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Australia Studies Centre

Offered fall and spring semester by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

Open to all majors by application. Ideal for International Business, Business Administration, and Entrepreneurship majors and minors.

See the CCS office for program costs, details and application process.

CURRICULUM Business majors and students interested in nonprofit management will take courses focused on business and economics of the Pacific Rim and will include at least one trip outside of Australia to places such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, and Indonesia. Through these trips, students will experience both financial centers and production centers and will confront issues of wealth, poverty, and ethics. Internships available fall semester. Courses may include Comparative Economic Systems, International Finance and/or Marketing, Business Ethics within a Christian Worldview, Cross Cultural Management, and Social Entrepreneurship. See the CCS office for more details.

ACCOMMODATIONS & DETAILS While in Sydney, students stay in residence halls at Excelsia College, living in communities that include students from three universities.

Dr. Don DeGraaf, Australia Studies Centre (ASC) Program Director, brings more than 20 years of experience in international education. He has worked throughout Asia and served as the director of off-campus programs at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a role he has held for 10 years. In his work in international education, DeGraaf has developed, managed, and/or led more than 350 student trips off-campus (both semester and short-term programs).

Sydney Opera House on the Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia on a cloudless day

This experience, like all CCS experiences, is subject to political and safety realities at the time of departure. CCS options can be physically and emotionally intense and stretching. Before enrolling, all participants should consult the disclosures on Physical Hardships of CCS.

SAU institutional aid (such as academic scholarships) does not apply to the Australia Studies Centre program. SAU students can apply for the SOCSOF grant or use their CCS benefit (if eligible). The Gilman Scholarship may also help fund the experience for students who are US citizens and Pell grant recipients. Please see the CCS office for program cost details.

NOTE: Students who are Pell Grant recipients and U.S. citizens may apply for the Gilman Scholarship (up to $5,000).  Attend a Gilman workshop with the CCS Director to learn how to apply for the scholarship.

To learn your next steps toward participating in this program, get an application from the CCS office and attend an International Semester workshop for important details in your planning.

Passport and immunizations required (both at additional cost); visa required.

CCS program costs do not include: tuition, passport, immunizations, or the $150 study abroad fee. The study abroad fee provides the basic international ID, insurance, travel photos and support services. For semester/summer abroad students without medical insurance, the Premium international ID card is required and costs $75.