The Travel Writing and Internship Program in Sydney, Australia offers students the opportunity to produce travel writing across various forms of the genre while interning in the field. Offered during summer term, this program is structured around an eight-day guided research trip when students travel to small-town coastal Australia. On this trip, students will gather a research portfolio for articles and written pieces while also undertaking an online blog. Upon return to Sydney, class sessions and assignments will draw on students’ research gathered on the road trip. An internship placement in journalism will complement the academic course. Student accommodations are located in the BU Sydney Academic Center, and offer easy access to public transportation, Darling Harbour, Chinatown, and the city business district.
Requirements & Considerations
- Open to undergraduate and graduate students
- Non-US citizens must contact BU Study Abroad prior to submitting an application, and are strongly encouraged to apply early in order to allow sufficient time to secure a visa. Obtaining visas may not be possible for applications received after the March 1 deadline.
- Admissions requirements for all programs
Students enroll in the course (JO 528) and an internship (JO 411).
- COM JO 411 Internship in Journalism (4 credits)
- Students intern in magazines, newspapers, web publications, and publishing houses, writing, copy-editing, fact-checking, interviewing, reporting, and reviewing.
- COM JO 528 Travel Writing in Australia: Journalism and Non-Fiction (4)
- The course will focus on producing travel articles and factual pieces on travel and tourism developed around a sense of audience and purpose. Through the study of selected texts (including magazine and newspaper articles) and the drafting of written pieces, students will learn how to refine their writing style in order to integrate local voices, aspects of place, and other detailed research in an engaging narrative. Established travel writers and travel editors will be guest lecturers. There may be publication opportunities within the local, national, and overseas press for student work of the highest merit.
Housing & Student Services
- Students have single, furnished rooms, in 3–4 person suites with a shared kitchen, 1.5 bathrooms, and common area with a television. They are provided with bedding, a bath towel, and wash cloth. There is a microwave in the kitchen which can also be used to bake. There is a mall a short walk away where students can purchase kitchen supplies, home goods, and groceries.
- Board is not included/no stipend
- No dining hall availability
- Library and classrooms in the same building for students to use
- 24 hr. security, a roof deck for students to hang out, a fully-stocked library with computers, classrooms in the same building
- Summer Term: Early June to late July
- Summer Term: March 1
Cost & Financial Considerations
- Summer 2016 Tuition & Fees: $9,175
Cost includes tuition, housing, airfare from designated West Coast cities, field trips, and overseas medical insurance, and emergency travel assistance coverage.
- Estimated program budget, including cost of living expenses for Summer 2016
- Financial aid available
- BU Study Abroad arranges a trans-Pacific group flight that is included in the program fee. We recommend that students take this flight.