Bear Down Under: Sport and Recreation

Bear Down Under: Sport and Recreation
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
TermApp DeadlineStart DateEnd DateCost
SummerFebruary 25late Junelate JulyBudget
Program Information
  • GPA
  • 2.5
  • Language of Instruction
  • English
  • Foreign Language Requirement
  • No
  • Class Eligibility
  • Junior, Senior, Sophomore
  • Program Open To
  • UA and Non-UA Students
  • Credit Type
  • UA Direct Credit
  • Level of Study
  • Undergraduate
  • Housing Options
  • Residence Hall
  • Program Type
  • UA Faculty-led
Program Overview

Tentative 2019 dates: TBD

Are you a Wildcat Athlete? How about a Sport Enthusiast? Bear Down Under: Sport and Recreation combines the concept of globalization with the opportunity to train and expand one's athletic ability in the vibrant cities of Melbourne, Sydney, and Cairns Australia. Earn 6 credits of UA credit while trying new activities, such as surfing or rugby, working with trainers three times per week and visiting high-level coaching facilities and Olympic sites.

Checkout this fantastic video created by a UA student attending the Bear Down Under program in 2017!




Tentative coursework:

6 units total: SOC 496-Special Topics: Sport in Australia (3 units) & SOC 347- Globalization & Sports (3 units)

During these coursed, students will examine the history and development of sport in Australia and its unique contribution to the global sports community. The class consists of traditional classroom learning, sport participation alongside instruction/training and a component of service learning related to athletics and fitness. 



Dr. Derek Martin, School of Sociology


Sydney, New South Wales serves as the anchor destination with smaller excursions to surrounding areas. Sydney provides maximum access to high level coaching and athletics facilities. The program includes one week in Melbourne, Victoria, visiting the Victorian Institute of Sport and a professional sports team. The VIS allows students to be exposed to an Olympic Training Institute. The final week of the program takes place in the tropical northern city of Cairns, Queensland, where students will visit the Great Barrier Reef and other attractions.


Students will be housed in serviced apartment style accommodation in Sydney and Melbourne. All accommodations have full kitchens for students to prepare meals.

Links of Interest

The University of Arizona program is a unique experience for athletes and sports enthusiasts. Much of the program is comparable to the Michigan State International Summer Program, which you can learn more about in the video below:

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