Focus Australia is the longest running faculty-led study program at Susquehanna, having been taking students down under since 1999; almost 150 from almost all majors have made the trip to date. Students spend approximately 23 days traveling with stays in New South Wales, the Northern Territory and far northern Queensland. The tour includes opportunities to explore the historic and beautiful city of Sydney and its environs, spend time at the sacred aboriginal sites of Uluru and Kata Tjuta, camp in the rainforest, and dive or snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef.
Prerequisite: BIO 550: Biological Issues in Australia, includes pre-departure coursework
Note: this is a semester-long prep course meeting on Tuesdays from 1-4 PM
Financial Aid: Need-based aid may be available
Program Directors: Dave Richard, Professor of Biology, and ML Klotz, Professor of Psychology
I flew more than 10,000 miles to get to Sydney, Australia, and every moment from when we got off the plane to when we boarded to go home was amazing. I climbed Sydney harbor bridge, swam the Great Barrier Reef, explored the culture of the aboriginies, traveled to the dessert experiencing Uluru and Kata Tjuta, and that's not even half of what we did. The people I went with grew as a unit and everyone wanted to be with everyone, exploring, and enjoying the experience of Australia. Together our class went down under and will forever remember what we learned and the experiences we shared. --Andrew Van Woert, 2017 program
I made incredible friends on this trip, and we had unforgettable adventures. Going to Australia is my favorite thing I've ever done. --Em Osback, 2017 program
While I had many ideas of GO Trips during my underclassman years at Susquehanna, my first choice was this trip and I am sure glad it is the one I stuck with. From the culture, to the food, to the beauty of each site, Australia was truly a country of amazement and I cannot help but dream of my next trip down under. --Michele Barakat, 2015
The most profound cross cultural experience that I had was definitely the tour of the rain forest near the end of the trip with our aboriginal tour guide. He showed us around the land that belonged to him and his ancestors for thousands of years. I discovered throughout the trip that to fully admire another culture, you have to be willing to step beyond your own preconceptions and traditions and immerse yourself in new surroundings. --Cynthia Mentch 2015
This was my first time traveling out of the country so I am really appreciative that the professors helped make this such an amazing first world traveling experience for me and I couldn’t have made better memories with such a great group of people. --Denise Bryson 2014
About GO Short:
Through intentional programming, students make the most of their short-term study abroad on GO Short programs. You will study away with Susquehanna faculty/staff leading a small group of Susquehanna classmates, all of whom have participated in the program’s preparation (i.e. GO Prep) course in the semester prior to departure. After an intensive, active program, there is a reflection course for the program to optimize your cross-cultural learning. As these programs run during winter or summer breaks and are 2-6 weeks, they are great opportunities for students to study away without committing to a full semester.
Photo Credits: David Richard
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.