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Sports and Exercise Psychology Summer Program
Immerse yourself in Australia’s popular sports culture and industry while gaining unique insight into sport and exercise psychology from a range of leading professors, professionals and athletes while traveling across Australia through Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Cairns. Designed as an introductory 3-credit course for students interested in a wide range of health and exercise science studies, as well as student athletes and sports enthusiasts, this hands-on course blends in-class lectures with diverse field trips, personal fitness and surfing training, guest speakers and presentations. Along with diving deep into the sports world, you’ll also have the opportunity to dive in the Great Barrier Reef, discover the beauty of Byron Bay, experience multi-cultural Melbourne and live right on the beach on the Gold Coast.
Travel through Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Cairns, plus live 2.5 weeks by the beach on the stunning Gold Coast known for its ideal climate and exciting nightlife
Learn from a number of professors and industry leaders, and get an inside look into popular Australian sports - such as rugby, Australian Rules Football, netball, surfing and lawn bowling - through facility visits, professional matches and more
Take part in interesting and immersive field trips learning from industry experts and organizations like the Victorian Institute of Sport and professional sports clubs
Discover Australia’s natural beauty by snorkeling or diving in the Great Barrier Reef, visiting the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, kayaking with dolphins, and spotting whales in Byron Bay
Experience Cairns, known for its rugged natural beauty, with a free day to explore on your own - visit the ancient Daintree Rainforest, raft the whitewater rapids on the Tully River, or make your way to stunning Fitzroy Island
Have the opportunity to do strength and conditioning training with an included gym membership OR take surfing lessons on the Gold Coast OR play golf at local courses OR participate in beach volleyball training sessions. Minimum numbers may apply for certain sports
Appreciate access to TEAN’s Gold Coast-based Resident Director and other in-country staff for continued support throughout the program
About the Course
Sport and Exercise Psychology (KIN 323)
Combining classroom lectures with a range of field trips, self-study and even sports training opportunities, this course provides students interested in sport and exercise psychology with an overview of the basic theories and principles to understand the psychological and behavioral aspects of sports and exercise within the U.S. and Australian sports industry. The introductory level course is designed for students from a range of disciplines (such as Health Education, Physical Education, Exercise Science, Sports Management, and Coaching & Sports Management) and is relevant for broader health studies or exercise science programs.
Along with exploring applied aspects of sports performance enhancement and mental skills, exercise behavior and motivation, the sociological factors related to health and wellbeing of participants, students will also examine how participating in sports, exercise and physical activities affects the psychological well being of participants, coaches, spectators and fans.
To request syllabus complete this form and indicate the name of the course (Sports and Exercise Psychology) you need the syllabus for.
Originally from Australia, Dr. Michael, or Mick Savage taught in his homeland for six years before moving to the U.S. with a focus in pedagogy. He has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Purdue University and is currently a Professor of Physical Education in the Department of Kinesiology and the Director of Service Learning at Elmhurst University. With a particular interest in researching Australian and American adolescents’ health risk behaviors and best teaching practices for physical education teachers, for this program Dr. Savage combines his familiarity and understanding of both Australian and U.S. sports cultures with his expertise in sports sciences and physical education.
Transcript & Credits
Upon completion of the course you will be issued with an Elmhurst University academic transcript. The course is worth 4 U.S. credits. The course consists of 69 hours of class contact time over three weeks comprising field trips, lectures and presentations.
Elmhurst University, located in suburban Chicago, is accredited by the Department of Education of the State of Illinois, and by: The Higher Learning Commission, A Member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Experience different aspects of Australia’s sports world with stays across the country in Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Cairns, plenty of field excursions and even your own sports training.
Start the program with a few days in Melbourne meeting the group, exploring the culture-rich city, beginning your first class, and visiting leading sporting centers and organizations such as the Victorian Institute of Sport, Australian Sporting Hall of Fame and, if schedules permit, even a professional Australian Rules Football match.
Next, spend the bulk of the program based on the Gold Coast in the beachside area of Broadbeach participating in lectures, site visits, training with local athletes and exploring the region. Throughout your 2.5 weeks here take part in visits to leading institutions including Bond University and University of Queensland, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Byron Bay, and the Gold Coast Titans Professional Rugby Club. While on the Gold Coast you’ll also participate in your own fitness training with a personal gym membership or the option to take surf lessons.
After courses wrap up, move from the Gold Coast to Cairns to explore the tropical far north of Australia with a walking tour, excursion to the Great Barrier Reef with marine biologist on-board and a full free day to pursue your own interests in the region. End the experience with a fun farewell dinner before flying back to the U.S.
Keep your fitness regimen on track while living on the Gold Coast through included sports training opportunities. Choose from either:
- A gym membership to train on your own
- 5 surfing lessons
- 5 golf sessions at local courses
- 5 beach volleyball training sessions
A minimum number of participants may apply for certain sports.
- 2.5 GPA
- Currently enrolled at an approved degree-granting institution of higher education.
This program not running for Summer 2021. Please check back for future available terms.
Students will be housed in youth hostel, backpacker-style accommodation in Melbourne and Cairns and well-appointed serviced apartments in Gold Coast.
International air travel and flights within Australia is organized through Qantas via our partner, STA Travel. Upon application participants will be provided complete airfare and booking details.
Throughout the program, students are joined by local TEAN staff along with U.S.-based TEAN staff who oversee the course and provide 24/7 support. Feel free to come to them with any questions or concerns you may have and make sure to ask them about what to do or where to go during your travels – they have plenty of insider recommendations!
Dates, Fees & Inclusions
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application as soon as possible for Summer applications. Earlier applications will be accepted. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Application Deadline||May 1|
|Date of Departure||July 9|
|Arrive in Australia||July 11|
|Program Ends||Aug 1|
*These dates are tentative. Final dates will be released closer to departure.
2022 Program Fees
Estimated program fees: $4,995 with sports training
Estimated program fees: $4,695 without sports training
- Tuition (4 credits on an Elmhurst University transcript)
- All accommodation
- Airport transfers and all course-related ground transport
- Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
- TEAN Orientation upon arrival
- Some meals
- Cultural events and excursions including visiting the Curumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, visit to Byron Bay, attending both a professional rugby and Australian Rules football match, and a day snorkeling or diving on the Great Barrier Reef
- Numerous field trips that complement the lectures including visits to the Victorian Institute of Sport – the premier training facility in Victoria for olympic and paralympic high performance athletes, Gold Coast Titans’ (professional rugby team) $25 million training facility and Bond University’s Health Institute of Sport – the only Australian training facility to be awarded the Strength of America Award
- Minimum of five sports training sessions in either strength and conditioning, surfing, beach volleyball or golf. Participants must choose one sport to do all five sessions.
- Staff and resources available 24/7 to provide assistance and recommendations during emergencies
- Pre-departure planning sessions and assistance from U.S.-based TEAN staff including pre-departure guidance for students
What’s Not Included
- Airfares (approx. $1,850 – $2,200)
- Visa ($20 AUD)
- Meals not mentioned above (approx. $250 – $400)
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What is your role at TEAN?
I am the Resident Director for Queensland and responsible for working with our in-country study abroad students in our schools across this state. My role is to ensure that all students are supported and mentored and experience cultural events relevant to their location. I am the study abroad “mom” to all of my groups and try to ensure they stay focused on their schooling and experience all that their location has to offer. I like to get them to see the value of their study abroad semester and how it will benefit them in the future. I am also the Full Degree Program Manager for TEAN. In this role I work with students who are interested in taking their entire degree program in Australia or New Zealand.
How did you come to this current role?
I have been working in International Education since 1995. I have been involved in the study abroad and international offices at both Griffith University and Bond University on the Gold Coast. While at Bond University I managed the study abroad program for North America and was responsible for building partnerships with programs and U.S. schools. I have travelled extensively through North America and have visited many of our partner schools. I started working with TEAN as the Queensland Resident Director in 2010.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Seeing students grow and become more independent during their semester. Watching students learn to problem solve issues and gain confidence to make decisions on their own. I enjoy getting to know the groups and each group are varied and unique. I like seeing them develop lifelong friendships amongst the groups and enjoy watching them have fun at the various cultural events I arrange. I have met some amazing students over the years, who I am still in touch with today.
How do you work with students who are interested in pursuing their full degree abroad?
I am their go to person from start to finish. I help them narrow down their university choices, submit applications and answer any questions they may have through the process.When offers come in, I then assist them to accept the best option for them and talk them through next steps. This includes who to contact about U.S loans and aid, how to apply for their visa and enrolment. Being in the same time zone as the schools here and it makes it easy for me to follow up. I also have lots of contacts that i can reach out to directly, so it saves them time and stress.
What are some top reasons a student should consider a full degree in Australia or New Zealand?
You will be pursuing a quality education at some of the world’s top ranked universities while enjoying a personalized education. Australia and New Zealand are desirable places to live and attract high quality professors from all over the world. You will also graduate with a competitive advantage – most people don’t study overseas and having an international qualification and living in another country puts you ahead of your peers who stay in the U.S. You will also have gained a new network of international contacts.
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Where have you traveled and lived in Asia Pacific?
I lived and worked in Sydney for a year. I also had an internship in Sydney in college. I have also traveled to China, Singapore, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, and New Zealand.
Can you share some of the highlights or lessons from your time living abroad?
The biggest lesson I have learned from my time abroad is adaptability. Living in another country can really bring you out of your comfort zone and force you into situations where you have to go with the flow. I learned to embrace the differences of the different cultures I was experiencing rather than wishing I could have the same things/experiences I was used to back home in the U.S. I loved navigating my way around new places, getting lost and discovering the best places that I just stumbled upon because I was up for whatever came my way.
What are your recommendations for top places to check out in Sydney?
There are so many great suburbs that offer a little something different for everyone. I LOVE Bourke Street Bakery in Surry Hills, specifically their sausage rolls and lemon tart, but everything is amazing. I also recommend enjoying some of the northern beaches as they are much less crowded and gorgeous. People should also do the Manly to Spit Bridge walk as it is stunning!
What do you think makes Singapore an amazing place to study abroad?
Singapore is one of those hidden gems in Southeast Asia. I feel like it is a very misunderstood country as people think everything is just glass highrise buildings and everything is really expensive. There are actually some really great neighborhoods with lots of different cultures represented. Owning a car and buying an apartment are expensive, but for day to day life for a study abroad student, it’s a very affordable study abroad destination.
What is your advice for a student who is on the fence about studying abroad?
I would always tell students who were on the fence about studying abroad that they will never look back and say, I really wish I didn’t spend five months in Australia or wherever they are thinking about going. Studying abroad is such a life-changing experience and even if the first few weeks are tough, you learn so much about yourself and how well you can navigate the unknown.