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Discover the Island Continent

Become an intern abroad in Australia and begin to chart your own course to professional success.  A wealthy country with a high quality of life, Australia ranked second in the UN’s 2016 Human Development Index. With the eighth-largest immigrant population in the world, the nation offers a truly international community for you to join, full of racial and ethnic diversity. The “island continent” is full of wonderful cities and towns, each with its own distinct personality and appeal. For a big city with European vibes, look no further than Melbourne, where the country’s biggest sports fanatics live alongside some of Australia’s most important cultural institutions. Sydney, Australia’s most populous city, attracts over two million tourists a year with its gorgeous cityscape and endless number of things to do. Brisbane, with its year-round warm weather, the biggest Australian modern art gallery, and a smattering of cultural venues housed in converted buildings, is a vibrant city sharing the country’s eastern coast with Sydney. Perth, Australia’s capital and one of the most isolated major cities in the world, offers urban life at an easygoing pace on the western coast. Want a break from the hustle and bustle? Escape to Australia’s small towns. Central Tilba, a period village nestled at the base of Mt. Dromedary, offers several shops, restaurants, and cafes in colorful old buildings. Esperance is a surreal coastal fixture in southwestern Australia with a bright pink lake not far from the ocean, some of the whitest sand beaches in the country, and the world’s only full-size replica of Stonehenge. Go fishing in the coastal town of Yamba, where you can see dolphins jumping in the sea and give surfing a try at Angourie. Once a gold rush mining town in the 19th century, Kalgoorlie still offers an Old West feel, with historic buildings and mine tours set against a desert backdrop. Australia has the perfect spot for you, whatever your style and speed.   

Cities of Australia

Cities of Australia


You’ll find that Sydney is the home of exquisite museums and many prestigious universities including the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. As the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia, this bustling metropolis will serve as an exciting backdrop to your term abroad.
4.63 Million
Summer Temp
55°F (10°C)
Winter Temp
70°F (20°C)
Sample Programs
  • Internships
  • Business
  • Liberal Arts

If you love the outdoors, Australia is your ultimate playground, with a wide array of natural wonders and landscapes to explore. Swim with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef off Australia’s western coast or grab a snorkel mask to explore the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef in the world, home to sea turtles and colorful fish among other marine species. Sail through the Whitsunday Islands, where the warm water and quiet beaches create a gorgeous getaway destination. For a completely different experience, visit Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to see one of the continent’s most impressive natural features: the Uluru sandstone monolith, a rusty red rock formation standing over a thousand feet tall. If you’re looking for a greener spot, roam the Daintree Rainforest on the northeastern coast, where most of the country’s bats and butterflies live alongside frogs, reptiles, and marsupials. Fly over the Outback in a small plane for an aerial view of Australia’s most remote and iconic region, or hike into the area on foot for unmatched star gazing, sunset watching, and other special experiences like waterhole swimming. Visit Kangaroo Island to get up close and personal to Australia’s most famous native animal and stop by the island’s southern coast walk amongst endangered sea lions too. No matter what you like to do outside or what kind of ecosystem you prefer, Australia has you covered. Thanks to its huge immigrant population, Australia offers every kind of food imaginable, from Thai to Middle Eastern to Italian and everything in between. But if you’re looking for traditional Australian dishes, the country has plenty of options worth trying. Take your pick of meat pies, lamb roast, fish and chips, or dim sim, a Chinese-inspired meat and vegetable dumpling. For an Australian spin on an American favorite, order a cheeseburger with beet root, or better yet, try it homemade at a barbecue, a favorite Australian pastime. Two classic Australian cakes, lamingtons and pavlova, will vie for a spot on your list of favorite desserts. Whichever one you prefer, indulge your sweet tooth a little.   

Popular Programs

Popular Programs

When you’re in Australia, there’s never a shortage of things to see and do. Spend a weekend in wine country, touring the idyllic vineyards of southern Australia. Picnic in Perth’s Kings Park, the largest inner-city park in the world. When in Melbourne, stop by Wunderkammer, a shop of oddities including preserved insects, outdated scientific instruments, and taxidermy animals. Meet kangaroos, koalas, sun bears, and Sumatran tigers at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo, home to over three hundred species. Get tickets to a show at the world-famous Sydney Opera House, its uniquely shaped building the crowning feature of Sydney Harbor. Drive the Great Ocean Road, one of the continent’s most scenic stretches of highway that spans a hundred and fifty-one miles along the Victorian coast. Attend an Australian rules football game to see how intense the local fans can be. Check out the MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) in Hobart, Tasmania to view a fascinating collection of pieces in a mostly underground space.  If you’re an aspiring musician, actor, or filmmaker, Australia’s legacy of birthing great talents in these industries will inspire you. Solo singers and bands like AC/DC, Nick Cave, INXS, Kylie Minogue, Air Supply, Silverchair, Flume, Sam Sparro, and Keith Urban became internationally famous but started in Australia. A-list movie stars from Oz whose names you’ll recognize include Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Mel Gibson, Chris Hemsworth, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Heath Ledger, Margot Robbie, Rebel Wilson, and Russell Crowe.  When you do an internship abroad in Australia, you’ll pick up a wealth of desirable skills employers want and enjoy life in one of the world’s most popular destinations for international students. Thanks to Australia’s English-speaking population, you’ll be able to successfully join your host organization and the local community, making connections with new friends and co-workers that will outlast your stay. 

Australia Points of Interest

Australia Points of Interest

  • Sydney Fish Market The Sydney Fish Market is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. It features six seafood retailers, a bottle shop, greengrocer, bakery, butcher, sushi bar, a variety of seafood restaurants, a gift shop, and deli.
  • Bondi Beach Bondi Beach is Australia's most famous beach. Located only minutes from downtown Sydney, Bondi Beach is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the beautiful coastline.
  • Royal Botanic Gardens Located along the coast of Sydney Harbor and near the Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens offer spectacular greenery and beautiful scenery. The gardens host exotic and tropical plants as well as rare horticultural exhibits to explore and admire.
  • The Rocks Market The Rocks Markets offer gourmet street food and shopping alongside the harbor. Every Friday, students can enjoy local food, music, and shopping from local artisans that represent a variety of cultures and backgrounds.