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Featured Destination: Australia
is both a country and a continent and is closest to Indonesia, East Timor,
Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, New Zealand and the Solomon Islands.
It is located in the Indian and Pacific Oceans and is considered by some to be
the “world’s largest island.”
living in Australia generally speak English but add to it a wonderful accent
and distinct vernacular. Indigenous languages, of which there are close to
seventy, are still spoken but quickly disappearing. If preserving indigenous languages
is of interest to you, studying abroad in Australia might be a wonderful
opportunity to help save native languages.
currency in Australia is the dollar but not the green one. Be sure to trade
your green dollars for colorful Australian ones once you’ve arrived. Australia
makes most of its money through an open-market economy that operates much like
that in the United States. Its economy is broad and diverse but distinguishes
itself by utilizing an abundance of natural resources and being one of the
world’s largest exporters of wine. If you’ve ever had an interest in tending to
vineyards, turning grapes into wine, bottling products or selling an in-demand
product, Australia might be the perfect place for you. Be sure to contact the
Australian consulate or embassy prior to your visit if you want to live, study,
and work in Australia; you’ll need to secure a passport, study visa and work
studying history, promoting peace and serving justice are elements of interest
to you in your studies; an Australia study abroad program
might be the perfect fit for you. The country's political and social dynamics
will add to the intrigue of your visit, and if you aren’t fluent in a foreign
language, this could be a great study abroad destination for you to explore.
Top Five Reasons to Study Abroad in Australia
Life in Australia
study abroad programs introduce you to the fabulous life of an Aussie. Australia
is home to the world-famous outback (which means Australia consists mostly of
deserts) but has one of the world’s most diverse eco-systems. Tropical
rainforests, deserts and alpine regions provide homes to spectacular animals
like koalas, kangaroos, wombats, platypuses and kookaburras while plains and
lowlands provide homes to grove after grove of delightfully smelling eucalyptus
trees. The climate in Australia is suitable for taking a traditional Australian
walk-about or participating in traditional sports like surfing, boating, diving,
cricket, field hockey, rugby and netball.
destinations like the Sydney Opera House, the National Gallery of Victoria and
the Darwin Festival of the Northern Territory join a collection of others to
display the arts, histories and music of the regions. Natural beauties like the
Great Barrier Reef, Mount Augustus and Kakadu National Park conspire to make one
lose track of time; while cultural activities, like government-supported
performance arts, aboriginal dances and singing and paintings on rocks, barks
and caves, conjoin to bring Australia’s history to life. When you study abroad
in Australia you’ll be witness to a plethora of cultural offerings.
also be eating wonderful food during your time as a study abroad student.
Traditional Australian cuisine is inspired by its British and Aboriginal roots.
Local vegetables, meats and grains combine with the seasonings and sauces of
England to create well-loved Australian fare. Traditional roasts and wines are
summoned to celebrate Sundays and meat pies, Billy tea and smoked meltwurst
give visitors a taste of various regions. If eating emu eggs, mincing your
meat, and smothering your toast with vegemite and chutney sound like intriguing
options, then consider studying abroad in Australia. Your taste buds will thank
History and Culture in Australia
roots are steeped in a reverence for the land and a belief in the dreamtime. These
indigenous cultural beliefs blended with the influences of western Anglo-Celtic
culture create an environment unique to Australia. The eventual gold rush and
ensuing Eureka Rebellion led to the transformation of governance in Australia
and eventually enabled each of its Aboriginal, Dutch and English populations to
live in relative peace. Causing enduring peace between the indigenous and
immigrant cultures of Australia is an ongoing challenge but serves to enrich
the bold and dynamic culture of the region.
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