Australia Summer Program – 2018

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The Neag School of Education is pleased to announce that we are beginning a partnership with the University of Melbourne for a 2-week Australia Summer Program.  The program is designed for any student in ANY program of the Neag School of Education (junior, senior, master’s or graduate year), and is open for up to 15 students. 

Both Australia and the United States have educational challenges and opportunities.  What has been effective and what has not worked in the two systems?  Exploring this question will be the focus of this experience.  Students will interact with experts on various aspects of the Australian education system and have the opportunity to observe new innovations across several school settings.

Students will be enrolled in EDCI 5830 Educational Structure and Reform in Australia and the United States: Comparative Perspectives and Results, and will receive 3-credits for this experience.

Program Experience

Students will have the opportunity to observe schools and participate in workshops and activities at the university.  The workshops will be led by internationally renowned professors on topics including:

  • School reform
  • School governance structure
  • Special education and inclusive education
  • STEM efforts
  • Working with students from diverse backgrounds
  • School leadership
  • School counseling and student support
  • Visible learning and school improvement
  • Researching classroom practice

Students will participate in walking tours of Melbourne and will have the opportunity to explore Melbourne on their own.  They can visit natural wonders and key sites such as the Great Ocean Road, the Royal Botanic Garden, the Eureka Skydeck (the highest viewing platform in the Southern Hemisphere), Shrine of Remembrance, National Gallery of Victoria, and St. Paul’s Cathedral. 

Travel Dates

Students should plan on departing for Australia around May 7, 2018, and concluding the program around May 21, 2018. 

Housing must be vacated at the conclusion of the program; however, students have the option of staying abroad at their own additional expense.

Application Process

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting February 1st, with no more being accepted after February 23rd (5pm).

The application is available on-line via the Education Abroad web site:  Select “UConn Education in Melbourne, Australia (faculty led)”

Please note that in addition to the on-line application, certain hard copy forms may be required.  The Education Abroad Office is located on the 1st floor in the Rowe Center for Undergraduate Education (next door to Gentry).

A non-refundable $25 fee must be included with your application.

Applications will be holistically evaluated by a faculty committee.

Notification letters for admission status will be sent via email prior to March 1st.  If accepted, students should plan on making a non-refundable deposit shortly after notification.

Acceptance into this program constitutes an agreement to abide by all the provisions of this program, including a 2-day mandatory orientation meeting to be held sometime in the spring 2018 and a colloquium after the program where students will share their experiences with students and faculty.

Note: A 3-credit course would normally cost approximately $2,050 in-state and $4,800 for out-of-state tuition.

There is a potential for scholarships to help defray costs.

Program Arrangements

All aspects of the program will be coordinated by the Program Director, Dr. Richard Schwab and the Program Graduate Assistant, Blair Izard.  Please email us with any questions.

Program Costs

While prices vary from year to year with the exchange rate, the summer 2017 billable costs are expected to be approximately $4,860*. This fee covers: housing, breakfast every day, about 8 dinners and 7 lunches, course tuition and program fees, insurance, an international ID, and select cultural opportunities. This billable rate does not include airfare or meals not listed.

*Please note this is just an estimate - the final cost will be determined in spring 2017, taking into account actual housing, number of students enrolled, and tuition costs along with the projected exchange rate.


Note: A 3-credit course would normally cost approximately $2,050 in-state and $4,800 for out-of-state tuition.


There is a potential for scholarships to help defray costs.