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  • Locations: Sydney, Australia
  • Program Terms: Early Fall
  • Budget Sheets: Early Fall
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Titlesociology italy
Location Melbourne, Australia
Apollo Bay, Australia
Sydney, Australia
Brisbane, Australia
Cairns, Australia
Academic Term Early Fall 2018
August 25- September 16, 2018
Estimated Program Fee $4,300
Credits 5 UW credits
Prerequisites N/A
Program Directors Tod Bergstrom|
Angela Shelley|
Program Manager Ruby Machado|
Priority Application Deadline February 15, 2018
Information Sessions Jan 30, 12:30-1:20pm, PACCAR Hall 456
Feb 8, 12:30-1:20pm, PACCAR Hall 456
General Numerous studies have shown that Australians are some of the happiest, healthiest and most financially stable individuals in the world. Through this exciting new Exploration Seminar, students and faculty participating in this program will use a “Business, Government & Society” paradigm to study and assess how and why Australia has been so successful. The program will start in Melbourne, travel up the East Coast of Australia – stopping in both Sydney and Brisbane – and culminate in a chance to experience the Great Barrier Reef up close and personal off the coast of Cairns. In each location, students will have to opportunity to discover the Land Down Under through company visits focused on highly successful businesses and through experiences that highlight Australia’s unique culture and sometimes tumultuous history.

Program Description

By almost every measure, Australians are doing things right. In The Economist’s most recent assessment of the best countries to be born in, which predicts the countries that offer the greatest possibility of having “a healthy, safe and prosperous life,” Australia was rated #2 (the US was tied for #16). Last year the UN Human Development Index (a summary measure of average achievement in key dimensions of human development such as a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable and have a decent standard of living) placed Australia as #2 in the world (the US was #10). Australia's per-capita GDP is higher than that of the UK, Canada, Germany, and France in terms of purchasing power parity, and Australia has not suffered an economic recession in 26 years (avoiding both the dot-com bubble in the early 2000s and the global economic recession in 2008-09). Australia also has the highest growth among advanced economies (source: Australian Trade and Investment Commission, 2017).

These outcomes are the result of collaborative efforts – Australian’s government, businesses, and broader society have all contributed to the country’s successes.

This Exploration Seminar can – and intends to – learn from Australia’s success. Students and faculty participating in this program will use a “Business, Government & Society” (BGS) paradigm to study and assess how and why Australia has been so successful. “Business, Government & Society” is a distinct, required course at the Foster School of Business, which focuses on how American businesses interact with, affect, and are affected by our government and society (key stakeholders). This portable model is well suited to study how businesses, government and Australian society have interacted with each other, and been so successful.

In Australia, students will focus primarily on successful Australian businesses, and how they have prospered by collaborating with key stakeholders, including their immediate communities and government. Particular areas of focus will include (1) sustainable business practices (an area that the Australian Chambers of Commerce recognizes each year with awards); (2) how businesses have responded to international developments, e.g. the rise of China in the Pacific; and (3) how Australia’s culture, government, and environment allow businesses to succeed while simultaneously affording employees (and the community) a healthy work-home balance.

Finally, by traveling (virtually) the entire east coast of Australia, meeting local business people and government officials, staying in hostels, bed and breakfasts, and hotels, students will have numerous opportunities to meet and mingle with locals.




Melbourne, Australia
Apollo Bay, Australia
Sydney, Australia
Brisbane, Australia
Cairns, Australia


YHA Australia (the national hostel system) operates award-winning hostels at all of the destinations we will visit. These hostels provide quad units, with en suite facilities, meaning students will not share rooms with non-program participants. These hostels typically provide breakfast, and some facilities serve dinner. YHA facilities are extremely well regarded, and generally in excellent locations..



Prerequisites and Language Requirements

Priority given to students with GPAs of 3.0 and aboveThere is a fair amount of walking required on this trip, as well as the (voluntary) opportunity to swim and snorkel.


5 UW Credits


IBUS 490 (joint listing with JSIS 394): Business Australia (5 Credits)

This course will first meet for two weeks on campus, during spring quarter, so students can learn about the history, culture, and government of Australia, as well as become acquainted with the “Business, Government & Society” (BGS) paradigm we will use in Australia. Familiarizing students with the BGS model will prepare them for the on-site visits, and enable students to better understand how and why Australia ranks so high on multiple “quality of life” indexes/

Students will be assigned a reading list of articles on Australia, as well as case studies that describe the relationship between Australian businesses and the communities that they exist in. One test will be given to insure students have read the assigned materials.

Also during spring term, students will write a brief research paper on one of the assigned site visits, and present their findings to the class. This insures at least one student is an “expert” on the site visit. During the trip, the same student will give a shorter version of his/her summary of the site visit before we visit as a group, then “debrief” the entire class after the site visit ends.

Finally, during the trip, students will be required to take notes during/after site visits. Upon completion of the trip, each student will write a 15-page paper applying the BGS paradigm and specifically integrate what the student learned from at least four site visits.

Learning goals include:
This Exploration Seminar will provide students with an opportunity to:
• Meet with business leaders from a variety of successful Australian companies that operate both domestically and globally, as well as meet representatives of multinational corporations based outside of Australia, but that operate in Australia.
• Meet with local government leaders who collaborate with businesses on the appropriate level of regulation.
• Better understand the social, governmental and business factors that result in Australia being so highly rated as a place to live.
• Appreciate the Australian business community’s emphasis on sustainability, as well as its ability to work with key stakeholders.
• Compare and contrast how Australia and the United States view the relationship between businesses and the society’s they exist in.
• Become better global citizens.
• Represent the University of Washington in a professional manner to potential business partners.



Tod Bergstrom, Management and Organization, Program Director

Tod Bergstrom is a Management and Organization lecturer at Foster where he teaches two courses: “Introduction to Law for Business”, and “Business, Government & Society”. He is also the Course Coordinator for Foster’s Law program. Tod has previously led six overseas trips with UW students. Independently, he has travelled to 56 countries on six continents. When not teaching or traveling, Tod is a full-time, career prosecuting attorney with the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

Angela Shelley, Global Business Center, Program Co-Director

Angela Shelley is a Program Manager for Undergraduate Global Programs in Foster’s Global Business Center. She has studied abroad in England, Italy, and South Korea and spent a year living in northern Japan. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Wyoming and an M.S. in International Relations and Global Studies, with a concentration in Global Student Mobility, from Northeastern University. This will be the second Exploration Seminar Angela has co-led and her second overseas trip with UW students.



Program Expenses

Estimated Program Fee: $4,300

Included in the program fee:

  • $450 Study Abroad Fee
  • $300 Foster Study Abroad Fee
  • Instruction
  • Housing
  • Program activities and program travel
Not included in the program fee:
  • Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1,500)
  • Food (about $50/day)
  • UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
  • Other health expenses/immunizations
  • Personal spending money

Payment Due Date: October 13, 2018

Program fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates.

Financial Aid

  • A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
  • You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans.  To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid.  For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
  • Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.


  • There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
  • Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
  • For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered.  You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship.  Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
  • Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.

Budgeting Tools

We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:

  • Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
  • Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
  • Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
  • Visit the Finances section of our website.



Application Process

The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.


To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. You must also attend program-specific orientations offered by the program director.

You must register for the UW Study Abroad orientation. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for an orientation session.

Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.


UW Study Abroad is not responsible for obtaining visas for study abroad program participants. The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad including countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. This is an especially important consideration if you are planning to do more than one study abroad program. You can research visa requirements by calling the consular offices of those countries or checking the following website:

Note: If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. You can check the following website to find contact information for the consulate of the country you will be visiting:

For non-U.S. citizens, the procedures that you will need to follow may be different than those for U.S. citizens. It is important to initiate this process as soon as possible in order to assemble documents and allow time for lengthy procedures.

Disability Accommodations

The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at


$350 of the total program fee and the $450 UW Study Abroad Fee are non-refundable once a contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program are responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. No part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun. The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:

  1. Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
  2. Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.

Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.