Program Details

Excursions and Day Trips:

Melbourne and surrounding areas
-National Gallery of Victoria
-Victoria Museum, Aboriginal Gallery Art galleries
-Australian Football Game
-Architectural Walking Tour of Melbourne
-Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne, Australia
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:

Program Overview

Program Description:
Arrive Date: 6/29/2013 End Date: 7/27/2013

During our three weeks in Melbourne and one week in the remote outback, you will encounter Australia’s natural wonders and cultural complexities by examining its literature, history, film, and wildlife. Readings focus on themes of individual and national identity and the tensions between a colonial and an indigenous population. We will visit museums, art galleries, botanical parks, and nature reserves in and around Melbourne. Then we travel to the amazing Kakadu National Park, rated a World Heritage Site for both its Aboriginal rock art of the Warradjan people and its unique flora and fauna. You will be thrilled by close observations of plants, marsupials, birds, and crocodiles in their natural habitat.

English 139: Topics in Global Literatures and Cultures (4 units)
Historically or thematically organized study of Anglophone literature at the global scale. Possible emphases: globalization of English and its literatures; the history of “world literature”; literatures of British imperialism; questions of translation. May be repeated two times for credit when content differs. GE credit: ArtHum, Div, Wrt. Prerequisite: course 3 or University Writing Program 1 or equivalent.
Humanities 198: Directed Group Study (4 units)
P/NP grading only.

Notes on Courses:
English 139 is designed to provide American students with an introduction to the literature of Australia within the context of its culture and nature. The literature primarily focuses on themes of individual and national identity.

Humanities 198 is designed to introduce students to the rich cultural and natural histories of Australia. The course is built around field trips to museums, art galleries, botanical and zoological parks in Melbourne and close observation of birds, mammals, plants, and aboriginal art galleries in Kakadu National Park.

Excursions and Day Trips:

Melbourne and surrounding areas
-National Gallery of Victoria
-Victoria Museum, Aboriginal Gallery Art galleries
-Australian Football Game
-Architectural Walking Tour of Melbourne
-Melbourne Zoo
-Melbourne Botanical Garden
-Queen Victoria Market
-Wilson's Promontory and Fairy Penguins

Kakadu National Park:
-Nourlangie Rock Art Site
-Ubirr Rock Art Site
-Yellow Waters Wetlands Cruise
-Mamakala Wetlands walk
-Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Center
-Gunlom Falls
-Billabong bushtucker walk
-Group BBQ
-Cultural activities (spear throwing, didgeridoo, and basket weaving)
-Water cruises
-Night spotting crocodile cruise

We also visit an aboriginal community in Arhnem Land, a rare and special privilege.

Upper-division units (open to freshmen through graduates). Taught in English. UC Davis courses taught by University of California, Davis faculty.

Please contact UC Davis Summer Abroad for the most up-to-date information concerning program costs. Programs start around $4,000.

All students enrolled in a Summer Abroad program (Davis and Non-Davis) will have the opportunity to apply for a Travel Award ($500 - $1,500.) Travel award deadline: March 5, 2013. Enrollment deadline is April 5, 2013.

Setting Description:
Students are housed with other international students in a dormitory at the University of Melbourne. The housing is located next to a tram station which is only 10 minutes from central Melbourne and within walking distance of the Royal Park, the Melbourne Zoo and the University of Melbourne. Facilities include a library, computer room, wireless internet, recreation room, gardens, and tennis, basketball and squash courts for student use.

Rooms: Each student has their own bedroom with a single bed, wardrobe, drawer space, and ergonomic chair and an easy chair. There are computer connections and telephones in every room.
Linens: Rooms will be serviced daily and linens will be changed twice weekly.
Laundry: There are coin-operated washers and dryers on-site.
Bathrooms: The number of bathrooms per student varies across the buildings, but on average there are 2 to 4 shower cubicles and toilets per 15 students.
Computer Access: Students will have acces