Brisbane is the capital of the Sunshine State of Queensland and, with 1.1 million people, is Australia's third largest city. Lying at the heart of the most diverse and popular vacation region in Australia, Brisbane has a subtropical climate with average highs of 70 degrees in winter and 85 in summer. The city's imposing skyline rises above the Brisbane River, and its streets offer all the excitement of a modern cosmopolitan center: museums, cafes, shopping, and nightlife. While the city boasts ultra-modern high-rises, it has also preserved the charm of its 19th century architectural legacy. Brisbane is not only a vacation destination, it is a thriving commercial and cultural center. The city has so much to offer: beaches, river walks, gardens and wildlife parks with the country's largest population of koalas. Excellent public transportation makes popular recreational destinations easily accessible. Moreton Bay, nearby islands and surf beaches are all within a few minutes. The Gold Coast and Sunshine Coasts are easily reached, too. West of the city, you can explore rain forests, national parks, bush lands, and vast lakes.
Australian Catholic University (ACU) provides a low faculty-to-student ratio, unlike most large public Australian universities. You will be part of a friendly, small campus where you'll have access to excellent student support services. Though founded as a Catholic college, ACU is a public university open to all, providing quality education. The Brisbane campus, located in the suburb of Banyo, is 50 minutes from the city center and easily reached by public transportation. The campus has quality teaching facilities and state-of-the-art computer labs. Students will be awarded Fairfield credit and grades for work completed at ACU. Grades will be reported on your transcript and will be computed into your Fairfield GPA. You can take a full load of three courses plus an internship while at ACU, and will earn 16 Fairfield University credits. Or, if you wish, you may take a fourth course instead of the internship and still earn 16 Fairfield University credits. Fairfield University, a Jesuit institution, is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Internships are available to all students. This opportunity provides hands-on work experience and an immersion into the Australian workplace. Sample placements have included: Nudgee Beach Environmental Center, the MS Society of Queensland, Wesley Hospital, Golf Management News, Basketball Queensland, as well as law, financial planning, and marketing firms. Once your placement has been assigned, you will work in collaboration with the internship coordinator, a faculty sponsor, and a workplace supervisor to ensure a meaningful, quality internship.
After arriving in Brisbane and getting settled in your housing, you will take part in a 10-day orientation program designed to introduce you to the ACU campus, the city of Brisbane, and Australian history and culture. You'll register for courses and interview for your internship placement. There will be time to enjoy gardens, parks, museums, and beaches as you become acclimated to your surroundings. Also included is a two-night stay at a Gold Coast beachfront hotel (double-occupancy accommodations) and a bush walk. There will be free time so that you can explore on your own.
Students are housed in shared apartments in Brisbane's lively city center. Apartments are fully furnished and equipped with bedding, towels, cooking utensils, dishes, and everything you need to get started. ACU is 50 minutes away by city bus.
Brisbane is a lively city with lots to do. Since you'll be living right in the downtown area, everything you need will be nearby, and a commuter bus or train will bring you to your classes at ACU in 50 minutes. ACU offers a variety of clubs, sports, and activities you can take part in. This is a great way to meet Australians and expand your circle of friends in Brisbane.
This program is open to all juniors or senior students who are in good academic and social standing at their home institution, and who can certify a grade point average of at least 2.8 or more on a 4.0 scale. This program is competitive, and applicants are expected to exhibit a high level of maturity, independence, and seriousness of purpose.
PROGRAM COST INCLUDES:
16 Fairfield University undergraduate credits and grades
Onsite student support with 24-hour emergency coverage
Pick up at airport nearest campus
Living accommodations in shared apartments with cooking facilities
Access to all student services and facilities
Study skills assistance/tutoring
Access to Fairfield University library resources online
Insurance, including full medical coverage and medical evacuation insurance
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The Trustees of the University reserve the right to change tuition rates and make additional changes whenever necessary.