Bear Down Under: Sport and Recreation

Australia
Multi-city
Bear Down Under: Sport and Recreation
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Dates, Deadlines, and Costs
Term App Deadline Start Date End Date Cost
Summer March 15 late June late July Budget
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

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.

Academics

2017 tentative dates: June 19 - June 22 (On Campus); Depart June 24 - Return July 23

Tentative coursework:

SOC 496: Special Topics - Sport in Australia (6 units)

This course examines 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. 

Faculty: 

Dr. Derek Martin, School of Sociology
derekcmartin@email.arizona.edu
520.626.3480

Location

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.

Housing

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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