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Melbourne, Australia

Program Description

With a focus on sustainable design and planning, students from range of disciplines will explore the unique geographical, environmental, cultural, economic, and political issues that have distinctly shaped Australian cities and environments. The program will be based in Melbourne, but will include visits to other striking Australian landscapes and cities, such as Sydney. Students will investigate the relationships between infrastructure, economy, culture, and planning and the implication of these factors for sustainability. Students will study, for instance, how the city is preparing for and adapting to changing climate, and how to use bio-inspired design in environmental planning. Coursework will be mixture of learning in the environments we will be studying, and pursuing your own applied interests and focus through project work.

Location Description

Melbourne is a city rich in history and culture, and is the state capital of Victoria. It is a large metropolitan area, and the second most populous city in Australia. It is near many natural wonders, including the beautiful coastline that following the great ocean road, with breathtaking cliffs and natural beauty. Ranked as the most “liveable city” in the world, it is also a popular tourist destination due to its mild climate, many recreational opportunities, and vibrant art scene. Renowned for its cuisine, it has food which reflects the global diversity of its inhabitants.  Time in Sydney will also allow students to explore one of the world’s great cities. 


Justin Henriques | | Engineering

Henry Way | | ISAT


Students will share double rooms which have access to kitchen facilities. Housing will be conveniently located in the city centre near the university, public transportation, grocery stores, and restaurants, immersing students in the Australian environment and lifestyle.

Students will be responsible for spending their own money on groceries and at restaurants for most meals. Some meals will be provided as part of the program during excursions and outings. 

Additional Items to Consider

Students must possess a valid passport prior to traveling to Australia. A visa is required to enter the country, and details on this process will be provided as part of the pre-departure process.

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must have a GPA minimum of 2.0

This program is targeted towards rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Application Process

This list serves as an application preview. To apply, students will need to complete the following:

  • Study Abroad Online Application ($25 fee)
  • Short Essay 
  • Interview with Program Director may be required
  • Official transcript required for non-JMU students

Further details and instructions about these application requirements will be available upon log-in. 

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Application Deadline


All dates are tentative and subject to change


GEOG 491: International Studies (3 credits)

GEOG 310: Environmental Issues - Australian Urban Sustainability (3 credits)

ENGR 498: Sustainable Design and Planning in Australia (3 credits)

ENGR 480: Advanced Projects in Engineering in Australia (3 credits)

Courses listed here are to be used as a general guideline for program curriculum. *All courses are considered pending until approved by the Academic Department, Program, and/or College.


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