Australia J-Term

Arcadia Australia January Term
The Power of Australian Summer:
Integrating Sport, Culture and Society

  • Learn about sport and its significance in Australian culture.

  • Lectures, guest speakers, field trips and activities which focus on a range of sporting/recreation pursuits from professional elite sports to informal community events.

  • Students travel and study in three major Australian cities: Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra.

  • Experience the Australian bush firsthand on the three day field trip.


This exciting three-week opportunity takes place in January, during summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Students arrive several weeks prior to the commencement of Semester One in Australia, and may take this program as a stand-alone or in addition to their spring study abroad experience in Australia.

This is a unique and ideal opportunity to travel and study in three major Australian cities while gaining a deeper understanding of Australian culture through sport. View a full program syllabus here.

The course is structured as a series of lectures, field visits, guest speakers and activities. Students will reflect on the experience in a journal, an oral presentation, and an academic paper for a total of 3 credits.

Topics will include: sport in pre-colonial Australia; sport and recreation in Australia as forms of social education; elite sport versus sport for all; violence and gender issues; The World Cup, the Commonwealth and Olympic Games and the globalization and commodification of sport; sport and the construction of regional and national identity; emerging trends in Australian recreation; sport and the media.

Stewart Dickinson
Stewart Dickinson


Stewart Dickinson has been with the College of Global Studies since November, 2004 and brings a wealth of experience in outdoor education to his position.

Program Dates

  • December 31, 2013 - January 23, 2014


You will earn the following hours of credit:

  • J-Term: 3 credits

Admission Requirements

GPA Requirements: 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.

You must be in good academic standing and not on disciplinary probation. You need to submit a complete application including a transcript, letter of recommendation and an advisor's form before your application will be considered.

Application Deadline

  • November 15