Australia

Offered in fall semesters of even numbered years, next offered in Fall 2014

The faculty director for the Fall 2014 Australia program will be Biology Professor Ryan Rehmeier, and the program will be based at Simpson’s partner institution, the University of Adelaide, in the state of South Australia.

On the newest “Simpson Experience Abroad” semester program, students can explore the academic, social, and cultural life of Adelaide, Australia along with other Simpson students. Participants take classes alongside Australians at our partner institution, the University of Adelaide, and get a glimpse into Australian culture by living with a local host family.

The following two courses will be offered by Professor Rehmeier for all students on the program:

  • Environmental Issues in Australia and the United States (4 credits; CS 2, Tentative ECC designations: SR with OC and CT embedded skills)
  • Study Abroad Reflection (4 credits; CS 7, Tentative ECC designations: GP with WC embedded skill)

Students will also take two additional 4-credit courses of their choosing taught by faculty at the University of Adelaide.  Visit the University’s “Degree Finder” to see the types of courses offered.

Cost of the program

To participate in the program, students pay Simpson tuition, room and board plus a program fee of approximately $5,800 – 6,300 (final cost has not yet been determined). In addition, students are also responsible for covering their air transportation costs to and from Adelaide at an approximate cost of between $2,000 – $2,200 from Des Moines.

Requirements

Students must take and pass a one-credit hour orientation course during the spring semester preceding the semester in Australia. Students must also have a grade point average of at least 3.0 both at the time of application for the program, and at the time of departure in order to be able to study abroad.

To apply for admission into the program, students should complete the online application, and upload all of the required documents by 4:30pm on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013.  An application includes:

  • Creating an account on the new online application system, and then completing the online application process on that site.
  • Writing a one to two page personal statement explaining why you’re interested in this semester program and how it fits into your educational goals.
  • Providing the names and contact information for two people who could serve as references (neither of whom are related to you and at least one should be a Simpson professor) on your skills, abilities, and character.

Then, upload the following to your Simpson Storm Front account:

  • a copy of your Simpson College degree audit.  Once you’ve obtained your degree audit on your Storm Front account, right click within the web browser and “Select All”. Then right click again and select “Copy”. Open a new document in Microsoft Word and change the orientation to Landscape. Then Right click in the document to “Paste” the Degree Audit into the new Word document. Save this document as a .pdf file by selecting “PDF” from the “Save file type” drop down menu which is located below the file name.  Then upload the file
  • a copy of the data page from your passport, if you already have it, but if you don’t already have a passport, then upload a copy of your completed passport application (with your SSN blacked out). Please note: you are not required to submit that completed passport application, the supporting documentation or the associated processing fee to the Warren County Recorder’s Office or any other passport application processing site until you’ve received notification that you have been accepted into a travel course.
  • Proof that you’ve made a $200 non-refundable deposit to the Simpson College Business Office.  This deposit is applied to the program cost, upon acceptance to the program, and will be credited back to the student’s account should they not be accepted into the program.

When you complete your application, you will be asked to sign up for a 15-minute interview with the Program Director and the Director of International Education, which will take place during the week of Oct. 28.

Students will be notified of their status in the Australia program during the week of Nov. 4, 2013, and they will be enrolled in the spring semester, 1-credit study abroad prep course taught by Professor Rehmeier.   A second deposit payment of $300 will be due by Friday, March 7, 2014.

Final program payment is due to be paid with Fall Semester tuition, room, and board during Summer 2014.

For more information, contact:

Ryan Rehmeier
Program Director
Associate Professor of Biology
515-961-1823

or

Jay Wilkinson
Director of International Education
Simpson College
701 North C Street
Indianola, IA 50125
515-961-1288