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  • Locations: Fremantle, Australia
  • See instructions below in Dates/Deadlines section

    Program Terms:
    Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Program Director: Schedule an Appointment
  • Restrictions: Notre Dame applicants only
  • Expenses students are responsible for: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

You MUST choose your FIRST PREFERENCE SEMESTER when applying.

DO NOT apply to the same program for different terms. You will be able to indicate your openness to alternate semesters within the application questionnaire.

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Direct Enroll Recommended GPA: 3.0
Housing Options: Dormitory College: College of Arts & Letters, Mendoza College of Business
Language of Instruction: English Class Level While Abroad: Junior Only
Minimum Credit Load: 15 credit program Program Director: Kyle Sturges
Special Opportunities: Cultural Excursions, Field Trips Program Required Approvals: Advising Dean Approval, DUS Approval
Program Required References: None
Program Information:

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Fremantle is Western Australia's principal port and is located at the mouth of the Swan River on the shores of the Indian Ocean. It is approximately twenty minutes from the center of Perth, the capital of the State of Western Australia. This port city boasts a colorful history, heritage architecture, thriving industry, and a lifestyle alive with sidewalk cafes, galleries, restaurants, and pubs. Western Australia covers more than one-third of the Australian continent and is one of the six states and two territories that make up the commonwealth of Australia.

Program Dates*
Fall Semester (Australia Semester 2): Mid-July through late November
Spring Semester (Australia Semester 1): Mid-February through late June

*Prior to applying, please take program dates into consideration and how they may coincide or conflict with internship and other academic requirements.

Academic Program
  • Students will participate on the Study Abroad Program offered through The University of Notre Dame Australia's Fremantle campus.
  • The University of Notre Dame Australia (NDA), Australia's first private Catholic university, was founded in 1990 through an act of the Western Australian Parliament and a Canonical statute from the Archdiocese of Perth which took effect on July 2, 1991. NDA has strong collegial links with the University of Notre Dame Du Lac (NDUS).
  • Students who attend the University of Notre Dame Australia are able to progress in their academic studies and work towards their degrees while in Australia. Students will experience a much broader education as they immerse themselves in the Australian culture and a different system of education.
  • Grades are assigned according to the Australian grading system and then converted to US grades. Grades obtained in Fremantle will be included in the computation of students' grade point averages.
  • All students enroll in 5 courses (units)
  • NDA offers courses at the undergraduate level in the following Schools:
    • Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Law, Nursing, and Philosophy & Theology
  • Both semesters, all students are required to take AL375 Australian History and Society*
    • AL375 includes an excursion to learn about Aboriginal culture, and explore the Australian outback. Typically, this excursion is to the north coast town of Broome and comes at no additional cost to the student.
  • Fall semester**, all Mendoza College of Business students are also required to take BS307 Business in Asia in addition to AL375*
    • BS307 is not available to non-Business students
    • Students enrolling in BS307 are also eligible to participate in an optional academic excursion to Singapore (at an additional cost)
    • **Business students typically enroll in the fall semester program, as special units have been developed to expose them to business in the Asia-Pacific Rim region.
*Course numbers, titles, and availability always subject to change.

Study Abroad compiles a
database of previously offered approved courses and how these courses can be used in the Notre Dame (NDUS) curriculum by departmental designation and number. Students should use this resource in addition to the Browse Classes feature in NOVO when searching for NDUS course equivalents. Additionally, students can refer to NDA's Study Abroad Program website to review recent semester course offerings. Final course offerings are generally not available until closer to departure, and all courses are subject to change.

  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • See fact sheet above for other eligibility considerations
Special Considerations
  • All students will be required to obtain a Student Visa after they've been formally accepted to the program. The cost of the visa (approximately $425.00USD) is the student's responsibility.
Special Opportunities
  • All students successfully completing the Fremantle program will receive the NDA University Certificate in International Studies
  • By completing specific coursework*, students may instead pursue one of the following certificates:
    • NDA University Certificate in Asia Pacific Studies
      • Spring semester only
        • AL375 Australian History and Society plus four of the following units:
          • AY303/HY2001 Unearthing the Past: the History and Archaeology of Western Australia
          • AB100 Aboriginal People
          • PL3006 Public Policy and Practice: the Business of Government
          • PL3007 Home and Away: Comparing Political Systems
          • TS306 Australian Theatr 
    • NDA University Certificate in Asia Pacific Business
      • Fall semester only
        • AL375 Australian History and Society
        • BS307 Business in Asia
        • HY2021 The History and Politics of Southeast Asia
        • Two elective units
    • NDA University Certificate in Australasian Ecology
      • Spring semester requirements
        • AL375 Australian History and Society plus three of the following units:
          • SS350 Pollution and Ecotoxicology
          • SE352 Natural Resource Management
          • SE350 Foundations of Environmental Education
          • SG111 Physical Geography: Climates, Geology, and Soils
        • and one additional elective unit
      • Fall semester requirements
        • AL375 Australian History and Society
        • SE233 Australian Ecology and Environmental Issues
        • SG311 Coastal Processes and Planning
        • One approved Science unit
        • One elective unit
*Course numbers, titles, and availability always subject to change. Please work with your academic advisor to discuss applicability of any course/certificate to your degree progress and requirements.

Housing and Meals
Students generally reside in single rooms at Port Lodge or P&O Hotel, near where classes are held; in some cases, students will be roomed in a double. Rooms are furnished with a single bed, bed linens, towels, desk and chair, wardrobe, side table, desk lamp, alarm clock, heater and/or fan, and a trash can. Bathrooms are single gender and shared among all students. Students have access to kitchen space, as well, and coin-operated laundry facilities are also available. Wifi is available.

Regular community meals allow students the opportunity to come together, and NDUS provides a living allowance to offset other food costs. The living allowance amount is confirmed prior to departure and reviewed regularly.

If you are considering applying to a study abroad program and you do not have a valid passport, or your passport will expire within six months past your program end date, please take steps to obtain or renew your passport immediately. Passports can take longer than expected to process, and you may need your passport to apply for visas well before your program begins. For more information about obtaining and renewing passports visit the United States Postal Service.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.