Immerse yourself in Australia’s popular sports culture and industry while gaining unique insight into sport and exercise psychology from a range of leading professors, professionals and athletes while traveling across Australia through Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Cairns. Designed as an introductory 3-credit course for students interested in a wide range of health and exercise science studies, as well as student athletes and sports enthusiasts, this hands-on course blends in-class lectures with diverse field trips, personal fitness and surfing training, guest speakers and presentations. Along with diving deep into the sports world, you’ll also have the opportunity to dive in the Great Barrier Reef, discover the beauty of Byron Bay, experience multi-cultural Melbourne and live right on the beach on the Gold Coast.
Summer Program Highlights
Travel through Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Cairns, plus live 2.5 weeks by the beach on the stunning Gold Coast known for its ideal climate and exciting nightlife
Learn from a number of professors and industry leaders, and get an inside look into popular Australian sports - such as rugby, Australian Rules Football, netball, surfing and lawn bowling - through facility visits, professional matches and more
Take part in interesting and immersive field trips learning from industry experts and organizations like the Victorian Institute of Sport and professional sports clubs
Discover Australia’s natural beauty by snorkeling or diving in the Great Barrier Reef, visiting the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, kayaking with dolphins, and spotting whales in Byron Bay
Experience Cairns, known for its rugged natural beauty, with a free day to explore on your own - visit the ancient Daintree Rainforest, raft the whitewater rapids on the Tully River, or make your way to stunning Fitzroy Island
Have the opportunity to do strength and conditioning training with an included gym membership OR take surfing lessons on the Gold Coast OR play golf at local courses OR participate in beach volleyball training sessions. Minimum numbers may apply for certain sports
"My study abroad experience was fast paced, challenging and superb. We traveled all over Australia, including the Outback, Byron Bay and the Great Barrier Reef, to name a few. This program fit extremely well into my summer plans and gave me the ability to experience and hike in the various climates and habitats, such as the rainforest, dry arid, and coastal temperate. There was a perfect balance of learning, relaxing, enjoying and growing, all backed up by great people that became family. If beautiful scenery, the outdoors, flora, fauna and asking questions are your passions, then this program will provide satisfaction, in addition to so much more."
Megan Comer, Virginia Tech