Challenge Australia: Leadership Development - Summer or January Short Course


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers the Challenge Australia through our partner International Studies Abroad.

Please click here to apply or learn more about Challenge Australia and all 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.

Thousands of students graduate college each year but have little direction of what to do next in life. Surprisingly, few graduates are equipped with the skills and confidence that will empower them to achieve their goals or adapt successfully into a professional career.

Leadership training is an extremely valuable tool for developing such skills across any and all disciplines, and leadership is considered one of the most broadly needed skills among recent graduates and professionals. In today’s world, there is significant demand for a new generation of leaders who can bring about positive change in local, national, and international affairs.

This summer short course emphasizes leadership, personal development, and team building. Students already practicing leadership skills and those who might not otherwise see themselves as leaders or as team players will both realize their ability to develop in these areas. You will also come away with a sense of accomplishment and pride after your experience.

This program is based off our Challenge New Zealand: Leadership Development program.  Academic components of both courses are very similar with differing locations and activities.


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Known to many as the "Land Down Under", Australia's biggest attraction is its natural beauty. The sixth largest country in the world, Australia is nearly the same size as the continental United States and home to 20 million people. Australia is well known for its varied landscapes from the red deserts of the Outback to the white sand beaches that surround nearly the entire continent.

Yet despite all of Australia's amazing physical features the real beauty of the country can be found in each of its amazing residents. The Australian people are arguably some of the friendliest people on Earth. With their undeniable love of sport and laid-back "Give it a Go!" attitude, the Australian people are what really give this remarkable country it's reputation as a must see destination.

During this program students will have the opportunity to focus on their leadership skills in 4 different locations utilizing the cities and the outdoors of Eastern, Australia. Activities will include visiting an Australian wildlife sanctuary, volunteer service project, Australian guest speakers and local tours to experience the Australian culture. Students will take advantage of the rich culture in Brisbane, participate in cultural and outdoor leadership skills at the Echo Creek Adventure Center, and experience the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns.





Academic Focus

Challenge Australia: Leadership Development is based off our Challenge New Zealand: Leadership Development program.  Academic components of both courses are very similar with differing locations and activities.

This program is designed to educate students in the best teaching environment there is…the real world! This short course is designed to be an experiential study to supplement classroom understanding.

Learning will be encouraged through the following mediums:

  • Australian cultural and eco-tourism site visits
  • On-location presentations by local experts such as educators and tourism operators with the opportunity to present questions
  • Exposure to Australian culture, customs, and heritage on a daily basis
  • Cultural immersion and self sufficiency through promotion of activities such as ‘unplanned dining’ or ‘local cuisine cooking’ opportunities
  • Unscheduled time to explore the Australian culture on a personal level
  • Outdoor recreation that aims to challenge, inspire and provide the canvas to apply leadership learning 

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the learners will have demonstrated:

  • An understanding of the theory and practice of collaborative leadership.
  • An understanding of the theory and practice of group dynamics, especially those elements that support and assure the success of collaborative leadership.
  • An ability to apply concepts about effective group dynamics to practical situations.
  • Functional competencies as participants of small groups.
  • Capacity for self-management for the purposes of achieving the interests of the group.
  • An understanding of some of the common ethical issues faced by collaborative leaders.

Course Structure

Students will fly into Brisbane, Australia to start the program.  The group will have a Program Introduction, which explores the differences and similarities between North American culture and that of Australia. Essential safety advice is covered, as well laws relating to the country to ensure a happy and safe stay. During the presentation, participants will receive a detailed course itinerary and have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have.

They will then spend the next 2 days exploring Brisbane, including a walking tour around the city, participating in teambuilding activities and hearing from guest leadership lecturers.  The group will then travel to the Echo Creek Adventure Centre an experiential learning program that specializes in outdoor and cultural education, which is located on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef.  During this time, the group will participate in activities such as low ropes, indigenous art, absailing and rock climbing, orienteering and kayaking, problem solving and raft building. 

Students will then spend three days in Cairns where they will visit the Wildlife Dome, zipline, and enjoy a free day to explore the Great Barrier Reef.  


Students will participate in online discussions and/or assignments prior to departure. While in Australia, students will keep a reflective journal and work towards a final paper due at the end or after the course concludes.


Students will receive an official transcript from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with 4 US Credits in Leadership Studies upon completion of the course.

Program Highlights

  • Build upon leadership and teamwork skills in an experiential learning course
  • Explore Brisbane and other exciting Australian destinations as you travel around the eastern coast 
  • Australian speakers, a volunteer service project and local tours to key attractions give you an immersion into the unique Australian culture and way of life
  • Experience personal transformation and self-awareness as you work together with a group of like-minded students from throughout North America


Who Should Apply

Open to students of all majors who have completed at least one year of full-time university study. May be of particular interest to those studying business, marketing, management, leadership studies, sociology, cultural studies, outdoor education, environmental issues, or related areas.




During the Challenge Australia: Leadership Development program you will stay in a variety of accommodations based on the location of the course. You can expect to be housed in shared accommodation. There may be one night of camping included in your program itinerary.  

All accommodation meets strict standards and has been personally inspected by GlobaLinks Learning Abroad. 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.


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 Date

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. 


Scholarships Available

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Participants of our programs are eligible for scholarships.  More information about these awards can be found at

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We encourage students to consider other information sources to locate scholarships such as your library, bookstore, internet, local service organizations such as Rotary or Knights of Columbus, and professional organizations in your area and home country which may offer scholarships.

To get started, visit the Scholarship Resource page.


Challenge Australia: Leadership Development
Program FeesTBD
Housing with MealsIncluded in program fees
Housing without MealsIncluded in program fees
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Summer/Short Course Program Includes

Tuition and instruction
Course readings, including textbooks
An official transcript from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Host university activity and insurance fees
Most meals for the duration of the program
Shared accommodations in facilities ranging from backpackers to camping
Cultural tours, excursions, and activities - such as kayaking, mountain biking, zip-lining, and more!
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 inclusions may vary by term or year. Please contact the program manager for more details.

*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. Freshmen will be considered on a case by case basis. The program is open to students of all majors and interests.

Required GPA: 2.50

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

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