Kayla Becker, daughter of Mark and Meg Becker of Exeter, is studying in Australia during fall semester 2011 through the Office for Education Abroad at the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., and Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. Becker is a junior peace studies major at CSB.
The Australian program is located in Fremantle in Western Australia, approximately 32 miles from the capital city of Perth.
Students enroll at the University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) – the country’s first private, Catholic university. All students participate in a course on Australian history and society, which includes an excursion to West Kimberly in northern Western Australia.
In addition to history and society, students choose three courses from among their major, minor or general education requirements from the UNDA course catalog. CSB and SJU students are housed in a student residence on the university campus with some international and Australian students.
The faculty for the program consists of a professor from CSB and SJU and professors from the University of Notre Dame Australia. Janelle Hinchley, adjunct professor at CSB and SJU, is the director of the program for fall 2011.
The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are ranked number one nationally among baccalaureate institutions with students who participate in mid-length study abroad programs according to the annual report on international education, Open Doors 2011, published by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The two schools had 367 students study abroad on mid-length programs during the 2009-10 school year, the latest year measured by IIE.
Before graduating, 60 percent of CSB students and 46 percent of SJU students will participate in a study abroad program. Many of these are through the 17 semester-long programs administered by CSB and SJU, which are located in 14 countries on six continents and are almost exclusively led by faculty.