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.

Overview

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

Orientation

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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Housing

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

University

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.

Location

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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Courses

Courses

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
Semester 1 Semester 2
SSEH1101The Musculoskeletal System and Movement SSEH1102 Applied Anatomy and Athletic Performance
SSEH1103Physical Fitness and Health SSEH1103Physical Fitness and Health
SSEH1104 Active Leadership 1: Developing Leadership Skills SSEH1104 Active Leadership 1: Developing Leadership Skills
SSEH2250 Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise SSEH2240 Motor Learning and Control
SSEH2260 Exercise Physiology SSEH2270 Psychosocial Aspects of Sport, Exercise and Health
SSEH3301 Exercise Prescription and Nutrition for Health and Fitness SSEH2290 Promoting Lifelong Physical Activity
SSEH3345 Lifespan Motor Development SSEH2295 Foundations of Work Integrated Learning
SSEH3355 Biomechanical Principles SSEH3366 Bioenergetics in Exercise, Nutrition and Energy Balance
SSEH3365 Sport Physiology SSEH3375 Psychology of Sport
SSEH3389 Exercise Rehabilitation SSEH3385 Motor Development and Dysfunction
  SSEH3389 Exercise Rehabilitation
Health Studies
Semester 1 Semester 2
AHEA2201Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing AHEA3200Aboriginal Health Community Organisation Placement
AHEA3301Aboriginal Social and Emotional Wellbeing ANHB1102 Human Biology II: Being Human
ANHB1101Human Biology I: Becoming Human ANHB2214Human Organs and Systems
ANHB1101Human Biology I: Becoming Human ANHB2216Human Reproductive Biology
ANHB2212Human Structure and Development ANHB3316Human Reproduction
ANHB2215Biological Anthropology: Human Adaptation and Variation ANHB3320Human Biology: Applications and Investigations II
ANHB2217Human Neurobiology ANHB3322Human/Primate Social Organisation
ANHB3310Human Biology: Applications and Investigations I ANHB3324Human Structure and Function
ANHB3321Biological Anthropology: Genes and Society BIOC2002 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function
ANHB3323 Cells, Tissues and Development GENE2230Molecular Genetics I
ANIM2001 The Darwinian Revolution GENE3340Molecular Genetics II
BIOC2001 Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the Cell GENE3350Evolution and Development
BIOC2002 Biochemical Regulation of Cell Function IMED2003Medical Sciences Research Methodologies
ECON3205 Health Economics IMED2004Human Development and Genetics
GENE3370 Genomics IMED3301Issues in Women’s Health Research
IMED2001 Body Defences INDG2500Looking North: The Wild West
IMED2002 Blood and Drugs MICR2209Introduction to Infectious Diseases and Immunology
IMED2208 Issues in Women’s Reproductive Health PHAR1101Drugs that Changed the World
MICR2208 Introductory Microbiology PHYL2002 Physiology of Cells
NEUR3310 Neuroscience PHYL3003Physiology of Nutrition and Metabolism
PHYL2001 Physiology of Human Body Systems PHYL3004Physiology of Integrated Organ Function
PHYL3001 Physiology of Membranes, Muscles and Signalling PSYC2213Psychology: Lifespan Development
PHYL3002 Physiology of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems PSYC3302 Psychological Measurement and its Application
PSYC2217 Cognitive Neuroscience PSYC3312Psychology and Social Behaviour
PSYC3303 Psychological Science in the Modern World PUBH2203Foundations of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
PSYC3309 Industrial and Organisational Psychology PUBH2208Food and Nutrition in Population Health
PUBH2204 Disease Prevention and Control PUBH3301Health Leadership
PUBH2211 Population Health Field Trip (May) PUBH3302Health Promotion
PUBH2216 Communication and Project Planning in Health SCOM3205Science Presentations
SCOM2208 Science Writing
SCOM3319 Exhibitions and Interpretation

Internship

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.

Eligibility

Eligibility

  • 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

ACTIVITIES / IMMERSION

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.

TOUR OF PERTH AND FREMANTLE

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.

AUSSIE RULES FOOTBALL MATCH

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.

LEARN TO SURF

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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Thailand

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

APPLICATION DEADLINES

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 1

Fall 2022

Depart the US July 9
Arrive in Australia July 11
TEAN Orientation July 11 – 15
University Orientation July 18
Classes Begin July 25
Semester Break Sept 5 – 9
Classes End Oct 21
Study Period Oct 24 – 29
Exam Period Oct 29 – Nov 13
Program Ends Nov 14

Spring 2023

Spring 2023 dates are coming soon!

Fees & Inclusions

fall 2022

  • Estimated tuition and program fees: $13,950
  • Estimated housing (on campus): $6,795

spring 2023

  • Estimated tuition and program fees: TBD
  • Estimated housing (on campus): TBD

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

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • 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.

Scholarships

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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