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  • Locations: Cairns, Australia; Melbourne, Australia; Sydney, Australia
  • Program Terms: Camden Spring
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Camden Learning Abroad
Program Description:

Australia Learning Abroad
For questions about your application, contact the Rutgers University-Camden Office of International Students & Global Programs at or 856-225-6832.

The Program

This course will explore a vast array of issues facing Australia and give Rutgers students the up-close chance to research and report on these subjects while in country, and then continue their research and reporting upon returning to the US. Students will gain a firm understanding of Australia’s past and present and learn about a country that is closely linked to the US, while also having a very distinct identity. 

In the classes leading up to our travel component, we will discuss topics specific to Australia, including the country’s history, culture, politics, economy, immigration challenges, native populations, environmental issues, animal conservation, entertainment and media, and how the country is perceived, largely through the international media coverage it receives. We would also look at the broader topics related to operating as a foreign correspondent, both in conflicted areas as well as world powerhouse countries such as Australia. As a country that is served by a broad spectrum of media, we will also look at the current state of media and journalism in Australia, and the ever-growing role of social media.

These topics will be reinforced and brought to life when we visit Australia over sring break. The travel portion will take us to Australia’s two world-class cities, Sydney and Melbourne, and to Cairns to visit Australia’s Great Barrier Reef region. In Sydney, the days will consist of a guided walking tour of the city, with visit to the famed Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic Rocks neighborhood, visits to Manley Beach, a cruise on Sydney Harbour, and the possibility to visit the Featherdale Wildlife Park, where students can hold koalas and feed kangaroos. Our visit to the Victorian city of Melbourne would again include a guided walking tour, travels around Port Phillip Bay and a trip to the Phillip Island penguin colony.

The additional educational visits and meetings include visiting organizations such as Australian Broadcasting Corporation, one of the major newspapers in Sydney or Melbourne, and a local university.

Program Location(s)
Melbourne, Sydney, and Cairns, Australia

Faculty Director: Jill Capuzzo, Department of English
Course Number: 50:350:390; cross-listed with: 56:606:613l2, 56:350:506l1
Course Meeting Dates and Times: Wednesdays from 6:00 PM - 8:50 PM

Program Dates
March 8-20, 2018 (Spring Break)

Financial Information
Program Cost: Approximately $4,200

Program Cost Includes
  • Airfare
  • Housing
  • Some meals
  • Excursions
  • Travel Health Insurance
Program Cost Does Not Include
  • Course Tuition (all Rutgers students must register for the course to participate in this program)
  • Passport Fee (if you do not have a current, valid passport)
  • Visa Fee (if applicable)
  • Personal expenses while abroad (including certain meals)

*Please complete all components of the application, including passport number and expiration date.
*Upon completion of this application, the Office of International Students & Global Programs will register you in the course.
*To withdraw, please contact the Office of International Students & Global Programs at Remember: once you sign the Camden Statement of Financial Responsibility, you may be responsible for paying the entire cost of the program.