The Australian Sporting Industry - Summer or January Short Course


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers The Australian Sporting Industry program through our partner International Studies Abroad.

Please click here to apply or learn more about other Australia program options.

 GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this short-term program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

In partnership with the University of Canberra, GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers a unique opportunity to explore the Australian sporting industry from both a professional and recreational perspective. The program, taught by staff from the University of Canberra’s National Institute of Sports Studies (NISS@UC), combines different aspects of the sporting industry through an interactive learning experience. This includes technical components of training and coaching and how the Australian media influence the sporting culture. This course focuses on providing you with the opportunity to observe and participate in activities that combine both theoretical and practical knowledge of Australian sport.


During this course students will be introduced to the Australian sports system, which will encompass a variety of subject areas and be of interest to a variety of students involved in sports, marketing, management, fitness and kinesiology. Students will gain coaching advice, increase their marketing skills by marketing sports the Australian way, along with gaining an insight on nutrition, sports research, psychology, and human movement and fitness.


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This course will allow students to experience sports in three different regions of Australia. Students will travel to Melbourne, home to the Australian Rules Football League; Canberra, the capital city of Australia; and Cairns and tropical Queensland, home to the Great Barrier Reef.



The course starts in Melbourne, the capital of Victoria. Melbourne is considered to be the “cultural capital” of Australia and hosts events ranging from epic sporting battles to world-class exhibitions and festivals. Here students will have the opportunity to experience the spectacular action of an Australian Football League (AFL) match.



Canberra is the capital city of Australia and is also the home to the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), a world class sporting facility where national and international athletes train.Canberra is a cosmopolitan city with many national monuments, museums, restaurants and shopping.

Sydney & the Blue Mountains

This splendid city spreads itself around the edges of its vast sparkling harbor to fabulous golden beaches. As Australia’s oldest and largest metropolis, Sydney is internationally acknowledged as an ultra sophisticated and dynamic city. Sydney itself is very international, with an array of ethnic groups contributing to the city’s social life. Between the museums, shops, dining, harbor cruses, botanic gardens, beaches, and historic sights, Sydney is endlessly discoverable. You will also spend a morning visiting the Blue Mountains, a popular area near Sydney. The solitude, breathtaking scenery and awesome landscapes are all waiting to be discovered.


Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef

Tropical, wild and rugged, Queensland's Far North is a stunning destination and tourist mecca. Though geographically small, the region contains the richest pocket of bio-diversity in Australia, if not the world. Students will experience a crocodile tour, learn about surfing and life-saving rescues, white water raft, and snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef.



Academic Focus

Course Structure

A combination of classroom-based lectures from sporting experts in Australia and a variety of excursions will form the basis for this course. NISS staff will delivery lectures on topics such as The Australian sports system, sport as entertainment, Australian coaching principles, and marketing sport the Australian way. Students will spend three days at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) participating in a range of events including lectures and training sessions presented by athletes, trainers, coaches and sports specialists from the AIS. Sessions here include: nutrition, skill acquisition, recovery, and psychology.



Students will participate in course work prior to their departure, during their three week program and culminate their experience with a research project, which will be submitted after students return home. Students will write short essays on a variety of lecture topics, write a comparitive analysis essay, write in a daily journal and gather information for a final research project in Australia, which will be completed after the program has come to an end. All materials, equipment and required texts and readings will be provided to students upon arrival in Australia.



Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive 6 US credits on an official University of Canberra transcript.




Program Highlights

  • The University of Canberra offers you a unique opportunity to explore aspects of Australia's sporting industry, including kinesiology, coaching, training, management, motivation, marketing, and media
  • Learn from sporting experts in Australia about the Australian sports system, sport as entertainment, Australian coaching principles, and marketing sport the Australian way
  • Experience life at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) a world class sporting facility where national and international athletes train
  • Athletes, trainers, coaches, and sports specialists from the AIS will lead sessions that include: nutrition, skill acquisition, recovery, and psychology
  • Experience four diverse locations within Australia: Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, and Cairns
  • Snorkel on the Great Barrier Reef


Overseas staff keep a blog during the program each summer.  Click here to read last year's blog to see for yourself what you can discover down under! 

(Make sure you scroll down to the Australia section, as they also run a program for Australian students coming to the US.)


Who Should Apply

Open to students of all majors who have completed at least one year of full-time university or college study. May be of particular interest to students majoring in sport, recreation and fitness management, kinesiology and exercise science, sports medicine, occupational therapy, physical education and health, or related fields.



During the Australian Sporting Industry short term program students will be housed in a variety of accommodations based on the location of the course.


Students will have a variety of safe housing arrangements, including hotels or dorm style housing. During the Canberra portion of the program students will be housed at the Athlete Village at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). Students will live alongside elite athletes in the communal environment of the AIS Athletes' Residence.


You can feel certain that your housing will be safe, secure, and clean, and that you will be satisfied with your short course program choice.


Australian Institute of Sport

You will spend 1 full week at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) during The Australian Sporting Industry course.  The AIS is Australia's leading athletic training institute.  Outstanding athlete results, combined with skilled coaches, world-class facilities, and cutting-edge sports sciences services have given the AIS its international reputation as a world's best practices model for high performance athletic development.  The AIS trains international athletes, including olypians, and hosts sports camps for amateur atheletes and students. 


While on this summer course, you will participate in one of AIS specially-tailored sports camps.  You will live in their athlete residential quarters, eat from nutritionist-designed menus, and learn from coaches and experts in their fields.  Topics may include nutrition, physiotherapy, sports psychology, recovery, strength and conditioning, Australian sports system, and sports marketing. 


Source: Australian Institute of Sports



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Tours and Travel Available

Beyond our included excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on once you’re abroad. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>

Group Flights

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad works together with STA Travel's group ticket office to arrange group flights for all short course students. This ensures that students can travel as a cohesive group to the program destination. Airfare is not included in program fees and payment of airfare is the responsibility of the student, however GlobaLinks Learning Abroad seeks the lowest possible student rate before reserving seats for participants to purchase, while still maintaining the flexibility that allows students to explore the country or surrounding countries at the conclusion of their short term program.


Flexible Return Dates

Additionally, group flights have a flexible return date. Students may choose their own return date to allow for personal travel after the conclusion of the program. Many students choose to extend their time overseas and travel independently after the program's end. We can provide you with useful travel resources and advice, as well as refer you to travel opportunities that can be pre-booked. 





Video Blog

In Summer 2010, we selected a student participating in "The Australian Sporting Industry", gave her a "Flip Cam" video camera, and asked her to document her time abroad in Australia. Through her videos and commentary we can all learn more about what it's really like to study abroad. You'll hear about her initial thoughts about the program, day to day activites, Australian culture, the academics of the program, and more!



Click here to watch these videos!

Photo Slideshow


Watch a slideshow of photos documenting The Australian Sporting Industry program.



The Australian Sporting Industry
Program FeesTBD
Housing without Mealsincluded
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Summer/Short Course Program Includes
Tuition and instruction
Twin-Share room
Host university activity and insurance fees
24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
Pre-departure materials and travel gear
Comprehensive assistance
Personal program manager
Scholarship and financial aid assistance
Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer
HTH Worldwide health insurance protection
Alumni opportunities, including professional ambassador program
International Student Identity Card
Exclusive Career-Building Alumni Institute (add-on option)
Additional Housing Fee (if applicable)
Housing and some meals are typically included in the Summer/Short Course fee. This is noted above if included or the approximate housing range is provided. Housing amenities are generally:
Technology package available
Linen package available
An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. If housing does not include meals you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.
*All fees are subject to change.


Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level.

Required GPA: 2.50

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

Program Manager
Katie Brooks

Program Assistant
Cory Parkinson