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Since 1945 more than six million people from across the world have come to Australia to live. Today, more than 20 percent of Australians are foreign-born and more than 40 percent are of mixed cultural origin. Australians speak 226 languages – after English, the most popular are Italian, Greek, Cantonese, and Arabic. This rich cultural diversity is reflected in the food, which embraces most of the world’s cuisines and artfully fuses quite a few of them. You’ll find European flavors; the tantalizing spices of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East; and “bush tucker” from the backyard offered everywhere from street stalls to five-star restaurants. Enjoy Thai takeaway, dine out on perfect Italian pasta, do tapas in one of the country’s Spanish strips, or feast on dumplings in Chinatown.

Australia is the sixth largest country in the world. It’s about the same size as the 48 mainland states of the U.S. and 50% larger than Europe, but has the lowest population density in the world – only two people per square kilometer. Australia’s coastline stretches almost 50,000 kilometers and is linked by over 10,000 beaches, more than any other country in the world. More than 85% of Australians live within 50 kilometers of the coast, making it an integral part of their laid-back lifestyle.

Keep in mind – this is the southern hemisphere, so their academic year runs from February to November; our winter is their summer, and vice versa!

Marymount University students can participate in the following programs in Australia through Study Australia. These programs are full immersion programs; that is, students are fully enrolled into an Australian university. Most universities have a similar variety of majors like Marymount University, however you can view the Course Summary Grid for major-specific information.

  • Sydney Programs
    • As Australia’s largest city, it is also a prime financial and commercial center. Cultural experiences abound in theatre, dance, art and history, with year-round festivals celebrating the city’s multicultural heritage.
  • Melbourne Programs
    • Melbourne is a city made up of precincts, similar to San Francisco and New York, and there is a precinct to suit everyone. Melbourne is easy to navigate. Jump on a tram and let it take you to Melbourne’s bayside beach precinct of St. Kilda to wander through the local craft and farmers markets. Visit the bohemian enclave of Fitzroy for a delicious breakfast or the fashionista’s mecca South Yarra, where people-watching is an art form. Melbourne is an exciting, multicultural city where the locals are laid-back and friendly, equally comfortable joining the fans at the “footy” during the day and by evening attending the ballet or symphony orchestra. Melbourne blends both sophistication and bohemia, and is a great city alternative to the more flamboyant Sydney.
  • Brisbane Programs
    • Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, is a comfortable, vibrant city with a population of approximately 1.8 million and is the fastest-growing city in Australia. It is an excellent base for discovering some of the highlights of Queensland. Brisbane combines the friendly atmosphere of a large country town with the vitality of a modern city. It has the excitement and sophistication of a state capital, the charm of a well-preserved past and a beautiful natural setting on the banks of a winding river.
  • Perth Programs
    • The city of Perth is bisected by the Swan River and situated on the Indian Ocean with some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. This clean, uncrowded cosmopolitan city is the sunniest of all Australian capitals with an average of eight hours of sunshine a day – even more than San Diego or Hawaii! With its Mediterranean-style climate, relaxed lifestyle, and more than 1 million residents, Perth offers students from overseas a high-quality education, diverse cultural, sporting and recreational opportunities, and an affordable standard of living.
  • Gold Cost Programs
    • The Gold Coast, 50 miles from Brisbane, is famous for its surfing beaches, national parks and mountain ranges. It also offers many entertainment options, such as its famous Food and Wine Festival, and attractions such as Sea World, Warner Brothers Movie World, and the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Sporting activities include major marathons and Iron Man and Woman competitions. The Gold Coast has a near-perfect subtropical climate and Australia’s largest expanse of calm water, with year-round swimming and surfing at some of the most beautiful beaches on the continent.
  • Townsville/Cairns Programs
    • Nestled on the banks of the Ross River, Townsville is Australia’s largest tropical city with a population of 160,000 and is an important commercial and administrative center and port. The city center is fronted by a beachside promenade lined with restaurants, cafés, pools and parks. It is an industrial city that serves as the center for the surrounding mining, agricultural and pastoral industries and is a convenient access point for those looking to visit the Great Barrier Reef.
    • Cairns (pronounced ‘Cans’) is the northernmost city in Queensland and is the main access point for the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Tropical Rainforest, Cape Tribulation and the Atherton Tablelands, making it a major tourist destination. Cairns also serves as an international port and the center for surrounding agricultural industries.