Challenge Australia: Leadership Development
The Challenge Australia summer program emphasizes leadership, personal development, and team building. Leadership training is an extremely valuable tool for developing such skills across any, and all, disciplines and leadership is considered one of the most broadly needed skills among recent graduates and professionals. The course builds on leadership skills and develops team players while providing you with a sense of accomplishment.
Program Highlights include exploring various points of interest on the east coast of Australia, as well as participation in challenging and inspiring outdoor recreation leadership activities, including zip lining, high/low ropes courses, canoeing and surfing.
Location: During this program students will have the opportunity to focus on their leadership skills in a variety of settings in eastern Australia including: the community of Brisbane; the Kindilan Outdoor Centre; the sub-tropical rainforest of Lamington National Park; Byron Bay; and Gold Coast, also known as the the surf city. (Note that these specifics are tenative and might change slightly).
Learn more about Australia!
- Language: This program is offered in English. Although Australia does not have an official language, English is the most prominently spoken.
- Program Provider: International Studies Abroad (ISA) is one of MSU’s affiliated
study abroad providers that has been chosen specifically for the quality and
credibility of their academic offerings, affordability, and the level of service
provided to participants.
Program Cost: Tuition and fees will be paid directly to ISA, and a single course fee of $50 will be paid to MSU. For more information about what the program fee scroll down the program’s home page.
As an affiliate university, the program fees published include a $200 USD discount for all Minot State University students.
Areas of Study: This program is open to students of all majors who meet the general requirements listed below. It may be of particular interest to those studying business, marketing, management, leadership studies, sociology, cultural studies, outdoor education, environmental issues, or related areas.
This program provides students the opportunity to build upon leadership and teamwork skills in an experiential learning course while exploring Brisbane and other exciting Australian destinations. Australian lecturers, a volunteer service project and tours of key attractions immerse students into the Australian culture and way of life. Students will experience personal awareness and self-understanding on this transformative program.
The courses which have been pre-approved for this program are:
- HPER 497- (4 credits towards) Corporate Fitness Practicum
Housing: During the Challenge Australia program, students stay in a variety of accommodations based on the location of the course. Accommodation is typcially double or triple occupancy. There may be one night of camping included in your program itinerary. Camping gear and supplies will be provided by ISA. Any personal items you need will be communicated to you after your final admission into the program.
All accommodation meets strict standards and has been personally inspected by ISA program representatives to ensure that housing will be safe, clean and satisfactory.
How to Apply
Application Deadline: February 15th
Eligibility: Undergraduates, with sophomore status and at least a 2.5 GPA (cumulative).
- Step 1: Review ISA Application Instructions
- Step 2: Submit a completed MSU Study Abroad Application to the MSU Office of International Programs by February 15th
- Step 3: Receive letter of acceptance to study abroad through MSU from the MSU Office of International Programs
- Step 4: By the appropriate deadline, create a ISA account and complete a ISA application, making sure to follow all instructions and program requirements.
- Step 4: You will receive notification of your final acceptance status from ISA. If admitted, complete the process outlined below along with any other instructions you receive from ISA.
Contact Information: Emma May Education Abroad Programs Assistant
Information for Admitted Students
* Although we make every attempt to keep this information up to date, please defer to information provided to you directly from ISA as the best resource. If there are discrepancies between the protocols listed here (applying for housing, getting registered for courses, etc.) and those told to you by ISA, default to those of ISA. However, health insurance requirements, course equivalencies, credit transfer and grading are determined solely by MSU.
- Information for accepted
students: Access your ISA Account to find important information and requirements to aid you in
your preparations for your program, including:
- Student housing details
- Student visas
- Scheduling your travel
- Health, safety & insurance
- Cultural resources
- Cell phones/ communication while abroad
- Housing: Accommodations will be automatically arranged by ISA.
Academics: This program is designed to educate students in the best teaching environment there is…the real world! This short course is designed to be an experiential study to supplement classroom understanding.
Assessment: Students will participate in online discussions and/or assignments prior to departure. While in Australia, students will keep a reflective journal and work towards a final paper due at the end or after the course concludes.
Students will receive an official transcript from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with 4 US Credits in Leadership Studies upon completion of the course.
- Program Itinerary: (subject to change) The program starts in Brisbane, Australia with a program introduction, cultural information and essential safety advice. After 2 days of teambuilding and guest lectures in Brisbane, the group will then travel to the Kindilan Outdoor Centre – an experiential learning program that specializes in outdoor education. During this time the group will participate in group activities, such as a low ropes, canoeing, orienteering, problem solving, and raft building. The group will then spend 3 days in Lamington National Park at Binna Burra completing activities including "Rogaining! (Orienteering) the Thought Sport", abseiling, nocturnal spotlighting walk, bush poetry, music around the campfire, zip lining, and team building through initiative activities. Students will then travel to Byron Bay where they will learn to surf at MojoSurf. Additionally students will participate in their volunteer service project at Cape Byron State Conservation Park.
The final days of the program will be spent in Gold Coast, where students will participate in guided reflection on the past two weeks of their leadership development.
- Visa: Terminology note: the words 'visa,'
'residence permit' and 'study permit' are used interchangeably to describe the
document that authorizes a person to enter or leave the country for which it was
Information about your student visa or entry requirements will be obtained from ISA. Depending upon your program dates and individual situation, travel to the embassy (and/or a visa) might not be necessary.
- Planning your travel:
Wait to make your travel arrangements until you have received an itinerary and
guidelines from GlobaLinks Learning Abroad regarding official dates of
departure from the U.S., as well as the program’s official end date. After
booking all travel arrangements (flights, trains, etc.), it is imperative to
schedule your arrival with your onsite coordinator.
Global Health Insurance: Insurance coverage is critical in obtaining medical assistance abroad, and the coverage you’ll need on your study abroad program differs from what most domestic insurance policies offer.
ISA programs include comprehensive international health insurance through HTH Worldwide, political security and natural disaster evacuation coverage with DRUM, and the Basic ISIC (International Student Identity Card) for all . These are included in the program fees and are mandatory for each program participant.
Click here for more information about Health and Safety through ISA.
last updated September 8, 2014