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  • Locations: Cairns, Australia; Melbourne, Australia; Sydney, Australia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:


What You Need To Know

The country of Australia offers enriching opportunities for students interested in the rich cultural exchange, fascinating heritage and Australia’s love of sport which is sometimes humorously described as “Australia’s national religion”. The unique environment and landscape of Australia (thought to be the oldest continent in the world) is home to one of the world’s oldest surviving cultures. This is particularly notable given that Australian Aboriginal people are thought to have lived on this land for at least 60,000 years. 

Combine this human diversity (and incredible sustainability) with the various waves of multi-ethnic migration which followed the British colonization of Australia in the late 1700s and a student will find a unique blend of world history and cultural difference. Most interestingly, Australians take great national pride in their philosophy of “sport for all”. In this egalitarian approach, a government-supported system funds an active lifestyle and continually focuses on nutrition and wellness from the recreational to the elite level. Because of this government intervention, it is no surprise that Australians enjoy a devotion to sport that encourages and facilitates an active and healthy lifestyle.

Check out the video from the 2014 program!
Check out the blog from the 2017 program!
Check out the information guide
for the 2017 program: Australia; Syracuse Abroad with Professor Burton.pdf

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Eligibility and Requirements

Undergraduate students in good academic standing at any accredited college or university are eligible to apply to this program.

*Maximum capacity for this program is 24 students.

Travel and Living

A group flight out of Dallas, TX is arranged for this program and included in the program fee. The flight departs out of Los Angeles International Airport. Students will be responsible for their own round trip transportation to Dallas, TX. All transportation within Australia is included in the program fee.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not purchase your airline ticket before receiving written notification from us that you can book your flight. You will have to present this notification if we cancel the program at a later date, and you want to be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.

Students are housed in shared rooms in hotel apartment suites in Melbourne. Rooms include full kitchen, laundry, and living area. Students are housed in triple share hotel rooms in Sydney. In Cairns, students are housed in dorm style rooms with kitchen facilities. Meals are not included except for a few group dinners.

*Travel and living arrangements are subject to change.  Syracuse Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.

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Australia: Sport, History, and Culture
SPM/SOC 300, 3 Credits, Undergraduate and Graduate

As part of this Syracuse Abroad program, students will learn through numerous academic lectures, site visits, and meetings/interactions with university professors, other students and industry professionals. Students will also explore four distinct regions across Australia while traveling to Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, and Daintree National Park. Numerous opportunities annually await Syracuse students looking to fully explore a foreign culture by attending major sporting events but also by learning from cultural exchanges with local Aboriginal leaders and by exploring the many beautiful World Heritage-listed tourism sites and tropical adventurous activities that abound in Australia.  Students will enjoy at least 3 university lectures at 3 different Australian universities in 3 different cities. New in 2017, students experienced Jungle Surfing (zip-lining) along with some other great recreation opportunities.

*It is the student's responsibility to confirm with their home school/college that the course(s) taken as part of this program will satisfy their degree requirements.

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Professor Rick Burton, Distinguished Professor in the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, will accompany students on this Study Abroad Program. He is SU's faculty representative to the NCAA and the ACC, and has written about Australia for the New York Times.  Professor Burton served as the Commissioner of the Australian National Basketball League (NBL) from July 2003 - September 2007, During his time with the NBL, TV rights fees were doubled, he signed a landmark collective bargaining agreement, instituted an expanded best of five play-off format and re-introduced the All Star game after a 6 year absence. Professor Burton was also the former Chief Marketing Officer for the U.S. Olympic Committee for the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics. Professor Burton loves Australia and has a wealth of knowledge on Australian History, Culture as well as Sport. 


 Program departs Dallas, TX  June 13, 2018 
 Program ends & departs from Cairns   June 30, 2018
 Application Deadline:  February 10*

*Applications received after February 10 will be considered if there is still space in the program.


 Tuition  $3,603 (2017 rate)
 Program Fee   $4,900 (estimated 2018) 
 Total  $8,503 (estimated)

Please note: All costs are estimated and subject to change.

Additional Financial Information: We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:

Books & Supplies: $50
Personal: $300
Meals: $400
Airfare to Dallas, TX: $150-$500

These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.

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For questions on the application, please contact:
Myles Chalue, Admissions Counselor for Summer Programs (

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Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.