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UMD-Summer: Australia: Australian Literature and Culture (ENGL/HONR)

Cairns, Australia
Sydney, Australia
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An immersion into Australian culture and history, this course will explore the literature, music, theater, and arts of Indigenous and contemporary Australia. We will be moving actively through both urban and natural settings, engaging directly with matters of political and social concern, developing both awareness of cultural issues important to modern-day Australians and the skills needed to navigate those issues. Along the way, we will look back to the colonial founding of Australia as a British outpost and consider how modern Australia has emerged from a mixing of Western and Indigenous cultures. The class will begin with a two-week stay in Sydney, Australia's sparkling harbor city, and conclude with a visit to tropical Cairns, in Queensland, home of both the Great Barrier Reef, one of the natural wonders of the world, and some of Australia's most vibrant Indigenous communities.


You must be in good academic and judicial standing and you must not have any registration blocks to participate in this program. The minimum GPA for this program is listed above.

UMD undergraduates, non-UMD undergraduates, and UMD graduate students are eligible to apply.

If you are interested in this program but do not meet the eligibility requirements, reach out to the Program Leader (listed in the Contacts tab) to discuss your interest in the program.

After you commit to the program, Education Abroad will enroll you in one of the following three (3) credit UMD courses:

  • ENGL369D: Special Topics in Study Abroad III: Australian Literature and Culture
  • HONR349B: Honors Colloquium: Australian Literature and Culture

The credit you earn during this program will count as resident credit. These courses are also approved for the Diversity-Cultural Competence and Humanities requirements of the General Education program.

*If you are a UMD graduate student interested in taking this course as an independent study, please contact the Program Leader for additional information.

You will be required to read The Secret River and other materials prior to the start of the program.

In Sydney, you will stay in a hostel located in the city’s vibrant downtown. In Cairns, you will stay in apartment-style housing just a 10-minute walk from the waterfront. 

Please refer to the following resources for funding study abroad:

Financial Aid
Financial Policies

*Costs are current for Summer 2020.

This is a non-refundable fee to submit an application.
Education Abroad Fee
This is a non-refundable fee charged to your account when the application status changes from "Accepted to "Committed." This includes services provided by Education Abroad such as registration, billing, advising, risk management, and pre-departure orientation.
International Health Insurance
This coverage is required and complements students' regular U.S. primary health insurance coverage.
Housing Fee
This fee represents the housing provided during the program.
These are the instructional costs which include tuition, in-country transportation, course related activities, group meals, and teaching services.
This fee is charged to your student account and is based on our program deadlines. Please direct any additional questions to the Office of Student Financial Services and Cashiering.
Meals (estimate)
Roundtrip airfare (estimate)
Course materials
Optional activities/incidental expenses
Optional trip cancelation/interruption insurance

*Non-UMD graduate students will need to pay a $75 application fee to the UMD Graduate School to participate in this program.


PLEASE NOTE: All University of Maryland study abroad programs are financially self-supporting and, therefore, subject to cancellation due to low enrollment.

Jason Rudy, Ph.D.,is a professor in the English Department at the University of Maryland, College Park, and a scholar of British and Australian literature and history. He has taught eight Education Abroad courses in Australia, and is currently writing a biography of the Indigenous Australian painter, Gordon Syron.

Justin Thompson is a Ph.D. candidate in the English Department at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research focuses on British literature and colonialism.

For course, itinerary or in-country information, please contact the Program Leader. For general questions or assistance with applying, contact EA Short-term Programs.

As a part of this program, you will engage in the following activities:

  • Engage with Australian scholars, writers, performers, and artists in Sydney and Cairns.
  • Attend theater performances in Sydney and participate in Vivid Sydney, a light and music festival on the city's iconic harbor.
  • Hike through Sydney's surrounding wilderness with a local expert, learning about Indigenous history.
  • Visit Featherdale Wildlife Reserve, where you'll interact directly with kangaroos, wallabies, and koala bears (no fences or cages). 
  • Visit a remote village in the rainforest of Northern Queensland, where you'll learn about Indigenous history and culture.


Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Summerterm 2020 03/01/2020 03/11/2020 05/27/2020 06/15/2020