On 24 July, Cadel Evans became the first Australian to win the Tour de France. Although cycling is not a traditional Australian sport (like Australian rules football or cricket), winning the Tour is a remarkable feat of athleticism — congrats Cadel!
- Students playing soccer on their downtime between classes
If Cadel’s victory has put you in the sporting spirit and you’re wondering how to incorporate sports into your Australian study experience, read on! Generally speaking, Australians like to play sports. And since an important part of studying in Australia is immersing yourself in the culture, why not take a few sports-related classes while you’re there?
Can’t commit to a full semester? Take a short course! The University of Canberra offers a three-week session in June about Australian Sporting Industry. Learn about the different aspects of sports industry like kinesiology, coaching, training, management, motivation and media at the University of Canberra’s National Institute of Sports Studies. You can read more about it here.
Want something a little splashier? Southern Cross University’s Diploma of Sports Management is specially designed for students interested in surfing industry. Career opportunities within the industry include manufacturing, sales, tourism, and education — learn more here.
You can of course also just take a sports management class or two during a semester in Australia; find a program with our Course Search here.
And who knows where these sports courses will take you? Perhaps one day, you’ll be wearing a yellow jersey of your own…
After launching from the Kennedy Space Center on 8 July, the NASA Space Shuttle successfully returned home today. The landing marks the close of a 30-year run for the Space Shuttle and ends an era in American history. The final Space Shuttle launch is an important moment in the American space program — but what about Australia’s astronomic endeavours?
Dr. Paul Scully-Power, the first Australian in space, poses with part of the Embassy of Australia Education Team
Never one to miss an adventure, Australia is active in outer space. One such project is the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), which will be the world’s biggest radio telescope, capable of seeing 10,000 times farther than current technology. Australia and New Zealand are competing jointly to host the SKA, which will try to answer such questions as:
- Is there life on a planet other than Earth?
- What happened after the Big Bang?
- How do galaxies evolve?
If you have (simpler!) questions of your own, you can read more about Australia’s role in the development of the SKA here.
The Australian Space Research Program is another way that Australia is involved in astronomy. This program provides funding to a variety of projects revolving around… you guessed it, space research. Past projects include developing a new kind of scramjet engine, using space technology for environmental monitoring, and setting up broadband in Antarctica. Curious? Learn more here.
And, what Australian space project would be complete without some sort of marsupial? In comes the Lunar Numbat (the Lunar WHAT?). A numbat is a termite-eating marsupial native to Australia; this particular privately-funded research project hopes to send a robotic numbat to the moon. You can read more about it here.
Looking to get in on the numbat action? Or maybe you just want to study space in Australia? Either way, make sure to check out the Excellence in Research for Australia rankings to see which Aussie universities offer the best programs in Astronomical and Space Sciences (click here for the list). For a complete list of Australian universities, click here.
Let’s take a quick quiz:
- Are you studying abroad in Australia for the July – December semester?
- Do you want to share your experience Down Under with others?
- Are you SUPER EXCITED about studying in Australia?!
If you answered yes to all of the above, apply to our Student Blogging Program!
Meghan blogged about her time in Australia -- click on the picture and visit her blog!
Study in Australia Student Bloggers write about their time as study abroad students in Australia. These North American students post about the academic adventures, cultural encounters, and social scenarios they experience throughout their semester. Most importantly, they give their readers a real, genuine look at what it’s REALLY like to study abroad in Australia.
Are you keen to blog? Download an application here and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org before 22 July! You can also read more about our Student Blogging Program here.
Questions? Email us at email@example.com.
Under the sweltering DC sun, the Embassy of Australia Education Team does everything to keep cool… and what better way to beat the heat than to read about penguins? They’re cute, cuddly, conjure comforting thoughts of cooler weather… and wouldn’t you know — they are also unquestionably Australian!
An Adélie penguin
Australia is one of seven countries that has claimed territory in the Antarctic: the Australian Antarctic Territory. The Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) is the government body that leads Australia’s Antarctic Program… which of course includes penguin research! The majority of the AAD’s research focuses on the Adélie Penguin (read more here). They also provide some general information about emperor penguins here. If you find yourself inclined to head south for penguin research, their website explains what it’s like to be a researcher and live in Antarctica — check it out here.
Not quite ready to brave the frigid Antarctic temperatures? The University of Tasmania‘s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies offers programs at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. There are also research programs available, including one on Marine and Antarctic Ecosystems… which can definitely mean there’s some penguin-studying involved. Read more about it here.
Fairy penguins doing what they do best... waddling
Finally, it is important not to forget the penguins who call mainland Australia home, like the Phillip Island Fairy Penguins. These tiny little dudes are the world’s smallest penguins and stand at about 33 centimeters tall (that’s approximately 13 inches). Every night, they swim ashore and waddle back to their nests for the night. The Phillip Island Penguin Parade organises tours so you can watch the penguins as they surf in and learn neat facts (did you know that penguins waddle because they don’t have knees?). Check out the Phillip Island Nature Park website to learn more.