New study abroad program to start early

By Leanne Pantone
March 27, 2003

Since there is such a strong interest in the program, the starting date for the study abroad program at the University of Notre Dame in Australia has been moved up a year. Instead of starting in the spring semester of 2005, it will begin in the spring of 2004.

The program, which has been in development for the past year, will be finalized and the formal agreement between Cabrini and the University of Notre Dame in Australia will be signed by President Antoinette Iadarola, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Jonnie Guerra and Peta Sanderson, the study abroad coordinator at the University of Notre Dame in Australia on Monday, March 31.

Sanderson will be giving three presentations on campus on Monday, two will be for students who are interested in the program and the third will be for faculty. The first student presentation will be held at 2 p.m. in the President’s Hospitality Suite in the Dixon Center and at the other will be held at 8 p.m. on the second floor lounge of New Residence Hall. Students have the option of choosing which one will fit in best with their schedules. Sanderson will speak to faculty at 4 p.m. in President’s Hospitality Suite in the Dixon Center about the program so “those faculty who are advisers will know how to advise those students who are interested in the program,” Dr. Nicholas Uliano, study abroad coordinator, said.

This program is unique because, like the study abroad program in Rome, it is no longer run in conjunction with Arcadia, but it is managed directly with Cabrini.

The session for the Australian program runs from January to June. “The students arrive in the middle of the Australian summer,” Uliano said. “In these uncertain times, Australia is a safe and lovely place to be.”

Renee Cain, who is currently studying abroad in Australia, would “recommend studying abroad in Australia to anyone who is interested.” Outside of the classroom, Cain “chased kangaroos, met tons of awesome people, went hiking through rocks and saw some awesome scenery,” she said.

This program is different than that other study abroad programs because “it appeals to a wide variety of majors,” Uliano said. Any student in any major can study abroad in Australia.

All students are required to enroll in a course called Environmental Ecology, which is a four-week long class. The first two weeks are spent in lecture and workshop and the remaining two weeks are spent aboard the STS Leeuwin. The advantage of this program is that it “combines practical experience and education,” Uliano said.

Students who attend the program will attend the commencement ceremonies at the University of Notre Dame in June and will be given a certificate indicating completion in the study abroad program, according to Uliano.

Study abroad “changes a person’s perspectives and views on the world and makes he or she a much more complete person,”

Leanne Pantone

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