitted online by September 30. You will be notified within five days of the decision on your seat application.

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


Online Seat Application for Best Semester

This application requests information that will be used to evaluate your eligibility for an off-campus program. The College reserves the right to grant seats to applicants based on proven academic performance, moral maturity and personal motivation.

Please fill out the application form below with your information. Your responses to these questions will be used in evaluating your applications for a seat in an off-campus program. We encourage you to take your time and write considered responses to the personal statement questions.

1. Date of application:

2. Program:

3. Semester:

4. International Best Semester Programs fulfill Global Understanding when taken with COR210 before hand and COR211 afterwards. Do you wish to use this off-campus semester to fulfill Global Understanding Core?

Yes. I will register for COR210 New Perspectives in Crossing Cultures 1 (pre-departure) and COR211 New Perspectives 2 (re-entry).
No-BUT. Although I am fulfilling the Global Understanding Core in other ways, I DO want to attend the New Perspectives sessions.
No. I am fulfilling the Global Understanding Core through another course.
Not Applicable. My program is domestic.

5. Last Name:

6. First Name (Given Legal):

7. Middle Initial:

8. Gordon College ID #:

9. Gender:

Male
Female

10. Date of Birth:

11. Place of Birth:

12. Country of Citizenship:

13. Valid Passport:

Yes
No
Not necessary for my program

14. If yes, what is the expiration date on your passport?

15. Full Name exactly as it appears on passport:

16. Email Address:

17. Campus Mailing Address:

18. Campus Phone/Cell:

19. Parent/Guardian (Last, First, MI):

20. Parent/Guardian Phone:

21. Parent/Guardian Email

22. Parent/Guardian Address in full:

23. Emergency Contact if other than Parent/Guardian: (Provide Name, Address, Phone and Email in full)

24. Off Campus study can affect your eligibility for institutional, federal and state financial aid. Please check with your Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility status should you be accepted into an off-campus program.

I receive Financial Aid and will meet with my Financial Aid Officer to determine which forms of financial aid are transferable to this program.
I am not currently receiving any forms of financial aid.

25. Do you have any chronic physical conditions that require regular medical attention or that may be relevant for consideration in a program that requires physical activity such as walking, etc.?

Yes
No

26. Do you have allergies to foods, plants, etc.? Are there any prescription or non-prescription medications that you take regularly that you would anticipate needing while you are attending this program?

27. Do you have any learning disabilities you would like the program faculty to be aware of?

Yes
No

28. Current Class Level:

Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior

29. Expected Graduation Date:

30. Major Field of Study 1:

31. Major Field of Study 2:

32. Minor Field of Study:

33. Current Overall GPA (Grade Point Average):

34. Name of Major Advisor:

35. Major Advisor’s Email:

36. Name of Faculty Reference:

37. Faculty Reference’s Email:

38. Name of Student Affairs Reference (someone in Student Life or an RD - not an RA):

39. Student Affairs Reference's Email:

40. What is your motivation for participating in the program for which you are applying? How does the program meet your academic, personal and/or professional goals? (AT LEAST 250 words)

41. What in your past experience (international, educational or other) has prepared you for success in this program? What qualities or strengths do you possess that will contribute to your success in the program? (AT LEAST 250 words)

42. In the context of your own personal journey of faith, reflect upon your willingness to engage culturally diverse expressions of Christian experience. What is your experience with such engagement? (AT LEAST 250 words)

43. The program for which you are applying is structured with conditions of greater personal freedom than is normally the case in a Christian college environment. How are you likely to respond to this greater freedom? (AT LEAST 250 words)