In partnership with the University of Western Australia, TEAN offers an unique opportunity for Kinesiology, Sports Science and Health Studies majors to combine an educational semester abroad with a professional internship. Located in Perth on Australia’s west coast, you’ll experience wonderful weather, beautiful beaches and a laidback lifestyle, combined with a sophisticated, cosmopolitan city that’s home to a multitude of cafes, restaurants and cultural activities. Intern with a local Australian Rules football team, where you’ll experience how passionate Western Australians are about this home-grown Aussie sport that dominates the country, or a public health-focused organization that produces widespread health programming. In addition to your internship, you’ll take three courses at the top-ranked University of Western Australia.


Take three courses at the University of Western Australia (UWA), the oldest and top-ranked university in Western Australia, where you’ll learn from some of the country’s best academics in the fields of kinesiology and health

Undertake an internship for credit that will entail 140 contact hours during the course of the semester

Experience living in Perth - a beautiful city with an active outdoor lifestyle and population that is passionate about their sports

Participate in TEAN’s comprehensive Cairns/Great Barrier Reef Orientation Excursion prior to arriving in Perth. The experience includes a day out on the reef and orientation sessions designed to help you feel adjusted and ready to jump into your semester in Australia

Appreciate access to TEAN’s Perth Resident Director and other in-country staff for continued support throughout the semester

Live on campus in UWA housing with local and other international students to help you truly integrate into Australian life

Program Details


TEAN’s exclusive “Welcome Abroad” Orientation Program takes place in Cairns in the north of Australia famous for its tropical setting and access to the Great Barrier Reef – what better way to start the semester than a week full of adventure, including snorkeling on the largest coral reef system in the world? Your Australia Orientation is designed to set you up for a successful semester by introducing you to the local culture and academics while also getting to know your soon to be friends and having an exciting journey in the process. On the final day of Orientation, students travel to their host city where they are met by their local TEAN Resident Director and introduced to their housing and local area.

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Students live in on-campus housing at UWA. The University of Western Australia has a residential college system which offers a great social and academic environment that will completely immerse you into the university experience in Australia. You will be joined by other international and Australian students as you dive into campus-based activities while having your own fully furnished study/bedroom and sharing bathroom facilities with a small group of other students. The residential colleges normally include three meals a day and regular cleaning.

TEAN Staff

Our team works with you start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in Australia, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. Throughout your semester you will meet with the Perth Resident Director for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.

Meet the Team


About the University of Western Australia

  • Founded in 1911, the university is the oldest in Western Australia. It was also the first free university in the British Empire, actively promoting equal access to tertiary education for all social classes.
  • Located three miles west of the Perth Central Business District on the banks of the Swan River and about four miles from the Indian Ocean, the self-contained campus is widely renowned for the beauty of its traditional architecture and lush gardens. With cafés, libraries, sporting facilities, an art gallery, museums and a range of shops, UWA feels like a small town with a electric social atmosphere.
  • UWA is well serviced by buses to local beaches and the city center, and is just a 25-minute ride to the port city of Fremantle.
  • Ranked in the top 100 universities in the world, and seventh in Australia, by the QS World University Rankings.


The University of Western Australia is a traditional campus, located three miles west of the Perth Central Business District. Visit the google map link below to see the campus location.

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Academic Departments and Schools at UWA are divided into nine academic divisions: Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts; Arts; Business; Education; Engineering, Computing and Mathematics; Law; Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences; Indigenous Studies and Science.

Below is a sample of UWA courses from the School of Sports Science, Exercise and Health. For further details on the below courses see here on the UWA website. You are also eligible to select courses from other areas of study at UWA, provided you meet the prerequisites. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses see our course selection instructionsStudents enroll in 3 courses for the semester, plus the internship course, which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.

Kinesiology Courses

SSEH1101 The Musculoskeletal System and Movement
SSEH1102 Human Structure and Athletic Performance
SSEH1103 Physical Fitness and Health
SSEH1104 Active Leadership 1: Developing Leadership Skills
SSEH2240 Motor Learning and Control
SSEH2250 Biomechanics
SSEH2260 Exercise Physiology
SSEH2270 Psychosocial Aspects of Sport, Exercise and Health
SSEH2290 Promoting Lifelong Physical Activity
SSEH2296 Skilled Movement Instruction
SSEH3301 Exercise Prescription and Nutrition for Health and Fitness
SSEH3339 Community and Worksite Health Promotion
SSEH3345 Lifespan Motor Development
SSEH3355 Biomechanical Principles
SSEH3365 Sport Physiology
SSEH3366 Bioenergetics in Exercise, Nutrition and Energy Balance
SSEH3375 Psychology of Sport
SSEH3376 Coaching Psychology
SSEH3385 Motor Development and Dysfunction
SSEH3389 Exercise Rehabilitation

Health Studies

AHEA2201 Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing
AHEA3200 Aboriginal Health Community Organisation Placement
AHEA3301 Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing
ANHB2212 Human Structure and Development
ANHB2214 Human Organs and Systems
ANHB2216 Human Reproductive Biology
ANHB2217 Human Neurobiology
ANHB3316 Human Reproduction
ANHB3321 Biological Anthropology: Genes and Society
ANHB3322 Human/Primate Social Organisation
ANHB3323 Cells, Tissues and Development
ANHB3324 Human Structure and Function
ANIM1001 The Darwinian Revolution
BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell
BIOC2002 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function
CHEM1004 Biological Chemistry
ECON3205 Health Economics
GENE2230 Molecular Genetics I
GENE3340 Molecular Genetics II
GENE3350 Evolution and Development
GENE3370 Genomics
IMED2002 Blood and Drugs
IMED2003 Essentials of Research in the Health and Medical Sciences
IMED2004 Human Development and Genetics
IMED3004 Body Systems and Disease IV
IMED2208 Issues in Women’s Reproductive Health: Major Diseases & Health Problems
IMED3301 Issues in Women’s Reproductive Health: Research and Evidence-based Practice
INDG2500 Looking North: The Wild West
INDG2700 Knowing Country: The Dreaming and Darwin
INDG3700 Sharing Space
MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology
MICR2209 Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology
NEUR1001 Neuroscience in Society
PHAR1101 Drugs that Changed the World
PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems
PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells
PHYL3001 Physiology of Membranes, Muscles and Signalling
PHYL3002 Physiology of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
PHYL3003 Physiology of Nutrition and Metabolism
PHYL3004 Physiology of Integrated Organ Function
PSYC2212 Psychology and Social Behaviour
PSYC2217 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC3303 Psychological Science in the Modern World: Challenges and Controversies
PSYC3312 Psychology and Social Behaviour
PUBH2204 Disease Prevention and Control
PUBH2209 Plague, Pox and Pandemics: The History of Death and Disease
PUBH2216 Communication and Project Planning in Health
PUBH3305 Health Research Design and Methods
PUBH3307 Health Systems and Policy
PUBH2203 Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
PUBH2208 Food and Nutrition in Population Health
PUBH2211 Population Health Field Trip
PUBH3301 Health Leadership
PUBH3302 Health Promotion
PSYC2208 Psychology: Atypical Development
PSYC2209 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
PSYC3302 Psychological Measurement and its Application
PSYC3309 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
SCOM2205 Science Presentations
SCOM2208 Science Writing
SCOM3319 Exhibitions and Interpretation
SCOM3320 Communication Strategies for Change
SCOM3321 Science and the Media


Internship Placement

In addition to taking courses at UWA, students will also complete an internship for credit. The internship will entail 140 contact hours during the course of the semester.

Students with an exercise science and sports medicine focus will complete an internship with a local Australian rules football team. Students will experience first-hand the sports medicine culture in an Australian rules football club by engaging in numerous activities, including providing assistance in performance and conditioning activities within the club by conducting fitness assessments and interpreting results, and developing exercise prescriptions for injured athletes. As part of the program, students will undertake the Level 1 Sports Trainers course administered by Sports Medicine Australia, which focuses on developing skills such as managing specific sporting injuries, sports taping and transporting an injured athlete.

For all other health studies related majors, internships focus on supporting organizations delivering various public health programs. These can include programs related to cancer prevention, healthy eating and exercise in schools, pre-diabetic intervention and other global health initiatives addressed in Australia.



  • 2.5 GPA.
  • Kinesiology, Exercise Science or Health Studies related major
  • Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution at the time of participation.
  • Students attending a two-year institution may be considered on a case by case basis.

Events & Excursions


Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Perth-based TEAN Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities change each semester.

Along with the TEAN-organized events, to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities, our local staff send out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Perth. Ranging from community events to music festivals, we tap you into the local culture right from the start.


Get to know your new home with this tour highlighting all the local haunts in Perth and “Freo,” as well as providing historical background to the region.


While the Australian Rules Football League originated in Victoria, Western Australia was the first state outside of Melbourne to have two teams in the national competition – West Coast Eagles and the Fremantle Dockers. We join the vocal locals to cheer on one of these teams against an east coast rival.


Australians love the beach – being an island nation with beautiful coastlines and 85% of the population living within an hour of a beach, it’s not surprising. Surfing is the favorite pastime of Aussie beachgoers so we introduce you to this sport early on in the semester with a lesson to get you started riding the waves.

Optional Excursions

During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know Australia better or travel to even more exotic destinations with excursions organized during school breaks. Participating in these excursions will depend on your program dates and semester abroad.  

South Island, New Zealand

New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural environments this planet has to offer and is home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports! From the Southern Hemisphere’s highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, whitewater rafting raging rapids and hiking glaciers, you won’t be bored or disappointed! This excursion is usually offered as a mid-semester break excursion.

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Take advantage of Australia’s ideal location in the South Pacific and explore incredible Asian destinations. With TEAN’s exclusive nine-day excursion to Thailand, you’ll find yourself bathing elephants in a river, learning to cook Thai food, visiting exotic temples and spending the evening with hilltribe villagers. With the culture of the north and the beaches of the south, this excursion, usually offered during mid-semester break, is not to be missed.

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Melbourne, Australia

Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.

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Program Dates


TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.

Spring Deadline Nov 15
Fall Deadline April 15

Fall 2022*

Depart the US Mid-July
Arrive in Australia Mid-July
TEAN Orientation TBA
University Orientation TBA
Classes Begin July 25
Semester Break Sept 5 Sept 9
Classes End Oct 21
Study Period Oct 24 Oct 29
Exam Period Oct 29 Nov 13
Program Ends Nov 14

*These dates are tentative. Final dates will be released closer to departure.

Spring 2022

This program not running for Spring 2022. Please check back for future available terms.

Depart the US Early Feb
Arrive in Australia Early Feb
TEAN Orientation TBA
University Orientation TBA
Classes Begin Feb 28
Semester Break April 18 April 22
Classes End May 27
Study Period May 30 June 3
Exam Period June 4 June 20
Program Ends June 21

Fees & Inclusions

spring 2022

  • Estimated tuition and program fees: $11,890*
  • Estimated housing (on campus): $6,000 to $7,300

*Tuition for 4 courses including the internship. Students have the option of taking 3 courses for a discount of up to $1,960 – pending approval from their home university.

fall 2021

  • Estimated tuition and program fees: $11,890*
  • Estimated housing (on campus): $6,000 to $7,300

*Tuition for 4 courses including the internship. Students have the option of taking 3 courses for a discount of up to $1,960 – pending approval from their home university.

What’s Included

  • Full tuition (3 courses) and internship placement 
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged, on-campus student housing
  • Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
  • Services of local Resident Directors
  • Five-day Orientation Program with some meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
  • Cultural events scheduled throughout the semester
  • Wireless internet access in all housing
  • Access to pre-arranged and affordable cell phone packages
  • Access to unique and exciting optional excursions which may include New Zealand, Thailand and other places
  • Access to competitive airfares and pre-arranged flight itineraries 
  • Extensive pre-departure counseling and information packets
  • University and course selection advice
  • Official academic transcripts from host institution
  • Credit approval and transfer assistance
  • Help with student visa preparation
  • Financial aid transfer planning
  • Airport pickup and reception in Perth
  • Arrival Welcome packet containing important local contact details and information
  • Perth Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program
  • Host university orientation


  • International airfare ($2,000)
  • Domestic airfare in US ($500)
  • Student visa ($450)
  • Books ($365)
  • Meals during the semester ($2,500)
  • Airport transfer at the end of the semester ($50)
  • Travel insurance ($350)
  • Travel and personal expenses ($1,500 – 2,500+)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.


TEAN Scholarships

Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!

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