Fremantle, Australia

The University of Notre Dame operates two study programs in Australia. One of its programs is located in Fremantle, Australia at the University of Notre Dame Australia (NDA), the first private Catholic university in Australia. NDA was founded in 1990 through an act of the Western Australian Parliament and a Canonical statute from the Archdiocese of Perth which took effect on July 2, 1991. Notre Dame Australia has strong collegial links with the University of Notre Dame Du Lac (NDUS).

Fremantle, a port city established in 1829, is Western Australia's principal port and is located at the mouth of the Swan River on the shores of the Indian Ocean. It is twenty minutes from the center of Perth, the capital of the State of Western Australia. This port city boasts a colorful history, heritage architecture, a thriving industry and a cosmopolitan lifestyle alive with sidewalk cafes, galleries, restaurants and pubs. Western Australia covers more than one-third of the Australian continent and is one of the six states and two territories that make up the commonwealth of Australia. Australia is a land of contrasts, featuring a wide range of climatic and geographical conditions. Since two-thirds of Western Australia lies below the Tropic of Capricorn, much of the area experiences tropical and subtropical weather.

Academic Program

The semester-long academic program is designed for juniors, and is open to students from the Colleges of Business and Arts and Letters. The University of Notre Dame Australia (NDA) offers courses at the undergraduate level in the liberal arts, including communications, psychology, theology, business and several foreign languages. In addition, NDA offers undergraduate courses in law and education. Notre Dame Du Lac (NDUS) students in the Colleges of Business and Arts & Letters may enroll in courses in any of these fields at Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle. Business students typically enroll in the fall semester program, as special units have been developed to expose them to business in the Asia-Pacific Rim region. This includes a field trip to Singapore. In both semesters, students are required to enroll in a specially designed course titled Australian History and Society. Participants in this course will have the opportunity to travel to the north coast town of Broome where a special field component in Aboriginal culture is conducted.

Upon successful completion of the Fremantle program, all students will be awarded a Certificate in International Studies. Students in the College of Business however, can choose to enroll in specified units with a regional business focus which will qualify them for a Certificate in Asia Pacific Business.

The academic calendar for each semester is closely allied to other Australian institutions, with the first semester arrival and orientation occurring in mid July (Australian winter) and concluding in late November. Second semester students arrive in Fremantle in mid February (Australian summer) and depart in late June. Grades are assigned according to the American system and are entered on the students' records at the home campus. Grades obtained in Fremantle will be included in the computation of the grade point averages.  

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Courses

The University of Notre Dame Australia (NDA) offers courses at the undergraduate level in the liberal arts, including communications, psychology, theology, business and several foreign languages. In addition, NDA offers undergraduate courses in law and education.

The Office of International Studies compiles a database of previously offered approved courses and how these courses can be used in the Notre Dame Indiana (NDUS) curriculum by departmental designation and number. A provisional listing of courses on offer in Fremantle and their descriptions is usually made available three months or so prior to the students semester of participation.

For the fall term, AL 375 - Australian History & Society is a required course for all study abroad students. BS 307 – Business in Asia is a required course for all students in the Mendoza College of Business.

For the spring term, course choices students make should contain at least 2 courses specific to the program country or region. AL 375 - Australian History & Society is a required course for all study abroad students, and it counts as one of the 2 country specific courses.  

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Special Opportunities

Students who attend the University of Notre Dame Australia are able to progress in their academic studies and work towards their degrees while in Australia. Students will experience a much broader education as they immerse themselves in the Australian culture and a different system of education.

A special feature of the program is the opportunity to enroll in the ‘Australian History and Society’ course which includes an encounter/immersion field trip experience with indigenous Australians. This opportunity allows students to experience Aboriginal life in the Australian Outback.

The ‘Business in Asia’ course specifically designed for business students and only offered in fall, examines the importance of the Asia-Pacific Region in the context of the global economy.  The course includes an optional field trip to Singapore and Malaysia which provides students with an opportunity to experience Asian business first hand as well as an opportunity to participate and develop their professional skills within the context of an international environment.

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Site Calendar

The academic calendar for each semester is closely allied to other Australian institutions, with the academic year commencing in February and concluding in November. The first semester (our fall term) arrival and orientation occurring in mid July (Australian winter) and concluding in late November. Second semester students arrive in Fremantle in mid February (Australian summer) and depart in late June.  

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Eligibility

The program is open to qualified juniors of the University of Notre Dame in the Colleges of Business and Arts and Letters. Candidates must have a 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale, must demonstrate adaptability to new situations, desire and motivation for residence and study abroad, and be free of serious moral, social, or psychological problems. Participants are chosen by the Office of International Studies selection committee.

Application Deadline: November 15 (both fall and spring semesters).

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Health and Safety

In addition to UWA's Medical Centre which caters exclusively to students and staff of the University, competent doctors and fine modern hospitals are readily available both in Perth and neighboring Fremantle. All program participants MUST have valid Australian medical insurance for the period of their stay. This coverage is a requirement for the student visa and is included in the program cost. The visa costs, however, are a personal responsibility.

Health

All program participants are provided with worldwide health insurance from the time of the group departure from the United States until the program departure date. The cost of insurance is included in the program fees with coverage provided by HTH Worldwide. For more detailed information, please visit the HTH website at www.hthstudents.com/.

Participating students are required to submit a health questionnaire that is completed and signed by the student and a health care provider.  The provider can be a member of the University Health Services staff or your family physician.

Safety

Embassy Registration:  The Office of International Studies requires participants to register with the Department of State at https://travelregistration.state.gov so that the US Embassy or Consulate abroad can assist or communicate with the student in time of need.

Specific consular information about Australia is available at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1116.html. Perth staff onsite provide information pertinent to the site during the orientation period and support the health and safety of students throughout their stay.

Personal Property Insurance

You may want to consider insurance coverage for your personal belongings. In many instances, homeowner’s insurance may not extend coverage for personal belongings while traveling abroad. There may also be limitations, restrictions or high deductibles on the amount of coverage provided. One option to insure your belongings is to purchase low cost Student Personal Property Insurance coverage provided by Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc. Coverage is provided worldwide on a replacement cost basis for personal property you own or is entrusted to you by a parent or guardian. An HFC Brochure is available through the Risk Management and Safety Department by calling 631.5037.

 

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