Program at a Glance
Program Credits12-18 credits
Semesters OfferedFall, Spring
BestSemester proudly offers several off-campus and study abroad programs around the world through the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU). The CCCU is a higher education association of 179 intentionally Christ-centered institutions around the world.
The Australia Studies Centre (ASC) is offered in partnership with Christian Heritage College (CHC), a CCCU affiliate member in Carindale, a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland.
What Will I Study?
The ASC is designed to integrate the firsthand observation and study of Australian culture, history, religion, politics and indigenous cultures together with experiential service learning and formal instruction in Christian studies, business ministries, social sciences and education, and humanities.
Every student is required to take the courses "The View from Australia: Issues in Religion, Politics, Economics and Cultural Values" and "Australian Aboriginal Cultures," and required to select either "Australian Aboriginal Cultures" or "Indigenous Cultures in Australia and Aotearoa (New Zealand)." Additionally, students choose electives from CHC offerings in the School of Christian Studies, School of Business, School of Education and Humanities, School of Ministries and School of Social Sciences.
Included in the elective offerings, students may select an internship through the School of Social Sciences. Students who register for an internship will still take the two core courses, as well as a social science co-requisite course based on the internship placement. Each internship student completes 100 hours of placement and receives a professional mentor.
Students live with Australian families and volunteer with local community service providers. Trips vary from semester to semester but may include excursions to the Australian Outback, Aboriginal Communities and New Zealand.