Dickinson in Australia
Brisbane is a sub-tropical city of approximately
1.6 million people situated along the east coast
of Australia. Known for its
relaxed life style, educated and multiethnic work force,
and extensive cultural opportunities, Brisbane has been
Most Livable City." The state of Queensland is climatically and geologically diverse. It is home to a portion of Australia's famed outback, the Great Barrier Reef, world-class beaches and the Daintree Rainforest - the oldest rainforest in the world.
University of Queensland
The University of Queensland (UQ) is home to 33,000
undergraduate and graduate students studying in 400
different majors and programs. The university offers more than 5,500
courses annually, ensuring that Dickinson students from a broad spectrum of disciplines will find coursework to enhance their academic pursuits. Each year more than 3,800 international students from more than 80 countries join the student body at UQ in pursuit of higher education.
UQ is well known for its science programs and is one of eight Australian universities designated as a research institution by the national government. It is noted for both excellent teaching and research, particularly in laboratory and field-based courses. The program at UQ complements Dickinson's curriculum by extending the range and variety of courses available within a major, while fostering greater international awareness and understanding through formal study and informal interaction.
The Dickinson College program at the University of Queensland was designed to provide students studying biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, geology, mathematics, physics and psychology with the opportunity to expand their understanding of those major disciplines through international study. Although the principle focus is to provide a study abroad option for science majors, the program also offers opportunities for qualified non-science majors. UQ is known for its course offerings in business, economics and sociology, as well as health and environmental studies.
Dickinson in Australia is designed as a semester-long program.
On occasion, students study at UQ for a full year. UQ’s first semester runs
from mid-February through June and corresponds to Dickinson’s
spring semester. UQ’s
second semester runs from mid-July through November
and corresponds to Dickinson’s fall semester.
Students enroll in a total of four courses at UQ. The
typical student takes two courses in his/her major, one course
in Australian culture and/or history, and one course
as an elective in an area of
personal interest. While the program does not have a required core course, students must enroll in at least one course with a content focus on Australian culture and/or history.
Qualified students from non-science majors are invited to apply. Each semester, several spaces on the UQ program are designated for non-science majors. Additional non-science applicants are admitted on a space-available basis.
Examples of courses that fulfill the Australian culture and/or history requirement:
Origins of Australia
Race and Ethnic Relations in Australia
Contemporary Australian Foreign Policy
Research with Indigenous People
Critical Social Issues in Australian Society
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives
Ann Wadsworth is the resident director of the Dickinson College
program at UQ. She was formerly employed by UQ in its office
for international students and was instrumental in the founding of the
Dickinson College program at UQ. She is responsible for arranging housing
for students, providing a general orientation to Australia,
Brisbane and UQ, assisting students with course enrollment, organizing Dickinson academic excursions and managing the day-to-day operation
of the program.
There are 10 residential colleges on
the UQ campus. Each college has its own activities
and traditions. Living in a college allows Dickinson
students to interact with Australian students and experience
academic life from their perspective. The colleges sponsor
their own sporting
and cultural events, have their own cafeterias and computer
centers, and provide a community-based learning environment.
places students at Cromwell College, Emmanuel College,
International House, King's
College and Women’s College. Each college houses approximately
250 students in three or four small dorms arranged around
a central quadrangle.
||Mid-July to late Nov.
||Mid-Feb. to late June
* This is the program fee for 2009-2010; the program fee for 2010-2011
will correspond to on-campus tuition and fees and will be determined
during spring 2010.
Program Fee Includes
• tuition and fees
• room and board
• pre-departure and on-site orientations
• required Australian government-issued health insurance
• academic excursions run by the Dickinson College program
• support for one excursion associated with a single credit-bearing course
The program fee does not include primary health insurance, airfare, passport,
visa, immunizations, optional travel, personal expenses, meals and housing
during vacations, books or supplies.
Open to all students on a selective basis. Students majoring in biology, chemistry, computer
science, environmental science, geology, mathematics, physics and psychology are encouraged to apply. Each semester, a number of placements in the program will be designated for non-science majors. Additional non-science majors will be admitted on a space-available basis.
For more information, contact
Prof. Michael Holden, On-Campus Coordinator
Department of Chemistry
P.O. Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013-2896