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Belmont in Australia: CLOSED

Poisons, Social Justice, and Public Relations Down Under

Through this program you will have the opportunity to learn about the chemistry behind the world’s most poisonous continent, how math can help us to better understand social justice, and how public relations operates in an international market. Our adventure to OZ (that’s what the Aussies call it) starts in Brisbane where we will begin to learn about Australian wildlife and customs. From there we will spend 3 days at a University of Queensland island-based research facility before making our way north into the Tropic of Capricorn where we will stay for about a week. While there we will encounter more wildlife and visit the Great Barrier Reef. Our journey concludes in Sydney where our focus will shift more towards Social Justice and Public Relations.

Cities Visited:

  • Brisbane
  • Townsville
  • Cairns
  • Sydney (including a day on the Great Barrier Reef)
Program Dates:
Summer Study Abroad: July 11 to July 30, 2017

Interest Meeting:


Students enroll in any of the following courses:

CEM 3950: Pick Your Poison: Australia

(Junior Cornerstone, lab science OR non-lab science—no prerequisites)

Why are there so many deadly plants and animals indigenous to Australia? What makes them so deadly? In this junior cornerstone you will learn about traditional scientific concepts and communicating those concepts through the study of poisons found in Australia. Each topic you explore related to your poison will contribute to your framework of chemical knowledge and result in a deeper understanding of the concepts of chemistry. The culminating project for this course will be an engaging group presentation about the poisonous/venomous Australian organism of your group’s choice.

MTH 1950: Math for Social Justice

(BELL Core math requirement; math 1000-level—no prerequisites)

In this course we will use mathematics to better understand justice, fairness, and equality. Mathematics will be used to explore issues of social, political, and economic justice on the local (Brisbane and Townsville), national (focusing mainly on Australia), and global levels. We’ll use the power of mathematics as an essential analytical tool in understanding issues of equality and justice in and in the world. Then, through a pre-approved topic relevant to the local settings - we will use that knowledge to improve each other’s understand of the world beyond the United States.

PRL 2950: International Public Relations

(major/minor requirement for Public Relations students)

This undergraduate course is designed to introduce students to global perspectives on public relations theory and practice. A primary goal of the course is to familiarize students with the rapid development of the public relations field in multiple regions of the world and demonstrate the opportunities the field offers to future professionals in the areas of corporate communication, international relations, government, transnational businesses, non-governmental organizations, and global public relations firms.

Online options: Third Year Writing (satisfies BELL CORE requirement), Religion Jr. Cornerstone (satisfies Path B Religion Gen Ed 3000 level REL requirement, International Business 3300 (satisfies BBA Core Business requirement for International Business)

You must participate in at least one course offered onsite. You should consult individual program faculty to see how online options can fit into your study abroad program.

  • Open to qualified Belmont students
  • Students can be from any discipline
  • Undergraduate students need GPA of 2.5 or above
Costs: Program Fee + Tuition + Airfare

1)     Program Fee: $4,000

Includes housing, in-country transportation, some meals, on-site support, student insurance.

2)     Belmont Tuition: Tuition is charged at the special study abroad tuition rate of 1/3 the cost of normal Summer tuition. For every 3 hours of study abroad credit you register for, you pay for only one hour.
3)     Airfare: Students are responsible for their own international travel. The program will begin in Brisbane and finish in Sydney. Flight recommendations will be made available to students.


Undergraduate: Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn 3 to 9 hours of Belmont University credit.


Application Deadlines:

February 15, 2017

Faculty Contacts:
Dr. Alison Parker, Deparment of Chemistry & Physics or
Dr. Brad Schleben, Department of Mathematics & Computer Science