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*WKU Faculty Led: Australian Communication and Culture
Geelong, Australia; Melbourne, Australia; Warrnambool, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Winter
Program Cost: Winter
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2015 11/01/2014 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Length:
Short Term
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Housing Options:
Campus Dorm Style
Language of Instruction:
Language Prerequisite:
Language Courses Offered:
Number of Credits:
3, 6
Credit Type:
WKU Credit
Class Eligibility:
1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate, 6. Doctoral Student
Field of Study:
Minimum GPA:
Good Academic Standing with WKU
WKU Faculty Led
WKU Insurance
Faculty Leader:
Kong, Jieyoung, Schiess, Donna
Program Description:
This unique program explores how communication patterns are influenced by surrounding cultures and how culture is created and sustained through communication in Australia. Students will immerse themselves in a variety of rich communication contexts - visiting various local communities (including Gunditjmara indigenous cultural sites) and their urban/rural environs, interacting with both students and faculty at Deakin University – to learn about their respective cultures and communication practices. This program is designed to develop crucial intercultural skills and knowledge necessary for students to succeed in today's dynamic, interconnected and culturally diverse world.

Courses Offered:
  • EDLD 796
*Must have a 3.2 cumulative GPA or good standing in the Honors College to take Honors Course


  • 16 Days in AustraliaStudents-Australia Comm

  • 3 or 6 credit options (including independent study arrangements for undergraduate communication majors/minors, and for other programs of study, with Program Leader and Advisor approval)

  • Exposure to international university setting

  • Explore multiple areas of Australia, including Warrnabool, Melbourne, and Geelong

  • Unique opportunity to interact with indigenous Australian peoples

Scenery-Australia Comm

Logistical Considerations

  • The course includes a group flight that originates and returns to Nashville.

  • Independent travel (before and/or after the programs start and end date) is permitted with prior notification to Program Leaders.  There may be medical insurance issues to deal with, as well as changes to the airline reservations (with possible additional cost to participant), so advanced notice is required.

  • International travel requires all participants to have a valid passport. If you don't have a passport, get one immediately.


  • Students should be prepared to conduct themselves in a mature and respectful manner at all times.

  • This program will also include a fair amount of walking in both rural and metropolitan areas. Proper shoes required.

  • Australia in January experiences summer weather. Proper attire required.
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