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International Business: Australia and South East Asia

2015 Program Dates: June 19 - July 24, 2015
CRICOS Code: 00098G

Australia’s positioning amongst emerging Asian nations provides a unique setting to learn about how business is being conducted in this region of the world. The International Business: Australia and Southeast Asia summer program is coordinated through the University of New South Wales’s Australian School of Business and provides students with a glimpse into what must be considered for Australian companies to open business channels with these nations. The program has a strong emphasis on risk assessment methodologies and also includes consulate presentations.


  • Explore conducting business with Southeast Asian nations with experienced University of New South Wales faculty members.
  • Travel to some of Australia’s top locations, including Byron Bay, Darwin, Kakadu National Park, Canberra, Sydney, and Cairns.
  • Spend time in Australia’s capital, Canberra, to understand how government plays a role in business development.
  • Uncover connections to Southeast Asia through other participants, diverse faculty experience, and local visits.
  • Swim with six different species of sea turtles in the Great Barrier Reef.

The Program

This course is coordinated through The University of New South Wales's Australian School of Business within the Faculty of Banking and Finance. This school provides extensive experience in business relations throughout South East Asia. The program will consist of lecturers, workshops, consulate presentations and guest presentations from representatives of South East Asian countries. The consulate presentations will enable the students to comprehend the unique aspects of each country and identify positive ways to open business channels with these nations.

The course will develop a theoretical understanding of how to do business in foreign countries by examining the methodologies of country risk assessment as a foundation for developing business in Asian countries. In conjunction to this, research and lecture material will center on the South East Asian as a unique economic zone, where countries work independently unlike the united economic zone of the European Economic Union.

Locations and Guided Travel

The program commences in Darwin, in the ‘Top End’ of Australia. Here learning will focus on location-based business content, as the north of Australia is geographically located in the business region of South East Asia. Lectures, guest speakers and specific studies will be complemented by visits to local businesses, including an unforgettable two-day camping expedition into Kakadu, Australia’s largest World Heritage-listed National Park. Students will not only experience its spectacular scenery of vibrant wetlands, beautiful waterfalls, incredible bird life, reptiles and saltwater crocodiles but will focus upon the natural attractions of the “Top End’ and how business is conducted in this remote location. Kakadu also boasts the longest continuous surviving human culture and rock art in the world, that of the traditional owners of the land - the Aboriginal people.

From Darwin, the program will transfer to Canberra, Australia’s capital, seat of government and center of Australiasian business and political relations. Students will visit a number of South East Asian embassies, incorporating guest speakers who will highlight how Australia and their specific nation conduct business and forge relationships in the region.

In week three, the program moves to Sydney where students will be based at UNSW. Described by Travel and Leisure Magazine as the ‘best city in the world’, Sydney has something exciting and captivating for everyone. Set around a magnificent harbour are such world-famous icons as the Sydney Harbour Bridge and an Opera House which has been awarded ‘the building of the 20th century’ by the Guggenheim Institute. Classes will draw on Sydney’s central business district and focus on the political structures, economic systems, industries and financial structures of South East Asian economies, including an examination of the cultural practices and entry barriers to the Asian market.

Towards the end of the program, students will travel to the Cairns, the final destination of the program. Here studies will focus on the natural attractions of tropical North Queensland and the business relationships attracted to it. The Daintree rainforest and the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef provide distinct business projects for the South East Asian market. There is also time for students to relax and visit the Great Barrier Reef at the conclusion of the program.


Students will be housed in a variety of accommodation styles when travelling, including shared, budget-style accommodation, serviced apartments and a few nights camping.


Course size is restricted to 20-30 students allowing greater student participation and a more hands-on approach to learning. Teaching will be done by UNSW and lecturers. In addition, there will be over 100 other U.S. study abroad students participating in other UNSW summer courses. Most will be following similar itineraries, thus allowing for participants to meet and interact with other students.

Program Fees for 2014

Please check back for 2015 pricing.
Prices below listed in US Dollars. 

2014 Tuition and Program Fees:  $4,200
2014 Accommodation: $1,850
2014 Meals: $400
2014 Internet: $100

The program fee includes tuition (worth 6 UNSW credits, generally 4-8 US credits, on a UNSW transcript); all accommodation; excursion costs; airport shuttle services; orientation programs; and a UNSW student card (allowing access to all UNSW facilities); all meals when camping in Kakadu National Park, breakfasts and lunches in Sydney, breakfasts in Canberra, and breakfasts and final dinner in Cairns.   The program fee does not include other meals or airfares.


International air travel is organised through Qantas. Packages have been designed to allow students to spend time in the tropical north of Australia on the Great Barrier Reef at the completion of each program, or in a host of destinations such as New Zealand or Hawaii on their return to the US, at little or no extra cost. Upon application participants will be provided complete airfare details.

TEAN Staff

Participants on the TEAN summer program will receive pre-departure and on-the-ground support from the following individuals who are excited to help students spend five memorable weeks Down Under.

Russ Alexander, Director - Programs and Development 

Russ was involved with the first group of US study abroad students to come to Australia in the late 1980s. He studied abroad as a high school student for a year in Tyler, Texas and a semester at Georgetown University in Washington DC. Russ graduated from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, where he also became the Associate Director for Study Abroad. Russ joined the Study Australia team in 2000 and now directs the programs in Asia and is responsible for the educational design elements of our Australian/South Pacific programs. Russ is based in Chicago.

Favorite Destinations: Sydney, Australia; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Helen Armitage, Resident Director, Queensland

Helen has been working in the International Education Field for over 11 years. During her undergraduate degree at Griffith University, she started working in their international office on a part time basis. This became full time after she graduated with a Bachelors in Communications in 1998. Following her role at Griffith she worked in the International and Study Abroad teams at Bond University and was responsible for marketing and developing the study abroad and full degree programs in North America and Europe.  This role saw Helen travel extensively throughout these regions for many years. Helen is now the Resident Director in Queensland for Study Australia and is also completing her graduate studies in Education.

Favorite Destinations: Boston, USA;  Bergen, Norway;  London, England; Vancouver, Canada; Copenhagen, Denmark; Gold Coast; Australia

Christian Bonett, Resident Director, Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong

Christian was born in the English city of Bath, an Englishman by birth with Maltese, Spanish and French ancestry. The perfect recipe to encourage a thirst for knowledge, itchy feet and a love of adventure. Christian studied abroad in Bayonne, Bordeaux and Fontainebleau in France and Ettlingen in Germany as a high school student. Completed semesters in the National Academy of Art, Sofia - Bulgaria and Ecole des Beaux-Artes de Nantes, France as an undergraduate Fine Art student. After graduating and a few years living in London as a struggling artist, in 2005 Christian moved to Sydney, and enrolled into the University of New South Wales as a postgraduate Art Education student. Christian has been in Sydney ever since, working with TEAN in various guises.

Favorite Destinations: Sydney, Australia; Malta; New Zealand, Thailand

Shannon Diegel, Assistant Program Manager

After Shannon studied abroad while attending Loyola University Chicago, she knew her life would never be the same again. A few months following graduation she moved to Bangkok, Thailand to teach English. She thought she knew what city life was like after living in Chicago, but Bangkok found ways to surprise her every day! Upon returning home, she began working in international education, helping American high-school students travel the world and study abroad. Shannon is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Education at the SIT Graduate Institute.

Favorite Destinations: All of Thailand; Luang Prabang, Laos; Istanbul, Turkey; Pokhara, Nepal; Madrid, Spain.

Rachel Dorsey, Senior Program Manager

Through Valparaiso University, Rachel spent a semester abroad in Cambridge, England, which led to her passion for international education and cross-cultural exchange. Since graduating with a BA in History and Secondary Education, Rachel has taught geography in a high school setting and has traveled extensively throughout Asia and Oceania. Prior to joining us an Enrollment Coordinator, Rachel spent a year teaching English in Okinawa, Japan and was a luxury travel consultant in Chicago.

Favorite Destinations: Varanasi, India; Mui Ne, Vietnam; Lhasa, Tibet; Ring of Kerry, Ireland

Rob Gaetano, Resident Director, Melbourne

Robert has been working with international students at Monash University on and off since 2001. Apart from a two-year stint in London, Robert has lived in Melbourne his whole life and loves everything Melbourne has to offer. Robert is very passionate about travel and having been to every continent (except Antarctica), he encourages everyone he meets to spend some time abroad! In his other life, Robert is an actor who graduated from the National Theatre Drama School in 2011.

Favorite destinations: London; Peru; Chefchaouen, Morocco; Italy; Austin, Texas and New York City, USA.

Lauren Gabell, Marketing Manager

Lauren's passion for international education was ignited after studying abroad at Boston College in 1997. Lauren has worked for the study abroad offices at both Monash University and Deakin University. At Deakin University she was responsible for developing the study abroad program, and marketing the university in Europe, North America and Thailand. Lauren joined The Education Abroad Network in 2004 as the Resident Director in Melbourne. Lauren is now based out of Chiang Mai, Thailand, and in addition to marketing responsibilities is also involved with TEAN's in-country programs.

Favorite Destinations: Melbourne, Australia; Northern Thailand; Chicago, USA; South Island, New Zealand

Amanda Lord, Campus Relations

Amanda has been working in the field of International Education since 2002. She is from Rhode Island, and has lived and represented The Education Abroad Network both on the West and East Coast since 2008. Her experiences living in Australia in high school, as well as undergraduate and graduate school, led to her desire to make International Education her career. She completed her master's degree at the University of Rhode Island in the College Student Personnel program and enjoys working with and advising students about the many exciting options for studying abroad.

Favorite Destinations: Taghazout, Morocco; Beirut, Lebanon; Faro, Portugal; Playa Grande, Costa Rica



Participants in the program are able to obtain credits through universities and colleges in the United States and Europe. This program is approved by UNSW and students will receive their grades on a UNSW transcript. Credit transfer (worth 6 UNSW credits, generally 4-8 US credits) is subject to home institution regulations so please consult your academic advisor for guidance. TEAN and UNSW will provide all documentation to overseas institutions to assist in credit transfer.

Admissions Requirements and Application

Students should be currently enrolled at an approved degree-granting institution of higher education. This course is an introductory level business course, but students should have at least some business background on which to expand. Students should be currently enrolled at an approved degree-granting institution of higher education. Currently, there is a 2.8 minimum GPA requirement for this program.  If your GPA falls below the required minimum or you are currently a freshman, please contact us at 800.585.9658 to determine eligibility.

Interested students can apply on-line.

After acceptance into the program, a $1,000 deposit is required.  The deposit is fully refundable, less a $150 administrative fee, should students withdraw by March 15, 2014.  After March 15, 2014 the deposit is no longer refundable.  In extenuating circumstances, a refund may be a possibility after March 15, 2014; however, it is at the sole discretion of UNSW.

Application Deadline: Applications are assessed on a rolling basis until all spots are filled. We suggest interested students apply by March 15, 2014 to avoid disappointment. Interested students seeking to apply after March 15, 2014 are encouraged to contact our US office at 1.800.585.9658 as there may be a few spots available on the program.

A pre-departure package for the program will be sent to the applicant once accepted into the program.